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What does a Workmanship Warranty Mean?

By September 25, 2023No Comments

If you’re wondering, “What does a workmanship warranty mean?” Let Louisiana Roof Crafters help you out. Construction and contracting companies offer workmanship warranties. How does it work, what is usually included, and the spectrum of available warranties?


The term “workmanship warranty” refers to a guarantee that pertains to the quality of the work performed by the contractor, which is distinct from any product guarantee or material warranty.

In evaluating a contractor’s proposal and determining recourse over issues related to past projects, understanding a “workmanship warranty” is vital. When dealing with licensed professionals, it helps to understand the difference between workmanship warranties and material/product warranties (provided by the manufacturer).

What is Workmanship?

In the construction industry, workmanship is essential to ensuring a project’s safety and longevity. Thus, a workmanship warranty indicates that the contractor stands behind and guarantees the quality of their work.

What Does a Workmanship Warranty Cover?

Any defects in the workmanship performed by the contractor or his or her assignee (subcontractor) are typically covered by a workmanship warranty. Any issues resulting from incorrect building techniques, faulty installation, or other workmanship-related problems are covered.

There are two types of damages related to workmanship issues:

Corrections (also called resolutions). Reinstalling something installed incorrectly is the same as “fixing the problem.”

Consequential damages. This describes the error’s damage. For example, sealing the leak and correcting the damage caused by water intrusion resulting from the leak would be the correction.

Companies’ coverage differs, so the best questions are about coverage in these two areas; are consequential damage caps in place? How does the approval process work?

How are Warranties Provided?

It is important that the contractor provides the warranty itself in writing. Some contractors include warranty language in their contract or signed scope of work, while others issue a signed letter containing warranty information and any applicable provisions after the work has been completed.

The product or material warranty is accompanied by proof of purchase, usually a receipt or invoice, which is not included with the product. The packaging of most products, including building and construction materials, typically includes warranty information if any material warranty is offered.

Contractors who combine a workmanship warranty with a product/material/manufacturing warranty from their supplier are typically required to provide a material list as proof of purchase, which serves as proof of purchase for the buyer. The material warranty is extended to the end-user of the installed product, even though the contractor typically purchases the materials for a job.

Our Lifetime Warranty Information page details the warranties we provide for work in the greater Wichita area.

Is a Workmanship Warranty Transferable?

The warranty can often be transferred to a new owner if the property changes ownership. A contractor must be consulted before transferring a warranty, as there may be a fee, timeline, or limitations. Therefore, when considering large projects, it is important to factor in additional fees associated with the transfer of ownership.

How Does a Workmanship Warranty Overlap a Material Warranty?

The difference between a material and a workmanship warranty is that a material warranty covers defects caused by the construction materials. In contrast, a workmanship warranty covers the quality of the contractor’s work. Some of these warranties overlap, but they are distinct in other cases.

What Extra Steps Do Contractors Go Through to be Able to Offer a Workmanship Warranty?

Contractors that offer workmanship warranties offer workmanship warranties and can provide a guarantee that their work meets the highest standards of quality.

What is the Process for Calling in a Workmanship Warranty?

You should contact the contractor who performed the work if you experience a workmanship warranty issue. They will examine the situation and determine whether the warranty covers the topic. If so, they will take the necessary steps to resolve it.

What are the Signs of a Manufacturer’s Defect or Something that Would be Considered Under the Product Warranty?

The materials used in the construction project may indicate a manufacturer’s defect, such as defective shingles or flashing. The manufacturer’s product warranty covers roofing issues and must be resolved by the manufacturer. We have published a series for information on identifying asphalt shingle manufacturing defects.

What Areas of a Roof Are Common Concerns for Warranty or Workmanship Claims?

In the roofing industry, workmanship warranties are standard. Roof warranty claims typically involve improperly installed shingles, flashing, and problems with ventilation.

What About Storm Damage?

An insurance policy usually covers storm damage, so a workmanship warranty does not apply. However, a good contractor will have a claims team to assist customers with filing claims and ensure storm damage repairs are completed quickly and efficiently.


A workmanship warranty protects customers in case of any unexpected issues with the work after completion. It also gives them peace of mind that the company is confident in the quality of their work and is willing to back it up with a legally enforceable promise.

Call Louisiana Roof Crafters at 225-238-6396 for more information. We service areas in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Hammond, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, and New Orleans, LA.

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