A roofing warranty can end up getting voided if your roof isn’t maintained properly. Remember: warranties only cover manufacturer defects and labor errors, not any negligence on the homeowner’s part.
Here’s a quick overview of the things that can void a roofing warranty:
The Use of Pressure Washers
One common DIY roofing maintenance mistake is the use of pressure washers. Yes, pressure washers can help you clean your roof faster. But when set to high-pressure settings, they can dislodge some of the granules protecting asphalt shingles from ultraviolet (UV) rays, leaving them more vulnerable to leaks and voiding your warranty.
Improper or Irregular Maintenance
If you decide to do roof maintenance work yourself, it’s important that you read the shingle manufacturer’s manual. Remember: improper maintenance is just as bad as neglecting to routinely maintain your roof. If you’re not sure about the cleaning instructions in the manual, it’s best to let a professional roofer handle all of the roofing maintenance work.
Through routine inspections, professional contractors can detect and fix leaks before they damage your roof. However, there are other ways moisture can infiltrate your roof. For instance, if there aren’t enough vents in your roof or attic, humid air, along with heat, becomes trapped. The trapped heat in your roof or attic can prematurely age your shingles. Not to mention trapped moisture creates a damp environment that’s the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Manufacturers are strict with how their roofing shingles should be installed. To ensure your roof replacement is installed properly, it’s important that you vet a contractor before hiring one. To narrow your search, you could try focusing on factory-certified contractors who are specifically trained to install a certain brand or type of roofing material.
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WABO Roofing, a GAF Master Elite® contractor, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roof repair and replacement services. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (832) 304-2800, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Houston and Cypress as well as the surrounding communities. Talk to us today!