Your roof protects your home, which is the one place in the world that means the most to you. Of course, you intend to do right by it. But homeowners sometimes unknowingly make mistakes that can void their roof warranty. Here are some common ways that even the most well-intentioned homeowners can run into trouble.
1. Pressure washing. If you have moss or algae collecting on your roof, you might think of using a pressure washer to hose it off. Moss and algae can damage the roof because they tend to hold on to roof-damaging moisture, and so it’s important to eradicate it. However, many roofing materials aren’t made to hold up to pressure washing. Asphalt shingles, in particular, can start to erode under high-pressure washes. Residential roofing companies recommend installing zinc strips on the roof as a gentle yet effective way to fight moss.
2. Solar panel installation. Solar panels can help you save on your energy bills, increase the value of your home and protect the environment, but they can also create problems with your roof warranty. It’s possible to install solar panels on a roof without voiding the warranty, but it needs to be done with care. It’s best to have your roof contractor work together with the solar panel installer. The roofing specialist can take steps to protect the integrity of your roofing materials. They can remove shingles before the solar panels are installed and attend to reroofing around the new solar panel once the work is completed.
3. Walking on the roof. Homeowners typically walk on the roof with the best of intentions, such as to clear out gutters or check for signs of trouble. However, stepping on the roof can damage shingles and make your roof warranty null and void. It’s better to clean the gutters using a ladder; use one that has a stabilizer bar with rubber caps that protect your work surface. Inspect the roof from the ground with a pair of binoculars.
4. Lack of maintenance. Most residential roofing has a warranty of 20 years to a lifetime. However, any materials and workmanship warranty is contingent on the homeowner taking proper care of their roof. It’s a truism in the roofing industry that most people don’t think about their roof until there’s a leak. With a little routine care, it’s possible to help your roofing materials keep performing as they should.
Mid Florida Roofing is an Orlando roofing company that’s been helping homeowners protect their roofing investments since 1999. If you have concerns about your roof, contact us at 407-830-8554 for a free 10-point roofing inspection today.