The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends maintenance and repair be performed at least twice a year on your roof. More importantly, before and after severe weather seasons such as a winter in the Northern United States and hurricanes in the South and East Coast. These inspections are to clean the roof system of natural debris, clear all gutters and waterways, and assess vulnerable points in the roof system to ensure that no degradation can leak in the future.
I addition to scheduled maintenance twice a year, it’s important to have a contractor inspect and perform needed repairs after severe weather such as high winds, hail, and severe storms. These inspections are to clear the roof and any debris such as metal from HVAC units or other penetrations and ensure that there is no damage to your roof system, flashings, copings, gutters, etc.
A maintenance contract is an easy way for property owners to ensure their roof remains under warranty and in good condition.
Types of Roof Warranties And Why They Are Important
When you completed your last roof project, you should have received some kind of warranty. Like all warranties, your roof warranty also has limits and if you don’t take care of your roof your warranty may not be valid. A new roof is a significant investment and depending on your roof type is supposed to last from 20 years (asphalt shingle) upwards to 50 years (slate). If something goes wrong with your roof system, a warranty makes sure that your problem is corrected without costing you more money.
Most people don’t think about the warranty they purchase but they receive one at the end of their roof project. Roof warranties are essential to protect yourself and your building from faulty products and installation costing you more in the end.
When you get a new roofing system installed on your property, you will have a few warranties include:
- Contractor Roof Warranty – a contractor roof warranty is issued by your contractor or company that installed your new roof. These warranties will cover the workmanship of your roof repair or replacement.
- Manufacturer Product Warranty – a manufacturer roof warranty is issued by the company that manufactures the materials used by your contractor. These warranties cover any failures or defects in the materials used and is only issued after the contractor installs the materials correctly.
- Manufacturer’s Full System Warranty – a full system warranty that is provided by the material manufacturer covers not only the material used, but it will also cover the flashings and other accessories used for the roof system. These warranties, when used, will cover any material and labor needed for repairs that are within the warranty guidelines.
Why Do I Need A Maintenance Plan If I Have A Warranty?
Now that you know the basics of roof warranties and maintenance plans, why do you need both?
The short answer is: Warranties don’t make your roof last longer!
As the property owner, it’s your responsibility to maintain your roof system. If you fail to have your roof regularly inspected, cleaned and having minor repairs performed, you may void your warranty when a leak comes through into your home.
An average roof warranty requires at least one roof inspection to be performed per year by an authorized contractor. This requirement is beneficial for the property owner and the company that issues the warranty. During the yearly inspection, the inspector will check for not only current problems but areas that could turn into problems in the future. This allows repairs to be made before they grow larger and become more costly.
A good maintenance plan will go a step further; they will clean your gutters, mend your flashings and perform minor repairs for the cost of the program. Having a service team visit your roof regularly not only gives you peace of mind, but it expands your roof’s lifespan and keeps you within your warranty guidelines.
Affluent Exteriors Premier Roof Maintenance Program
We’ve designed our program to provide you with total assurance in your roof’s ability to properly function to protect your property. We cover all necessary repairs on your roof and perform preventative maintenance work twice a year – once in the spring and another in the fall. We provide the following:
- Client portal that is accessible from any web-browser that includes all inspection photos, documents, reports, contracts, service requests, project schedule, and more.
- A complete inspection of the roof, gutters, siding, fascia boards, and paint above the roofline
- Clean and remove any roof debris
- Inspect and clean valleys of debris
- Inspect all flashings at all penetrations and curbs, including pipes, skylights, walls, etc.
- Inspect and clean all gutters and downspouts, and re-attach downspouts were necessary
- Re-secure loose metal items and reseal cracked or missing caulk joints
- Advise you of any repairs or cleaning options exceeding the scope of our Premier Roof Maintenance Service
Pictures & Inspection Reports
Our Premier Roof Maintenance service includes the latest pictures of your roof, gutters, siding and a detailed inspection report that you can send to your insurance provider. Providing documentation on an annual basis provides proof to your insurance carrier that you are maintaining your roof and lessens the effort required to prove that a recent storm that has impacted your property. This process has proven to be successful and your damages can’t be considered a “pre-existing condition” when you have proof of what the property looked like prior to the storm damages.
Additional Cleaning Options
How often should you have your roof cleaned? That depends on your roof and its surroundings. There are many factors contributing to why certain roofs are more susceptible to mold, algae, and mildew than others. The location of your roof is the key ingredient. Is it frequently shaded? Does it get sunlight? Is your roof surrounded by trees? What about your proximity to bodies of water? These are the elements that play a factor in how often we may need to clean your roof.
In both Texas and Florida, the weather elements can be harsh. With high temperatures, abundant sunshine, excessive rain (at times) and extreme humidity, these areas are conducive to the growth of mildew and algae. A common misconception is that algae and mildew grow directly on the roof tiles. However, mildew and algae do NOT grow directly on roof tiles, but rather on the dust particles and other materials that accumulate on the tiles over time.
If you have spotted mildew and/or algae on your roof tiles, have no fear. Affluent Exteriors can help with a little spring cleaning through pressure washing. Getting on your roof can be a dangerous task and we certainly don’t want you to get hurt. Not to mention, improperly walking on your roof increases the chance of cracking a tile which could possibly void your warranty. When pressure washing, we ensure that the correct machine settings, cleaning mixtures, and techniques that are appropriate for your designer roof are used. In order to maintain the vibrancy in the color of your roof after pressure washing, we prime the roof with a clear water-based sealer followed by an application of 100% clear acrylic sealer.
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