Consider the following misconceptions:
A roof just sits there, nothing can happen to it
While a roof does “just sit there”, there are many forces acting upon it giving it a very dynamic nature. For example: the sun’s ultraviolet rays are breaking it down, the oppressive Florida heat is causing the roof to expand followed by cool afternoon showers causing it to contract. These forces cause minor defects, which compound if ignored, causing major roof problems.
I'm covered - I have a roofing warranty
A roofing warranty is a manufacturer’s assurance that a roof will last a specified time period under normal conditions with periodic maintenance. A common misconception is that long-term warranties are all-inclusive insurance policies designed to cover any roofing problem, regardless of the cause or circumstance.
Actually, roof warranties may not cover common leaks and may be considered void if proper maintenance is not performed.
My maintenance person can take care of it.
Current roofing systems are complex and innovative using rubbers, plastics, modified asphalts and other synthetic materials. Maintenance people are not trained to understand the complexity of modern roofing systems. They may do more harm than good by using incompatible materials; and an improper repair also risks voiding your manufacturer’s warranty.
An “in-house” repair may cost an owner in three ways:
- The repair did not work and actually compounded the problem.
- The maintenance person repaired it using the wrong materials and voided the manufacturer’s warranty.
- The “repair” has to be undone then fixed properly.
Isn't a roof maintenance program expensive?
You have a lot invested in your roof system – it is one of the major “assets” of your building. Major roof manufacturers agree that nothing is more critical to your roof’s long-term cost performance than establishing a program of regular inspections and proper maintenance. That’s why they require it in their warranties. Also, failure to perform and document regular roof maintenance can be the basis of your insurance carrier denying any payment even on a legitimate claim – say in the event of hurricane damage. We can protect your roof system for as little as 1% of its replacement value annually (depending your roof’s age and complexity). Contact us today for a free estimate – and safeguard your investment.
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