What You Should Know About Commercial Roof Warranties
Rain has positive associations in cultures around the world. Water is essential for life, which may be why rain is seen as both lucky and a blessing. While stormy weather can certainly be a good thing, it can also have consequences.
The elements can cause damage to the exteriors of buildings, especially roofs. If a roof develops a leak, it can have devastating consequences, even if it’s only sprinkling outside.
A leak can destroy valuable inventory and grind your business to a halt. The best way to tackle this problem and avoid future damage is to have your commercial roof repaired or replaced. The cost of repairs will be more manageable if your roof is under warranty.
If you have questions about warranties for commercial roofs, or if you’re trying to find a suitable warranty for your roof, now is the right time to learn more. Plan for the future and learn more about warranties when you’re replacing your commercial roof.
What Is a Commercial Roof Warranty?
When roofing materials are produced by a manufacturer, that manufacturer becomes a part of a legal relationship with the owner of the property and the contractor using those materials when installing a roof. This is known as a commercial roof warranty, and it essentially serves that the roof will live up to standards set by the manufacturer.
For a specified period of time, the manufacturer will offer to replace, repair, or refund costs if the roof does not meet these expectations. It can provide security to the owner of the property.
The length of a warranty, the coverage it offers, and other factors can shift from one manufacturer to the next. With that said, your warranty should not be impacted by your building’s size or the number of people that work within it. Warranties are based around the roofing system only.
The Types of Commercial Roofing
While repairs are necessary for all types of commercial roofing, this article discusses repairs for buildings with flat roofs. Regardless of the type of roof on your building, your new roof should include coverage like a manufacturer or workmanship warranty.
NDL (No Dollar Limit) warranties provide full coverage for any faulty roofing materials. Even if the cost of repairing a roof is more than what it cost to have the roof installed, repairs will be entirely covered by the manufacturer.
These warranties promise that a roof’s materials will not fail before a specific time limit. The duration of the warranty can vary, but periods of anywhere from 10 to 30 years are standard.
Only materials produced by the manufacturer will be covered under warranty. If other materials used by the contractor fail, you will not have coverage.
Labor and Material Warranties
These warranties provide coverage for damages up to a certain dollar amount. With these warranties, the size of a roof will be significant. The larger a roof is, the more costly repairs are likely to be.
These warranties tend to be prorated by manufacturers. This means that the amount of coverage you have will reduce as time goes on.
Roof System Warranties
These warranties cover the membrane of the roofing system. They are commonly described as “membrane only” warranties.
Other parts of the roof system, such as insulation or decking, will not be covered under this type of warranty. The amount of coverage available can vary. No-limit warranties are an option.
Roofing Contractor Warranty
These warranties provide coverage for products used by the contractor as well as the work that the contractor does for you. This is a type of labor warranty that is time-limited.
The total length of a warranty can vary, and it is something that you may be able to negotiate with a contractor. It’s common for these warranties to cover a short period of time, such as 1 to 5 years.
How a Warranty Can Be Voided
After installing a new commercial roof, you’ll want to ensure that your roof receives the maintenance it needs. You’ll also want to make sure that all maintenance is handled by a qualified and insured professional. Not only can this help you to keep your roof in good condition, but it can also keep you from voiding your warranty.
It’s important to take steps to protect your warranty. Don’t make mistakes that could keep you from receiving coverage in the future. These are some of the most common mistakes people make:
Making Unapproved Changes to the Roof
While there’s nothing wrong with making improvements to your roof in the future, you’ll need to secure approval from an authorized roofing contractor before making changes. Even minor improvements, such as installing a new AC unit, could have an impact on your roof’s integrity.
When you make modifications to your roof, you could damage your roof in the process. The same holds true for repairs. Any work done on your roof needs to be done by a qualified professional. Doing things yourself or hiring an amateur could cost you much more than you save.
Furthermore, certain types of changes could cause your warranty to be voided. That’s why it’s important to read through your warranty and look over its terms. See what kinds of changes you’re permitted to make.
Waiting Too Long to Address Damage
Roofs should be inspected on a regular basis, particularly after significant weather events. When you do spot damage, it should be documented and reported to both your roofing contractor and your insurance provider immediately.
If you ignore the damage for a long period of time, your warranty could be voided. This could even void your insurance coverage. It’s wise to photograph your roof in advance. That way, if damage does occur, you’ll be able to provide documentation of your roof before and after the damage.
Depend on Roof Repair Professionals
If your commercial roof needs to be repaired, or if you’re ready to install a new roof, you should always work with an experienced professional. Look closely at your options and ensure that the contractor you work with is bonded and insured. You’ll also want to take a look at the warranty for your new roof. Make sure you have the protection and coverage that you need.