Roof Installation Contractors
So, you’ve invested in a new roof and now you get to sit back and enjoy the next 20 years with no roofing worries. Or do you? The best answer is that it depends on what you just purchased.
Most property owners tend to focus on the length of the warranty and don’t fully understand what is and what is not covered, leaving you open to some surprises later. Understanding your typical roof warranty can help you get the most out of your coverage.
It probably isn’t a surprise to learn that roofing warranties are usually more geared toward protecting the manufacturer than the property owner. Roofing manufacturers spend big money to compose lots of fine print that tries to limit their own liability if something goes wrong with their roofing products. That’s why it’s so critical that you understand the following before signing off on your project and warranty purchase:
• What kind of roof warranty am I getting?
• What is the actual term of the warranty?
• What can void my warranty?
• What are my responsibilities for maintaining my warranty?
• What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?
If you haven’t purchased your new roof yet, ask for a sample of the roof warranty template and read through it and ask for clarifications from your roofing contractor.
Roof Installation Companies
If you have purchased already, here are some of the most common questions to look for:
Differences between a contractor roof warranty and a manufacturer roof warranty?
This one is pretty simple. One comes from the roofing company that installed the roof and one comes from the manufacturer of the roofing materials.
Manufacturer warranties differ – some cover only the material while others cover the whole system. Most manufacturer warranties also require the contractor to perform warranted repairs for the first few years after they install the roof.
Contractor roof warranties usually don’t cover materials and only cover the actual workmanship.
Material-Only Warranty vs. Labor-Only Warranty vs. System (Labor and Material) Warranty
Material Only Warranties typically has a lower cost than a full system warranty but will only cover manufacturing defects and premature deterioration for the term of the warranty. Material only warranties cover the roof membrane and not other accessories such as flashings, adhesives, metal edge, etc
It only covers the cost of materials to repair or offers a credit toward buying a new membrane. These warranties don’t cover or include any labor or coverage for installation issues. They also don’t provide coverage for fixing leak repairs.
Labor Only Warranties cover only the labor required to fix a roof defect and doesn’t cover cost of materials. They are usually offered by the roof installation contractor. This type of warranty isn’t a roof workmanship warranty and probably won’t cover repairs for installation errors.
Full System Warranties usually cover not only the material, but also manufacturer approved flashings, accessories and metal work used in the original installation. They typically cover full cost, labor included, for any roof leak repairs within the warranty terms and conditions. Again, this type of warranty might not cover installation errors.
Labor Warranty vs. Roof Workmanship Warranty
These two types of warranties can be confused so let’s talk about the differences.
Labor warranties cover the costs associated with repairing a defective roof within the terms of the roof system coverage. Most full system warranties include labor. However, they don’t cover the cost of repairs associated with installation failures. That’s why the most critical step of your roof system is a good, solid, professional installation.
There isn’t much that can protect you against installation issues besides a roof workmanship warranty from the roof installer. Also remember that a warranty is only as good as the roofing company backing it. Make sure you have a professional, long-standing roofing contractor install your roof.
A roof workmanship warranty covers you against costs related to actual installation problems and errors which a labor-only warranty might not cover. However, some system warranties do cover workmanship. If your warranty doesn’t include workmanship coverage you might be able to get it directly from the installer.
Most roof warranties won’t protect you from a bad installation!
A roof warranty is only as good as the company backing it. Looking for a professional, experienced roofing contractor to install your roof? Contact Mikku and Sons Roofing today, at 623-465-1068.
What does a regular roof warranty cover?
Again, this depends on the actual type of warranty you have. You could be surprised by what you are or are not covered for. That’s why it’s so critical to know what the roof warranty will cover before you invest in a new roof system. Always read the fine print and exceptions.
Roof Replacement Contractors
Below are some things that are normally covered or that might require extra fees. Be aware that certain warranty coverage extras such as puncture coverage or high wind coverage require certain roof materials or installation methods which may impact the cost of the roof installation itself.
Roof Leak Repair
Most full system roof warranties cover labor and material costs for roof leak repairs as long as the cause of the leak fall under certain requirements or guidelines. For example, a typical roof warranty doesn’t cover the cost of leak repair if it was caused by fire, lightning, high winds, hail, earthquakes, negligent acts, misuse, vandalism or loss of integrity of the structure.
