Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

4 Reasons A New Roof Can Fail

by Edgar Cruz

If you need a new roof, you should definitely hire well-trusted, professional, and experienced contractors. Otherwise, you can run into major issues. Here are four reasons why your new roof can fail completely, which is common when you don't hire the right people:

  1. Poor Installation: First off, installing a roof is a complex process and, if not done right, it will not work when it comes to protecting your home. This is why you should not install a new roof yourself or hire someone who does not have the proper permits and certifications. Someone with experience is going to know what products need to be used and what steps need to be taken first before the main part of the roof is installed. 
  2. Poor Ventilation: The ventilation of a roof is extremely important to ensure that smoke does not become trapped in your home in the event of a fire. It also allows your home to "breathe" since it will prevent moisture from becoming trapped in the attic, which is a major problem that can cause excessive water damage and mold growth that can affect you and your family's health. 
  3. Poor Material Use: When certain materials are used that are poor quality, the roof is going to fail. On top of this, those who are not professional also skip out on some materials that professional contractors would consider essential. This includes sealants that are going to prevent roof leaks from happening, as well as flashings that help move water away from any roof structures, such as the chimney. 
  4. Poor Flashing Installation: Speaking of flashings, these are often not installed correctly when there isn't a professional working on the installation of the new roof. This is because many people believe that simply applying caulk around the area should be enough to seal the flashing in place. However, this is not the case. Since these areas of the roof are often exposed to extreme weather conditions and a heavy amount of water, the caulk is going to break down more easily over time and make the flashing not work properly to keep water out. 

When you know some of the reasons why a roof can fail when not correctly installed, you can see why it's worth investing in a professional contractor for the job. You'll want to check out different roofing websites, like http://www.us-roofing.com, for more information. This way, you are much less likely to deal with major repair problems soon after the new roof has been installed.  


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!