Why It Happens

When it comes to our homes, we want everything to last. Unfortunately, the elements and old-fashioned wear-and-tear will ensure that every component will eventually need to be replaced. Roofs have service lives that define how long they will last. You only really start having problems when your roof begins to fail before its expected lifespan is up.

Premature failures usually occur because homeowners ignore the maintenance needs of a roof. For instance, a lot of the time many homeowners are so busy that they no longer take the time to routinely check their roof for problems, which leads to much bigger problems. Here are other common causes of roof failure.

  • Picking the wrong roofing material. While different homes have different needs, the same guidelines can be used when it comes to choosing a roof, like taking into consideration local climate, roof pitch and the homeowner’s budget. A roof is likelier to fail sooner, for example, if it is not particularly suited for the local climate.
  • Working with the wrong people. A reputable contractor will advise a homeowner against choosing a roof that’s not suitable for the home. But aside from not getting expert advice on what kind of roof would be best for them, working with the wrong people may also translate to haphazard installation that doesn’t meet manufacturer standards and undermines eligibility for warranty coverage.

On the other hand, it’s still possible for roofs to fail prematurely even after having them expertly installed if you completely forget about your roof once it’s on. Roofs are built to withstand the harshest weather but they will still need some TLC from time to time. Routine maintenance, after all, can fix small problems before they worsen.

Neglecting a roof can lead to premature failure, but what exactly can you do to avoid that? Find out in Part 2 of this blog series. Read on for more!