A roof warranty is not unlike insurance; it protects your investment should you require extensive facility repairs. However, warranties have provisions; know what instances nullify and void a commercial roof warranty.
1. Roof Misuse
Some facilities treat the roof as an extra floor. Rooftop restaurants and bars, for example, are quite commonplace due to the expansive views they provide. The roof is not intended for this type of use. The constant foot traffic can lead to premature wear that the warranty does not cover. If you intend to use the roof this way, contact a roofer to explore roof fortification options.
2. Work on Rooftop Equipment
One of the reasons commercial roofs are flat is so it can accommodate bulky equipment, such as HVAC systems. HVAC technicians are not roofers and may unknowingly cause damage to the roof during repairs.
To avoid voiding the warranty, bring in a roofing inspector to ensure HVAC or other equipment repairs don’t damage the roof.
3. Hiring Non-Certified Roofers
Most warranties require repairs from a certified roofer. Any work from unlicensed and independent contractors may null the warranty. Even with a certified inspector, be sure he reviews the provisions under your warranty. For instance, using unapproved materials can violate warranty requirements.
4. Indirect Damage
Another factor is damage that begins elsewhere and spreads to the roof. An example is condensation buildup in the walls. The moisture spreads to the roof insulation, leading to mold growth. Another instance is chimney damage that enables wildlife to enter and seek refuge under the roof’s surface. Pests like rodents can damage wooden underlayers.
We Prevent Voiding Commercial Roof Warranties
A lot of these factors apply to residential roofs as well. Contact Urbizo Bros Roofing for an inspection done to industry standards. Our additional services ensure any roof work does not void the commercial warranty.
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