Consider the following misconceptions:
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.
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.
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.
- The inspection is performed following the minimum procedural property inspection guidelines for structural, electrical.
- The report will state if the building under consideration is safe for the specified use and continue occupancy.
- Destructive test will not be performed.
- Engineers will attest the results to the best of their knowledge, belief and professional judgment and base on the conditions observed.
- The Certification report is required to be submitted to the Local Government within 90 days or a violation notice might be issued without further notice and building can be reported as unsafe structures for initiation of condemnation process. You might be liable for a maximum fine of $10,510 and all enforcement costs. Local government Code enforcement unit might vacate and demolish the structure.