The Numerous Causes Of Roof Damage

by | Feb 23, 2016 | Roofing

The roof on your home is by far the most important element, if necessary you can tolerate a broken window for a couple of days or even a leak in the basement but a leaking roof can cause a great deal of damage in a very short period of time. Contractors that perform Aurora IL roof repairs have seen it all and they know the common roof problems can be caused by:

Poor construction: Although the housing industry is bouncing back somewhat from the terrible times it went through over the last few years, many contractors are still having to cut a few corners to get contracts. As the majority of the roof is actually hidden from view there are contractors that cut corners by using sub-standard material and unskilled labor. It is common knowledge that roofing felt should be four ply, unfortunately many contractors are dropping to two ply. In situations like these it does not take a long time for problems to appear.

Normal aging: The roof on your home begins to age from the day it was completed. Asphalt shingles, by far the most popular roofing material might have a 20 year plus warranty, this does not mean that Aurora IL roof repairs will not have to be carried out long before this warranty period is up. Weather is the enemy of any roof, it is under constant bombardment from snow, hail, sleet, rain and wind and the roof expands and contracts as the seasons change. Add all these elements up and it is easy to see how premature aging can affect the integrity of the roof cover.

Building settles: Even though it may be only a small amount, every building settles; some settle more than others, it depends on the stability of the material the foundation is built on. In many cases new homes are built on land which has either been reclaimed or graded significantly, this can cause significant settling. As the building settles the roof structure can move, often there is enough movement to cause a leak.

Mechanical damage: You may wonder what kind of mechanical damage a roof could sustain. Many homeowners install equipment on the roof of their home, it is common for people to erect antennas for radio and TV as well as air conditioners. All this equipment puts extra weight and stress on the roof structure and in many cases the fasteners used during the installation of this equipment are not sealed leaving a natural path for water to enter the structure.

Aurora roof repairs are often needed when the home ages or the roof is otherwise damaged. Visit Showalter Roofing Service, to know more details.

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