PBA Tip of the Day brought to you by Mark Hughes with Rain Man Roofing and Waterproofing Services 623-670-2835.
If you are wondering what causes roof systems to wear out prematurely, consider the following causes:
Exposure – Either long-term exposure to the elements (sun, water, freeze / thaw) or short term exposure to damaging air pollutants and chemicals will quickly age a roof system.
Structure Movement – Such as settlement or expansion/contraction not accommodated by the roofing system. If it was not designed for long-term performance, it probably will have problems very early on.
Biological Growth – Such as vegetation in areas of standing water or algae growth on dark areas of a roof system.
Not Fixing Problems Promptly – Problems will usually not go away on their own! Small defects can add up to a much shorter roof life. If water is allowed to enter a roof system repeatedly, there can be serious damage created on the roof deck or within the roof system insulation. These defects can easily grow to be very costly.
Forgetting About Maintenance – Neglect is perhaps the single biggest cause of premature roof failure – a small amount of attention twice a year can extend a roof life by 35%.
Change in the use of the Building – A simple increase in the interior relative humidity of a building can cause severe condensation problems within the roof system causing early failure./li>
One of the most frequently forgotten parts on any roofing project is corrective and preventive maintenance. Nothing on an exterior of a dwelling will last forever, roofs included. A yearly inspection and preventive maintenance will extend life of a roof well beyond the warranty on well-designed roof systems. A licensed professional should inspect any roof before and after monsoon season her is AZ with our extreme weather. Contact Mark for more information today!