Four Reasons For Roof Failure

Is your home in need of roof repair, or do you have a problem that is related to your roof? If so, you may be wondering why the roof failed in the first place. While an unexpected roof failure can happen for a variety of reasons, here are four likely reasons behind it.

Installation Issues

The process of installing your home's roof can be very complex. If it isn't done correctly, your home won't have the protection it needs. This is the reason why it is advised to hire a professional to take on this important task rather than do it yourself. Something as small as improperly installed flashing can cause water to get under your shingles and into your home.  If your roof wasn't installed by a certified contractor, consider the installation to be the cause behind your roofing problems.

Ventilation Problems

Your roof also needs to be properly ventilated for several reasons. For example, if you have a house fire, ventilation is what will help the smoke leave the home instead of causing more damage. That ventilation also is what allows your house to breathe and allow all that trapped moisture to leave the home through your attic. If there is poor ventilation, you could have mold growth and water damage in your home because that moisture has nowhere to go. This not only causes damage but is a potential health risk as well. 

Material Problems

There is also a big possibility that the materials used on your roof are the cause of the problem. Materials can fail due to no fault of your own, and it's a reason why materials come with a warranty. While you can make a warranty claim to get new roofing materials, you will still be out the money for labor and any repairs that need to be done to your home.

Flashing Problems

Your flashing is what prevents water from getting underneath your roofing material in places where things stick out of the roof, such as ventilation pipes. It is also used to join two slopes together where water will run down the seam. One problem with flashing is that it becomes detached from your roof, leaving a gap where water is capable of getting behind the material.  Sometimes fixing it is as simple as applying roofing cement to the flashing to keep it in place, but some situations require replacing the flashing with new material.

A roof replacement contractor can help determine what is wrong with your roof and help replace it for you.