Have you read your roof warranty?  I mean, REALLY read your warranty document?  Odds are somewhere in that piece of paper there is some iteration of the following:

“[XYZ Manufacturing] shall not be responsible for repairs made by others who are not authorized to make such repairs. Failure to perform documented annual roof maintenance may also be grounds for voiding warranty. Unauthorized repairs may also void the warranty; the decision to void warranty under any of these circumstances is made solely at the discretion of [XYZ Manufacturing].” 

As a roofing contractor, we understand the importance of a warranty for our clients and protecting the roof. That is why we feel it is important that you understand what exactly you are covered for and what you need to do to maintain that warranty term.  The sad reality is that a 20-year warranty isn’t going to benefit you, or your roof, if you allow the term to be voided after the first couple of years because of neglect.  

As the above statement reads, it is the sole discretion of the manufacturer on what is deemed a void of warranty; with that discretion out of your hands wouldn’t it be wise to protect your investment and schedule annual or bi-annual maintenance?

We think so too.

The Easiest Way to Protect Your Roof

Vegetation, rust, dirt, poor drainage, neglect from HVAC contractors (the list could go on) are all major issues that can cause damage to your roof, and all of them often go unnoticed. If left untreated, all of the aforementioned issues can be a major expense, and some studies suggest that more than 80% of roofs fail to reach their expected lives because of this. Preventive maintenance ensures that your roof functions as it is intended while not compromising your warranties, thus preserving your (often) large investment.  

In addition to the obvious benefits of being proactive, a roof maintenance program such as Burks Roof Life takes the responsibility of monitoring the roof from the facility manager to contractors who are trained to identify and resolve these issues. This provides a level of security to the state of your roof so you won’t have any unsuspecting issues.  

When formulating a preventative roof maintenance program, most manufacturers suggest some level of the following be completed:

  • Walk the entire roof to find storm damage and remove all debris.  
  • Inspection and cleaning of roof drains, scuppers and gutters to ensure proper drainage is maintained.
  • Inspection of all expansion joints, parapet walls, counter flashing and seams and repair any cracks or breaches.  
  • Check all HVAC stands and structures for cracks in flashings or between any crickets.  
  • Inspection of all pipe penetrations. 
  • Inspection of all coping and metal edge areas. 
  • Inspection of the field and perimeter of any fiberglass skylights. 
  • Annual cleaning of roof by light pressure washing to maximize cleanliness and reflectivity.  (Use caution not to damage the system.)

Once inspections are completed, we include a report that should be kept for your records. Never forget that presumption is the opposite of prevention. Just because your roof is out of sight, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind.  

Protect Your Investment With CL Burks

Get the most out of your roof with professional maintenance from CL Burks. Learn about our maintenance program, Roof Life, by contacting us today.