There are several reasons why a roof may fail. Knowing what they are can help you prevent them. Read on as Universal Roofing & Exteriors lists the usual culprits of roof failure.
Poor-Quality Roofing Materials
Low-quality roofing materials won’t last as long as high-quality materials. When investing in asphalt shingles, pay attention to the quality of these components:
- Asphalt – The quality of the asphalt used in manufacturing the shingle is key to its resistance against extreme weather. Some manufacturers use powdered stone filler in their asphalt shingles to cut production costs. To avoid mistakenly buying poor-quality shingles, stick to reputable brands.
- Granules – The granules embedded in the shingle are also more likely to be dislodged if low-grade asphalt was used to manufacture the shingles. These granules protect the surface of the shingle ultraviolet rays. Without them, your roof becomes more vulnerable to leaks. Keep in mind that some degree of granule loss is to be expected over the course of the shingle’s lifespan. When bald patches start to appear on your roof, this means that granule loss is a cause for concern.
Your roof’s ventilation system is just as important as the kind—and quality—of the shingles. Without adequate ventilation, moisture in the air accumulates in your roof, creating a damp environment that’s the perfect environment for the formation of mold or wood wot.
Of course, even with high-quality materials and adequate ventilation, a roof can still fail if it wasn’t installed or maintained properly. As such, it’s important that you do your research before hiring a residential roofing contractor to install or maintain your roof. Here’s a vetting tip: The more experience a contractor has in the industry, the higher their level of expertise.
Looking for experienced contractors in your area? Universal Roofing & Exteriors, a community-focused company with nearly three decades of experience, offers professional roofing services, including roof repair and installation services. To request a quote, you can call us at (317) 257-0779 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Carmel and Zionsville, IN, as well as the surrounding communities.