A new roof is capable of failing and costing you thousands of dollars to fix. This is not an attempt to make you live in fear that the roof might collapse and crush everything you hold dear. The good news is that you can do something about this whole situation. First, you have to learn the reasons or factors that might cause the new roof to fail. This will be one of the most important lessons you learn to help you protect the biggest investment in your life. A good, well-maintained roof should last more than 50 years before it needs repairing or replacing.
So, what four reasons might cause your new roof to fail?
Blisters are one of the most notorious causes of failing roofs. Blisters look like bubbles on the roof. The term refers to the areas on the roof that look long and thin. The blisters are not different from the blisters that you see on human skin. A roof that is exposed to water vapor (or other forms of gas) eventually develops blisters. This happens when the gas is entrapped inside the roofing system. The entrapped gas then expands on exposure to sunlight. This helps it to push the roofing tiles apart, thus resulting in the phenomenon known as blistering.
One of the most important questions you should ask yourself is whether or not to repair a roof that has begun developing blisters. Whether the blisters are opened or closed is not the issue. The main issue is what you should do about them. This question does not have a straightforward answer. What is required here is to think long and hard before determining the course of action to take. The common practice within the roofing industry is to repair all open blisters. The decision on what to do with unopened blisters is left to the judgment of the roofing contractor.
Punctures and Damages
A new roof is also capable of falling partly because of punctures and damages. The greatest news you can hear today is the punctures and the damages are preventable causes of roof failure. The most common cause of punctures is carelessness. Any person who climbs on the roof for whatever reason should exercise maximum caution. Maintenance workers, contractors, and family members or workers at the office must be cautious. Lifting shingles cracked shingles and different types of debris that gather on the roof also cause punctures.
A punctured or damaged roof needs fixing immediately. Proper repair (and replacements where necessary) must be carried out. Failure to fix these problems, or waiting a long time before taking the right action, often leads to roof failure. The fact that you recently installed repaired, inspected or replaced the roof does not matter in such cases. Take immediate action to remedy the situation before things get worse, and you have to bear the full cost of replacing the entire roofing system.
It is sad to see a new roof failing due to neglect. A newly installed roof does not require a lot of attention – as most homeowners and tenants imagine. This is a wrong attitude. All roofs – whether new or old – need plenty of love, care, maintenance and attention. In fact, you should begin inspecting the new roof as soon as you install it. Almost 50% of the attention you give your car should go to the newly installed roof too. It is sad that you can neglect the roof and continue to expect it to remain strong forever.
Poor Workmanship and Design
The fourth factor responsible for failing roofs is poor workmanship and design. A well-designed roof needs a good contractor to install. A combination of poor workmanship and equally poor design is a recipe for disaster. Do not expect the roof to continue covering your entire home if it was installed by an inexperienced and unqualified person. Most of the roofing problems you see around are the result of poor workmanship. In fact, some of the most notorious consequences of poor workmanship and terrible design include the following:
- Lift offs
- Decreased wind resistance