The Top Cause of Roof Failure: An Expert's Guide

As an expert in the roofing industry, I have witnessed numerous cases of premature roof failure. And the leading cause? Improper roof installation. While there are various factors that can contribute to a roof's deterioration, it is often a combination of these issues that leads to serious problems. For instance, let's say a new addition is being constructed next to an existing warehouse building.

The extension is located downwind of the original building and has a higher roof, causing snow accumulations to form on the roof of the old building. The weight of the accumulated snow causes the beams of the bars that support the old roof to deflect, resulting in ice formation in the roof drains. When the snow melts, the roof of the original building also melts, but the resulting water cannot drain due to the deflection of the beams and obstruction of the roof drains. This can cause significant damage and even lead to a complete roof failure.

Some may believe that using a different type of material to repair the roof can save money and be a practical decision. However, this can actually do more harm than good. Not only do mismatched materials look unappealing, but they can also cause the roof to deteriorate even faster. In fact, using materials that do not match could even void the manufacturer's warranty.

So before making any repairs yourself, think twice about using a different product. The surface coating on a roof serves an essential purpose - protecting it from UV radiation and potential damage caused by foot traffic. This is especially crucial for those living in areas with extreme weather conditions. In such cases, it is recommended to carry out annual or even more frequent inspections of roofs to ensure their longevity.

Unfortunately, hiring a subpar roofing contractor can also lead to roof failure. While roofing materials can be expensive, they are still cheaper than having to replace the entire roof sooner than expected. A weak foundation or faulty exterior coating may be inconvenient and costly to repair, but a collapsing roof can have devastating and long-term consequences. Another common cause of roof failure is changes in fusion and runoff due to the addition of insulation.

Many homeowners choose to add insulation to their roofs to make their buildings more energy-efficient. However, if not done correctly, this can lead to water reaching the roof structure through broken tiles or membranes, as well as internal condensation. Lastly, damage during transport or installation can also weaken roof trusses and cause problems down the line. Whether it's damage to the wood itself or the metal plates used to join the elements together, this issue may go unnoticed until an excessive load is placed on the roof.

If a structural analysis reveals that the integrity of the roof has been compromised, there are several methods that can be used to secure it and ensure it meets current building codes and is safe for occupants. Regular maintenance is key in preventing such issues, so make sure to remove debris, keep gutters clean, and conduct regular inspections. It's important to note that water is heavy - at 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, standing water can quickly build up and put immense strain on roofs and support structures. This is why proper installation and maintenance are crucial in preventing premature roof failure.

Flora Mikolajczak
Flora Mikolajczak

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