A roof is one of the most important and costly investments for your home. It literally protects your family and belongings. Roof damage is one of the top reasons homeowner’s seek an insurance claim. However, close to 90% of all roofs do not qualify for the manufacturers’ long term warranty. Here are 6 of the top reasons roof warranties are invalidated.
- Incorrect roof installation. Roofing manufacturers have strict regulations about how a roof is to be installed. Work with a roofing installation company that has experience with your type of roof. Research online reviews of the company and ask questions about the training and certification of their crew for the installation of that manufacturer’s roof.
- Improper ventilation. Air flow is key to prolonging the life of your shingles. Many roofing companies will put a roof on but don’t address the ventilation needs. Make sure the roofing installation company you choose is aware of the ventilation requirements covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for your roof.
- Maintenance. Be familiar with the owner’s responsibility and annual checklist on your warranty. This usually includes keeping the roof clean and free of debris, inspecting the roof once or twice a year, and keeping the flashing and masonry around the roof in good condition. Using a power washer on a high setting to clean your roof will disrupt the granules on the shingles and can invalidate your warranty.
- Weather Damage. Hail, wind, and ice damage can invalidate your warranty, but are usually covered under your homeowner’s warranty. Inspect your roof carefully after a storm to make sure any damage is timely reported directly to your homeowner’s insurance company.
- Modifications. Adding solar panels, sky lights, antenne, and satellite dishes can void your manufacturer’s warranty. Always check with your specific warranty to see if any alterations to the original state of the roof is covered.
- Failure to report damage promptly. Roofing manufacturer warranties often have time limits on reporting leaks or inadequacies in the roofing materials. If you notice anything that is amiss, immediately contact your manufacturer.
Being familiar with your warranty, especially the owner’s maintenance expectations, will protect your long term investment. Regular roof inspections, especially after intense weather, and timely reporting damage or issues is key to making sure your roof is in the best shape to cover your family.