Roof Cleaning Hamilton Ohio
Many home owners are unaware of the cause of the stains on their roof shingles. It is caused by a algae that feeds on the limestone filler that shingle manufactures put in the shingle as a filler to add weight to the shingle when they switched to a fiberglass base. The shingles were too light which increased the claims filed as a result of wind damage. As if that wasn’t bad enough, many roofers have taken advantage of this lack of understanding to sell more premature roof replacements.
I recently quoted a roof cleaning job on a home with a 13 year old roof. Ultimately, the homeowner was convinced that she needed a replacement and made her decision to spend $8000 versus $400 simply because the roofer insisted that I was unqualified to “inspect” a roof. While I am not a “certified” roof inspector, it’s not rocket science, however, I’ll concede the point and simply ask this question…if the shingles came with a 25-30 year warranty, why is the homeowner not getting a free replacement? If the roof is unserviceable after just 13 years, why would someone take the word of the company that installed a product that lasts less than half of the period of guarantee?
This was taken directly from the National Roofing Contractors Association FAQ’s
Q. My contractor is offering a one-year warranty on my asphalt shingle roof system-is that the industry standard?
A. Before answering the question, a clarification needs to be made about the different warranties you will come across during your roofing project. First, there will be the asphalt shingle manufacturer’s warranty. In general, this warranty covers defects in the manufacture of the shingle. The period of coverage can range from 20 years to a lifetime. Please read NRCA’s consumer advisory bulletin addressing roofing warranties for more information. Once the project is complete, be sure the contractor provides you with a certificate for your records. – See more at: http://www.nrca.net/roofing/Homeowners-FAQs-875
Second, the roofing contractor will provide you with a warranty on his workmanship. Typically, this will cover installation and related issues. The warranty should contain what items are covered and what will void them. Many contractors offer one year or two years of coverage; however, there is no industry standard.
Since it is impossible for workmanship to cause a shingle to develop an algae related stain, it has to be related to the manufacture. If it need’s replaced after less than half of the 25 year warranty, it must be defective.
If you bought a new transmission for your car and it had a 3 year warranty, worked fine but was dirty…would you replace it after 1 1/2 years? If the mechanic stated that it needed replaced, wouldn’t you expect them to honor the warranty?
We have been cleaning roof stains in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton area since 2007. For a free no hassle non-pressure roof cleaning that will remove ugly roof stains, call us at 513-341-8444.