A good roof warranty may come to your rescue if your roofing unexpectedly fails. However, that will only be the case if the warranty is still valid. Apart from it expiring, here are other things that may void your warranty.
1. Poor Installation
Roofing manufacturers expect their products to perform well if the products are properly installed. For example, for an asphalt shingle roof, you must use the right underlayment, nail the shingles at the right locations, and ensure that the roof is properly ventilated and insulated. Without proper insulation, the roof may fall apart through no fault of the manufacturer, and they won't be liable for the damages.
2. Lack of Maintenance
A poorly maintained roof fails faster and is more susceptible to damage than a properly maintained roof. For example, if you let your roof stays get covered in debris and don't replace missing shingles or flashing, it can begin to leak prematurely. The manufacturer may fail to honor the warranty in such a case because the damage is due to poor maintenance.
3. Roof Installations
Installing things on the roof is not an automatic cause for voiding the warranty. The nature of the installations and the skills of the installer determine whether the warranty continues to hold. For example, if you let an amateur install solar panels or skylights on your roof, the installer may damage the roof and void the warranty. It's advisable to contact the roofing manufacturer and use a professional installer before you put something up on the roof.
4. Accidental Damage
Roof warranty doesn't cover damage due to accidents. Say a nearby tree falls on the roof, cracks a few shingles, and leads to leaks a few weeks after the accident. In this case, your roof warranty won't cover the leaks since they are due to an accident.
5. Transfer of Ownership
Some warranties are transferable while others are nontransferable. A nontransferable warranty is only valid for the original homeowner to whom the manufacturer sold the roofing materials. Therefore, if you buy a home from a homeowner with a nontransferable warranty, the warranty becomes void the minute you assume ownership of the house. Even some transferable warranties can only be transferred once.
6. Roof Layering
Layering is a practice where you install a new roof over the old one instead of stripping off the old roofing. Some people layer roofs as a way to save time and money. However, layering comes with its dangers, such as the risk of roof collapse and leaks (the latter can be due to moisture trapped between the two layers). These and other potential problems with layering means that some manufacturers won't honor damages claims for layered roofs.
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