Understanding Roof Warranties
Almost all roofs come with a warranty. Whether the material you choose is inexpensive or costly, some type of warranty will most likely come with it. However, just because you know your roofing material has a warranty doesn’t mean you can rest easy knowing that anything that goes wrong with the roof will be covered. In fact, many warranties are quite limited with regard to what they cover, and the vast majority of roofing manufacturers will require you to perform regular maintenance on your roof in order to make the warranty valid.
Although the specific maintenance required to keep a manufacturer’s roofing warranty valid will vary depending on the manufacturer, you can safely assume that many of those manufacturers will require regular annual preventive maintenance that might include any or all of the following:
- Thorough inspection of drains, pipes and vents to check for possible leaks
- Inspection of sealing and flashing around chimneys, skylights, valleys and junctions
- Repair of any visible leaks
- Replacement of any damaged tiles or shingles
- Removal of rooftop debris and cleaning of gutters and downspouts
- Inspection and repair of all edge metal
If, by chance, the roofing material you choose does not come with a warranty, it’s a good idea to ask your contractor to help you choose another material that does. Also remember to make sure that your roofing contractor provides a service warranty as well, which any reputable roofer will do.
Source: Facilitiesnet http://www.facilitiesnet.com/roofing/article/Reading-The-Fine-Print–8226#
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