Cultivate These Three Habits to Preserve Your Roof Warranty

Posted on: 30 August 2016

A good roof warranty can save you thousands of dollars in terms of roof repairs. However, if you aren't careful, your actions can void the warranty and make you responsible for damages to your roof. Here are three habits you should cultivate to maintain your roof warranty.

Be Wary of DIY Roofing Repairs

According to roof companies, DIY work causes some of the worst roof damage. Roofing companies have no law against DIY roof repairs per se; it's just that amateurs are more likely to make mistakes than professionals. For example, if a few shingles are missing on your roof, you might be tempted to handle their replacement as a DIY project. Nailing the shingles incorrectly (a common DIY mistake), however, can void your warranty and leave you to foot the bill for an expensive repair.

Consult the Roofing Company Before Roof Installation

Every time you install something on the roof, you increase the risk of roof damage at that particular section of the roof. For example, installing a solar panel involves drilling holes on the roof, which increases the risk of leaks. This doesn't mean that you can't install an antenna, skylight, or solar panels on your roof. It just means that you need to contact the roofing company first. In most cases, the roofing company or contractor will coordinate with your solar-panel installer to ensure the job is accomplished to everybody's satisfaction. Your roofing company may also wish to confirm that the installer is a licensed professional who understands the scope of the job.

Maintain Your Roof as Required

Lastly, you should also make it a habit not to ignore any necessary roof-maintenance practices. Neglecting your roof is one of the easiest ways to void its warranty. Here are some of the maintenance practices you need to observe as a matter of habit.

  • Keep the roof free of debris. Debris encourages moisture accumulation, which increases the risk of decay or rot and eventual leakage.
  • Perform routine inspections to identify teething problems. Such subtle damage can lead to serious problems if not corrected promptly.
  • Apart from routine inspections, you also need to inspect the roof after every major event (such as a hailstorm) that can damage it.

Hopefully, the above practices will help you maintain your roof warranty. It's also a good idea to talk to your residential roofing company for any specific actions that may void your warranty.

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