Damage caused by high winds can fall outside of the typical roof warranty coverage. Check with your roofing contractor to find out what winds speeds you are covered for. If your property is in a high wind or hurricane area you might want to check into a wind gust upgrade. But know that this upgrade will probably increase the cost of your warranty and may need enhancements to the roof system like increased fastening patterns. Those enhancements will also increase the total cost of your new roof system.
Hail Damage Coverage
Another warranty add-on is coverage for hail damage. If your property is located in a hail-prone area you might want to think about a roof design that allows for this add-on to protect you from the expense of repairing a hail damaged roof. However, this may also require enhancements that will increase the total cost of your new roof.
Roof Puncture Coverage
If your roof system has a lot of foot traffic you may want to consider adding accidental puncture coverage. There will be an extra charge for puncture coverage and you also might need to have a specific roof membrane thickness for your roof to qualify for this upgrade.
What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?
Almost as important as what is covered by your warranty is knowing what isn’t covered.
Here are a few of the most common exclusions you’ll find in typical roof warranty clauses:
Ponding or Standing Water
There are differing opinions on what the definition of ponding water is but what counts is what your roofing manufacturer deems “ponding water.” Most manufacturers define this as water that remains pooled on the roof for a specific amount of time after rain has stopped falling. Warranties that exclude ponding water also exclude any problems caused by it, like roof leaks or damage to the area in question.
Most roof warranties don’t cover any consequential or interior issues caused by roof leaks or defects. This would include carpets, walls, ceilings, equipment and merchandise, etc.
Acts of God
Acts of God are things like high winds (sometimes additional wind coverage can be added), hail (same with hail, additional coverage can be added), tornadoes, floods, fires, etc. These are usually not covered.
If your roofing contractor is planning to install a new roof over an existing roof system the manufacturer could require an infrared scan before and after the roof installation to make sure there isn’t any moisture trapped in the existing system. Existing moisture that affects a new roof system is not typically going to be covered.
Improper Roof Repairs
Contractors that use improper repair materials or bad repair methods could void the manufacturer’s warranty. The manufacturer also will not cover the expenses to have those poor repairs corrected by an authorized applicator. Itt’s also worth mentioning that there could be more costs for you to have the manufacturer come out and inspect the recently repaired area in order to reinstate the warranty.
Unauthorized Alterations or Repairs
If you’re planning to install a new rooftop unit, addition or alteration to a warranted roof system be certain to contact the manufacturer before moving forward. FAs an example, if you have an HVAC company install a new AC unit of some kind on your warranted roof but don’t have a manufacturer authorized roofer install flashing around the unit in you may be risking voidance of your warranty.
Unfortunately, you won’t find a roof warranty that covers the replacement of your roof system. You may even get the material expense covered but not the labor to install your new roof.
Flat Roof Installation Contractor
When people imagine a house, many picture a building with a pitched or A-shaped roof. However, this is far from the only option available for your home or business. One style to consider is a flat roof, a horizontal roof that is usually tilted at a very low angle.
At Mikku and Sons Roofing we're ready to construct and repair a wide variety of roofs. To learn more about the services we offer, call our Phoenix roofing crew at 623-465-1068.
Why Get a Flat Roof?
People choose flat roofs for a variety of reasons. Some simply like the way they give a home a more modern look. Others appreciate advantages such as:
- Low cost – Flat roofs are generally easier to design and construct that angled roofs. Depending on the materials you use, they can cost significantly less money to build.
- Accessibility – It is much easier to access a flat roof for maintenance or repairs. Some people with flat roofs even use them for gardens or other projects.
However, it is important to note that there are also disadvantages to living in a building with a flat roof. For example, these roofs require careful maintenance, or they can be damaged by weather and gradual wear and tear. They can also be prone to water pooling and flooding.
Before choosing a roof design for your home, it is important to be fully informed about your options. Our Austin roofing specialists can help you review your choices when designing a home or constructing a new roof.
Built-up Roof Membrane (BUR):
- Assembled in place using multiple plies of asphalt- impregnated felt bedded in bitumen.
- Asphalt or coal-tar is applied hot in order to merge with the saturant bitumens in the felt and form a single-piece membrane.
- The felt is laminated in overlapping layers to form a membrane that is two to four plies thick.
- The membrane is protected from sunlight and physical wear by applying a layer of aggregate (such as crushed stone or other mineral granules) embedded in the surface ply.
Foam roofing is the most energy-efficient roofing material available – over 500% more efficient than conventional roofs. It’s the first intelligent roofing technology for flat and low-sloped roofs, combining insulation and roofing into one material. That means no roofing seams or multiple layers – eliminating the expanding and contracting and separating that allows water and microbes to seep in and damage your roof.
