Resilience is that quality that helps us endure life’s ups and downs, bounce back from unforeseen setbacks and failures, and soldier on even when the task appears impossible. Resilience also helps your roof endure the many blows of Mother Nature. So how do you make your roof more resilient?
Here are three ways:
Have Your Roof Installed Correctly. While this seems like a given, you’d be surprised how many roofing systems fail simply because they are not installed properly. A faulty installation dramatically increases the likelihood of problems and significantly decreases the life expectancy of your roof. According to Ron Harriman, vice president, Benchmark Inc., in Cedar Rapids, IA, “Workmanship does tend to be one of the more common problems or common reasons for problems that crop up at some point in the life of the roof.” Harriman point to problems such as BUR system adhesion, poor material preparation, and lack of education of roofing crews in the specific roofing installation as some of the most common installation failures. The take home message: be sure the contractor and crew you hire are educated in the proper installation techniques needed for your roof.
Lack of Maintenance. I’m sure you heard many times that your roof, like anything else you depend on, has to be maintained. But, unfortunately most people learn this the hard way. Much of this is can be attributed to what Chris Mooney, GAFMC/CARE national training manager calls, “lack of education on all levels (of the roofing industry)”. Not just should you perform routine inspections of your roof, says Mooney, you should also do the required maintenance for another very important reason: it maintains your warranty.
Pooling Water. Most people do know that pooling water on their roof is not a good sign – and one that could portend larger problems. Yet when pooling water is left on the roof – especially with UV rays shining on the water – a host of problems can transpire, such as mold, mildew, deterioration of asphalt shingles, and even potentially a voided warranty. So what should you do if you see pooling water on your roof? First, you should find the source – which could be anything from an HVAC unit without condensation drain lines to hail damage. And then you should work with a licensed professional contractor to fix the problem – sooner, not later.
When it comes to the resilience of your roof, every little bit, from a proper installation to regular maintenance and prompt repairs, pays off. The result will be a roof that can endure through many years of harsh weather.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration, and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Dallas, TX., and Denver, CO.