Is it bad to have a non transferable window and door warranty? No, it’s not bad. However, having a transferable warranty does mean that the current owner of the home can transfer the warranty to the next owner.
While a non transferable warranty can potentially increase the value and appeal of the home to potential buyers, it is not typically a make or break and shouldn’t directly affect you.
Purchasing your window and door installations shouldn’t be a rushed, impulsive decision. Take time to research and compare the benefits and warranty coverage options just as you would compare the style, price and other product characteristics.
Paper Trails for a Non Transferable Warranty
Paper trails are important--even more so when investing in windows and doors. Remember to document the date, save your receipt, and file it with your warranty, so you’ll have a record of the purchase and warranty, proving that you’re the original owner in the case of a non transferable warranty.
“Express warranty is a written or spoken promise from a manufacturer or retailer. Federal law requires that written warranties that come with products costing more than $10 be labeled “full” or “limited.” Full warranties are transferable, don’t limit implied warranties or require the consumer to pay any fees to obtain service (such as shipping charges), and give customers the option of a replacement or full refund after a reasonable number of failed repair attempts. Limited warranties don’t have to meet all those requirements.” - Consumer Report
2 Key Notes of a Non Transferable Warranty
1. Company Reputation
A company’s reputation, large or small, should be taken into consideration when comparing product offerings and warranties. A warranty is only as good as the company that stands behind it. You can jumpstart your research by,
Reviewing the company’s website for credibility, such as an address or phone number to contact if you have questions or problems
Researching if your local or state consumer protection office or Better Business Bureau if they have any complaints against the company
2. Proper Maintenance
Products come with care instructions and are often under warranty for faulty parts under normal working conditions. One way to ensure good, long-lasting function is by performing required maintenance and inspections as directed and using the product in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction.
Are Non Transferable Warranties Bad?
A non transferable warranty isn’t bad, it’s the same warranty coverage as a transferable warranty. The only difference is that it stays with the original purchaser and cannot transfer to another owner.
Each manufacturer and product is unique and has varying performance levels requiring different warranty coverage. To learn more about EAS warranties, click the button below.
The following are additional warranty resources we’ve developed to help you better understand how window and door warranties work: