When new siding is installed on your home, it is important to add insulation under the siding at the same time (click here to learn why). Because the insulation is a small component of the entire job, you may not be paying attention to the details of the warranty. Warranties are designed to provide assurance to customers against faulty or defective products, and therefore are an important element of any new purchase.
There are many different types of insulation products available today. While most of these products have warranties that cover the same key characteristics, they don’t all provide the same level of coverage. You want to be sure that the insulation you choose will protect your home, and your investment, for years to come.
Here are some important aspects of an insulation warranty that you will want to be aware of:
MATERIAL COSTS VS. LABOR COSTS:?If something goes wrong with a product, many manufacturers will only play to replace the faulty material, while you are left to cover all labor costs. Although not many manufacturers offer it, look for the products that cover the labor to correct any possible problems as well.
LENGTH OF COVERAGE: Typically, a warranty with a longer term will imply that the product is of better quality, or that the company is willing to stand behind their product longer. Many insulation manufacturers have warranties of 15 or 30 years, while some go as far as to cover the lifetime of the siding job.
TRANSFERABLE TO NEXT HOMEOWNER: If you aren’t planning on staying in your home for the entire length of coverage, a warranty can be an added bonus for a home buyer. However, some warranties expire when a home is sold. Make sure the warranty for your insulation transfers to a subsequent homeowner, and that you are aware of any paperwork that must be filed to do so.
TRACK RECORD: Doing a Google search or finding reviews on a company can tell you a lot about the track record of their products, and the strength of their warranty. Always make sure you are buying a product from a reputable manufacturer that will stand behind their product in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.