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Question DetailsAsked on 10/20/2016

I purchased a newly built townhouse by a construction company in 2008. How long is the roof leakage warranty?

last night there was quite heavy rain in town. I found leakage at the upper wall of a room and floor is wet.
Can I make this leakage be repaired by the construction company?
I am asking whether this can be covered by the warranty.

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Find your original new home construction contract with them and read the warranty terms - but usually (and in some states by law) 1 year - sometimes contractors offer up to 10 years warranty on new construction roofs but rarely.

The shingles or roofing material itself may have up to a lifetime manufacturer's warranty, but that only covers defects in the materials themselves - a rare thing, and after 8 years unless they are falling apart dur to weathering, would be almost impossible it was not caused by faulty installation if it lasted this long without problems.

If you can get a view of the roof (from street, a hill, friendly neighbor's deck, drone, etc look to see if you can see any damage - missing or peeled-back shingles, peeled back ridge vent, etc. Obviously, binoculars or telephoto lens (camera or smart phone) help a lot with this.

Otherwise, if warranty is expired, a Roofing company would be the one to inspect your roof and give you a bid on repair - or do it on the spot if a small damaged point.

This assumes it was due to roof failure (check in attic for wetness if you can) - could also be due to overflowing gutters (especially if you have short or no eave overhang), water driving into a roof vent (if wetness is near a vent like bathroom fan vent), or possibly window flashing failure if at or below a window.

Another remote possibility, which would be coincidental if it happened same time a heavy rain - is attic A/C condensate drain blockage and leakage.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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