The Reasons a Roof Can Fail
There could be many different causes for a damaged roof, from substandard installation to harsh weather conditions. Leaks in the roof, as well as moisture, often happen due to a failure of the underlay. Even if your roof is doing its job of keeping the rain away, strong winds can drive the raindrops in between the shingles if there are any gaps.
Winds can also make tiles and slates slip, thus creating a pocket for the water to get in. Remember, even a small amount of water can cause further damage, such as rotting. The water that stays on your roof for over two days is called “ponding water”; this could be your worst enemy. Even small mistakes in the roof design and installation can let the water rest on the roof for too long, which then leads to some major issues, including damages of the deck structure and roof surface.
It’s not rare that faulty workmanship of the ponding area allows accumulation of dirt and causes the growth of algae and vegetation. But, sometimes, weather conditions are not to be blamed for roof problems. It happens that everything is alright with the roof, per se, but you’re still getting a leakage through your ceiling. The moisture, in this case, is caused by condensation. This happens when the roof space is not properly ventilated. Same as most of the roof damages, this too almost exclusively happens because of poor workmanship and/or lack of maintenance.
Improper roof repairs are also what you need to watch out for, as inadequate materials and unskilled handwork can cause even greater trouble. At first look, a tree growing close to your house seems nothing serious, but over the years, it can cause serious problems if left unchecked. Not only that tree branches can fall on your roof causing all sorts of troubles, from jamming the gutter to breaking tiles, untrimmed tree limbs can grow into your roof. Removing a tree out of the roof can cost you even more than replacing the whole roof, so it’s better to tackle this problem on time. Roof shrinkage is an issue that can lead to various problems. The membrane covering the tiles and shingles is made of a material called EPDM, which is resistant to high temperature and tears, but not to shrinking. Over the time, the shrinkage can cause cracking of the roof. Once again, a proper maintenance is the best cure.
At Stapleton Roofing, we can help you determine what type of damage your roof currently has. We’ll give you an honest opinion on what course of action should be taken next, whether it’s minor damage or so severe that a new roof should be installed. Our company prides itself on service and we stand behind our work. Call us today 602-737-2360 or visit us online.