Prevent a Voided Commercial Roof Warranty with These 5 Tips

A professionally installed, commercial roofing system always comes with a manufacturer warranty. But, because the terms can vary from system to system, you must familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of your roof’s warranty to help you avoid actions that could void your warranty and end up costing you thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.

Follow these five tips and have peace of mind that your commercial roof is covered:

1. Keep records of all maintenance activities, inspections, and repairs.

This documentation can be valuable for warranty claims or annual budget planning.

2. Ensure proper ventilation.

Inadequate or improper roof ventilation can cause excessive heat and/or condensation, which can lead to a variety of issues including the deterioration of the roofing system, and potentially threaten the structural integrity of the roof.

3. Adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines

Making unauthorized modifications to the commercial roofing system, such as adding equipment or penetrations, can compromise the integrity of the roof and lead to a voided warranty. Additionally, using materials or products that are not approved by the roofing manufacturer can lead to a voided warranty. Always use a qualified company who is familiar with your roofing system.

4. Conduct regular, professional roof evaluations.

Commercial roof warranties typically require regular commercial roof inspections, service, and maintenance to be performed by licensed roofing contractors at specified intervals. Routine maintenance and inspections prevent large issues from occurring, saving a lot of money.

5. Avoid unprotected foot traffic.

While some roofing systems are designed to support regular walking, it’s likely that your commercial roof is not intended for this purpose. Walking on a flat roof can lead to premature breakdown of the roofing membrane, reducing its lifespan and leaving it vulnerable to more severe damage and expensive repairs. To ensure protection, it is advisable to use walking pads in areas requiring routine maintenance. These pads are available in white, black, or grey to match your roof color.

ASI is the industry expert on commercial roofing, and we can guide you on how to maintain your warranty with a professional and proactive roof maintenance plan. Provide yourself peace of mind and contact ASI today or call 614-873-2057 to schedule your commercial roof inspection and/or maintenance program.