b'resident\' sArticle Examining30-Year the Warranty Greetingsandsalutations.and H will provide due tospecification c for mechaniickmanalled FromwhatI\'veheard,almostcompetitive situations.My firstcally fastening one layer of 1/2 everyone around the Midwest hadexposure to this type of warrantyinchfiberbo (the average size ard busyprojectme inches aand reasonably profitablewas on aintro Kansasof fastener used was 7in 1996. Hopefully this was true inCity. The job was a reroof/retrofitle ),solidly m ing ngth thenopp two your company\'s case as well.project and was funded byplies of T IV fiberglass felts publicype As discussed last month in thismoney. This was am and one ply of granu surfaced perfor ancele column, we\'re going to be takingspecification written around Gar SBS/SEBS modifiedcap sheet. an in-depth look at three compa land criteria.etctThe sp nlled for a Th projec archite ecificatio ca minnies:Garland,Hickmanandtold me he relied heavily onimum30yearmanufacturer\'s the T- whose products are inroofing expertise oflocal Gar guarantee. remcothe theupper echelon of price andland representative for the speci Interestingly, a totaltear-off whohavesucceededinmanyfications for this project.with new insulation (rendering a casesinwritingandholdingAtthetimeofbidding,thegreaterR valuethanwhatthe closed specs.building had two roof andspecified system would provide) insulaOne of the techniques the com tion systems (adeck)and amodified b u sysovermetalSBSit men panies use is having an extraor on it. The specs called to removetem with a 20-year N.D.L. wardinarily long warranty specifiedthe existing top roof membraneranty would havea renderedcost on their behalf. The norm in theonly. In addition, an infra-red scansavings toowner. However, the roofing industry is for a15, orhad been run, which reportedlythe owner,to the archi10,according 20-year warranty. By selling theidentifiedareas(minimal)thattect, wassold onthe30-year concept of awarranty towere wet and needed totorn guarantee. 30-yearbe an owner or architect, this sub off. Some of these areas that wereNow, back torutinizing the scstantially eliminates the competi required to be torn-off werefineint of this 30-year warranty. prtion.interesting question thatactually wet. This tear-off ofOThe30-year warranty in realThe now must be answered is howwet insulation was only fority consists of awarran , 5-yeartybeneficial to the owner is thethatunderthe topwhich is renewable five times at 30-yearwarrantycompared~roof. The bottom5-year intervals. withtheindustryra.roofmem- @ get aalthisrTorenew ofgua~erest standard warranty?~braneandantee "The own must requ a Thismonth,I - ~linsulationfive-year renewal of this guarantee we\'ll be scrutiniz- .II!!wasleftat any tibetweensixth metheand ing"30-year.:;,,,,,intact.ten months offifth yearthe the~Iandtheof ~ , - gu duration." warranty",-und1s arantee\'s Garlandj~.If this does not occur, then the turbedoffers/JJAftermanufacturer hasthe option to rem lmake the en re warranty n l ova ti ul and ofthevoid. top roof@ nreceiptofsuch "UpoI request, [the ma it a of thewill mem nuf cturer] braneprovideinspectionroof an ystempersonneon lys by one ofsl to dete ineh a repairs are rm whet erny therequired to make this system e ligible for the additional five-year extension of thissub-guarantee, Continued on page 11 b yL . B .M orris ,M RCAP residentIOIa'