A roofing warranty is of great importance for a homeowner as it protects them from faulty products and costly repairs/replacements. But homeowners sometimes take actions that can void their roof warranty, rendering it useless should any warranty repairs be needed. Here are 7 actions that will cause your roof warranty to become void.
1. Improper Installation
A contractor who cuts corners or disregards the roofing manufacturer’s regulations about how roofs should be installed risks the availability of your warranty. Most manufacturers have strict guidelines about things like the minimum depth of a deck, the type and length of nails used, the number of nails per shingle, the application of flashing, etc.
For this reason, it’s critical to choose contractors with advanced certifications and experience with the type of roof being installed.
2. Improper Ventilation
Good venting occurs when outside air enters the attic and ushers out warm air. Improper ventilation results in trapping excessive heat and moisture in your attic. This may cause premature roof failure.
3. Hot Roofs
A hot roof has no ventilation and most often spray foam insulation is directly attached to the roof sheathing. This used to be common practice but is now against most building codes.
4. Pressure Washing
Pressure washing may be the first solution you think of when you want to remove moss, algae, grime, and debris from the surface of your roof. Of course, you’ll get immediate and drastic cleaning results with this. But pressure washing can void the roof warranty because it can take off granules and even destroy the membrane or structure.
5. Adding Antennas and Satellite Dishes
When any holes are added to your roof, whether from installing a new satellite dish or antenna, skylights, or other protrusions, your roof can be left susceptible to leaks in addition to a voided warranty. This does not mean you’re forbidden from installing anything on your roof. Read your warranty closely and work with your roofing contractor to ensure your roof and warranties remain intact.
6. Adding Skylights and Solar Panels
Fixtures such as solar panels and skylights may involve shingle removal and roof penetrations, which can cause problems with your roof warranty. It’s best to have the solar panel or skylight installer work with your roof contractor to protect the integrity of your roofing materials and keep your warranty.
If you looking for a reputable roofing company in Los Angeles, turn to Roof Repair Specialist for all your roofing needs. Our highly trained and experienced teams can replace, repair, and maintain your home’s roof so it lasts decades. Contact us for a free roof inspection today.