Each Mikku and Sons foam roof is custom installed. It’s sprayed on as a liquid mixture, and within a few seconds expands up to 30 times its original volume into a watertight, seamless solid that custom forms to the roofing substrate. Just look at the advantages of an Armstrong Foam roof:
- Tough, seamless construction
- Can be sprayed onto almost any surface including irregularly shaped roofs and uneven surfaces
- Tenacious adhesion – demonstrated in the most recent Florida hurricanes
- Moisture resistant – even when the membrane coating is damaged
- Inch-per-inch, the highest energy efficient roofing material available
- Extremely strong – yet ultra lightweight
- Proven longevity classifies it as a sustainable low-slope roofing system
- In most cases requires only periodic recoating for decades of service
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Elastomeric/Plastomeric Roof Membrane:
- Sheet materials applied to the roof in a single layer.
- They require less on-site labor than built-up roofing and are usually more elastic and, therefore, less prone to cracking and tearing.
- They may be affixed to the roof with adhesives, by the weight of a gravel ballast, by fasteners concealed in the seams between sheets, or with mechanical fasteners that do not penetrate the membrane.
- Some types of elastomeric/plastomeric roof membranes include the following:
- A high-performance synthetic rubber compound applied in sheets ranging from 0.030 to 0.120 inches thick and joined at the seams with an adhesive.
- Vulnerable to attack by ultraviolet light; therefore, it is usually coated with a protective layer of chlorosulfonated polyethylene.
- Vulnerable to aromatic solvents and strong oxidizing chemical.
- It may be fully adhered to the roof deck or partially adhered, with aggregate ballast to prevent wind uplift.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer):
- The most widely used material for single-ply roof membranes.
- A synthetic rubber manufactured in sheets ranging from 0.030 to 0.060 inches thick and joined at the seams with an adhesive.
- Vulnerable to petroleum products and plastic roofing cement.
- It may be fully or partially adhered, or used in a protected membrane roof.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride):
- A thermoplastic compound commonly known as vinyl.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- PVC sheets for roofing range from 0.032 to 0.060 inches thick and are joined at the seams either by solvent welding or hot air welding.
- Vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation, petroleum products, and coal tar.
- It may be fully or partially adhered, or used as a protected membrane.
Chlorinated polyethylene and chlorosulfonated polyethylene sheets:
- Vulnerable to petroleum products.
- Not compatible with PVC.
- Highly resistant to ultraviolet deterioration and can be manufactured in light, heat-reflective colors.
- Used on roofs where aggregate ballasting is unacceptable for reasons of appearance or excessive slope.
- Vulnerable to petroleum products, hydro-carbons, and some chemicals.
- Formed into composite sheets with various other materials.
- Some are intended to be laid loose, others to be adhered to the roof deck or insulation.
Fluid-applied Roof Membrane
- Used primarily for domes, vaults and other complex shapes that are difficult to roof by conventional means.
- Applied usually in several coats using a roller or spray gun. When it cures, it forms a rubbery membrane.
Foam Roof Replacement Contractors
Factors Contributing to Flat Roof Deterioration
- Hot sunshine on a roof causes the volatile ingredients of tar or asphalt to evaporate.
- The asphalt oxidizes and becomes brittle.
- The roof mat eventually loses its elasticity, the surface coating becomes checked and flakes off, exposing the felt below.
- Water can seep into a dry roof through cracks and cause a leak.
- This moisture can turn to ice in freezing temperatures and can cause the roof to tear or heave.
- A strong wind can drive rain into defective joints in the mat or parapet, can cause the roof to tear at loose seams and can cause the roof structure to sway.
- Expansion and contraction place strains both on the roof structure (deck and walls) and strain the flashings. These strains can cause the roof mat to tear and mortar in coping joints to crack, providing sources for water entry.
- As walls settle, extra strains may be exerted on flashings, or the roof may settle below the level of the drain pipe. This will either cause a backup of flood water, or a leak through the crack around the drain.
- Roof mats are not designed for extra accessories such as signs and electric wires, nor are they intended for regular foot traffic. Anchorage planks are spiked or lagged to the deck, piercing both the mat and the deck, causing serious damage.
- Pollutants, acids and saturated animal fats can potentially damage membrane roofing. Protection from these is provided through coatings and/or ballast covering.
If you need the advice of a professional flat roof repair contractor, give Mikku and Sons Roofing a call at 623-465-1068.