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I have been on a few inspections this past week, one, specifically for a roofing inspection. My clients were having a new roof installed and wanted to make sure the installation was being done correctly.
Upon my arrival, there were several items that were issues and the roof was already halfway installed. This raised an immediate red flag for me. I informed the owner of the roofing company about my findings, of the the defects I noticed before I even got on the roof. That owner argued with me, then got mad and left the job site stating he was not going to argue with me about it. I, then, informed my client of the items that needed corrected and showed him the manufactures installation instructions.
I left the inspection site and was gone approximately 10 minutes. The client called me and stated the roofing contractor was now going to make the corrections. He then was going to make the job complete as per manufactures requirements.
There are a lot of homeowners that are not aware of rules, regulations, codes, and understandably so! The manufactures installation requirements will always trump all codes. If your specific project materials are not installed as per the manufacturer's recommendation then the manufacture has the right to void all warranties regarding their product.
Getting the work done on your house inspected will provide you with the assurance that the work performed was done professionally, following codes, and provides you and your family with a safe enviornment.
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Warranty on Roof Shingles
Most homeowner's are not aware of certain requirements and stipulations when having a roof installed on your home.
Most roofing companies do not install shingles properly as required by the manufacture's application requirements. Most roofing companies install shingles the fastest way possible which is considered and what is called "racked shingles". Rack shingles are shingles that are installed improperly and not to manufacture specifications and requirements of application.
- On 3 tab shingles the correct application procedure is to begin with a shingle turned upside down with 6 inches cut off the shingle edge are starting shingle, then the shingles are applied to the roof beginning with a full-size shingle as your 1st visible course of shingles.
- The 2nd course the shingles is a shingle with 6 inches cut off to offset the bond lines 6 inches.
- The 3rd course of shingles is a shingle with 12 inches cut off to offset the bond lines 6 inches.
- The 4th course of shingles is a shingle cut 18 inches off to offset the bond lines 6 inches.
- The 5th course is a shingle cut 24 inches to offset the bond lines 6 inches.
- The 6 course is a shingle cut 30 inches to offset the bond lines 6 inches.
- The 7th course is a full-size shingle and repeated as stated prior to the remaining courses.
Most roofing companies install a full-size shingle then cut 6 inches off for the 2nd course, the 3rd course is then started with a full-size shingle.
Most homeowner's if not every homeowner is not aware of this, the manufacture will void all warranties on the shingle if the shingles are not installed per manufactures application recommendations. So if you're roofer is installing the shingles in this manner when they leave the job and you think you have a nice looking roof and warranty. You're wrong. This application does not affect the performance of the roof, it effects the warranty from the manufacture. If there is ever a manufactured default on the shingle such as blistering of the shingles this will void the warranty due to improper installation per manufactures application recommendation.
It is recommended when having a roof installed to have it inspected during installation to ensure proper installation from manufacturing from a qualified CERTIFIED ASHI HOME INSPECTOR who is knowledgeable on manufactures installation application on roofing.