It’s a huge relief when your new roof’s installed. But you’re mistaken if you think you’re good to go. If your house or commercial building is hit by a hailstorm or other adverse weather you may require your contractor to revisit the project.
Your roof is a sizeable investment, which means it needs the same care and maintenance as you’d give your vehicle, for example. Let’s look at some of the misconceptions you may have about maintaining your roof, and why it’s time to wise up and inform yourself about maintenance.
My roof is modern, so it doesn’t need maintenance
This is a myth! It’s true that materials and technology have improved, so roofs are stronger, more efficient and even easier to install. However, the advances will never be able to guarantee that your roof is maintenance-free. If a roofer tells you your new roof has a 20-year guarantee you need to investigate because it likely comes with clauses.
Research shows that 80% of commercial roofs need to be replaced prematurely because the owner has not followed a regular maintenance schedule. A proactively maintained roof, however, has the potential to last longer than the manufacturer’s warranty, depending on the roofing system and building type.
Clients and contractors should discuss a roof maintenance program as part of the initial quote process. Proactive maintenance is a business opportunity for roofers; they should explore this if it’s not already part of their value offering.
My roof is covered by materials warranties
It’s true that material warranties cover manufacturer material defects. But this accounts for less than 1% of roof failures. A poor installation is the most common cause of issues experienced by a contractor, followed by severe weather such as hailstorms, and then lack of maintenance. These situations are not covered under manufacturer limited material warranties. Even extended warranties won’t cover problems that occur as a result of neglecting regular maintenance. If your roof is hammered by hail it’s likely it won’t be covered by the manufacturer if you can’t prove you’ve adhered to a maintenance program.
A roofer should inspect a roof once or twice a year to look for problems before they become severe and allow moisture to enter the building. For the builder, the inspections can unlock potential work. They’re able to repair roofs or install new ones, by being first in line to discover potential issues.
For clients, they’ll be grateful that issues are discovered and repaired before their warranty is affected. They also benefit because minor defects are more cost effective to repair, and their properties won’t experience internal damage caused by water intrusion, mold or other issues. These can be picked up with regular maintenance inspections.
My roof doesn’t need maintenance
While it may seem like an inconvenience, maintaining a roof goes hand-in-hand with warranty compliance. Both contractors and clients should inspect the manufacturer’s warranty document at the start of a job. Most will state something similar to this: “You must perform regular inspections and maintenance and keep records of this work.” The last point is an important one. As a homeowner, ask your builder for the certificate and keep it in a safe place.
Treating maintenance as “optional” could affect the warranty and even shorten the lifespan of the roof. This is another reason a contractor should offer a maintenance contract as part of every roofing estimate. This also means building owners must brief their property manager to ensure that the roof is appropriately inspected and maintained.
A long-lasting and robust roof can only be ensured through correct installation and twice a year inspection and maintenance. Ignoring this fact may be a hard and expensive lesson you learn.
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