Top 10 Reasons Roof Systems Fail

There are lots of reasons why a roof system might fail, requiring premature replacement. Of course, every roof system begins to age and deteriorate from the moment it’s installed. We’re not talking about failure of a system that’s simply come to the end of its useful life. We’re talking about the roof systems that fail (leak) before they make it to the end of their intended service life.

Top 10 Countdown

Here are the top 10 reasons why a roof system might fail before it’s time:

10. Vandalism

9. Fire

8. Manufacturing defects/poor quality materials

7. Severe weather damage

6. Damage by subcontractors performing other services

5. Use of incompatible materials

4. Improper finishing of surface materials

3. Poor quality control during application or repair

2. Poor choice of roofing system

1. Lack of routine maintenance

You can see that many of the less common causes of roof failure are events that are largely out of our control. As we move into the more frequent causes, however, it becomes clear that most of them are preventable. A simple, automated program of roof inspections and preventive maintenance can eliminate the number one reason for roof failure and extend the life of your roof system, deferring replacement costs and saving a lot of time and money.

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