- Poor workmanship is the reason for 47% of roof replacements
- Poor overall design accounts for 16% of roof replacements
- Faulty materials and weathering are responsible for 9% of replacements
- Trapped moisture and mechanical damage cause 8% of replacements
- Excess roof traffic accounts for 3% of replacements
When individuals notice a problem in their roofing structure, they act quickly to bring in a roofing repair company to reverse the problem. However, most building occupants never set foot on their roof so most problems are not found in time to keep damage to a minimum. Building owners therefore can only protect the investment they have made in a building and its contents by scheduling regular roof maintenance and evaluations.
Conventional wisdom says that building owners should schedule one roof inspection each year, but today’s roofing experts actually recommend two inspections. Since each season brings a different climate, it is best to schedule one roof maintenance check in the fall and one in the spring. A fall inspection will look for problems most commonly caused by summer temperatures while looking for vulnerabilities like cracks that can become problematic in the winter. A spring inspection checks for problems generally seen in colder climates while preparing the roof for warmer summer temperatures.
An inspection should prepare the roof for the next season’s harsh temperatures because one of the main purposes of this structure is to regulate temperatures. During the summer, the roof will keep cool air inside the building while during the winter the roof will keep warm air inside the building. If the owner has neglected to hire a roof repair company to fix cracks and leaks, then the roof will be unable to keep that air inside. Consequently the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units have to work harder, which results in higher energy bills for the building owner.
Individuals who want to protect their roof and everything that it covers, while avoiding expensive roof repair bills and high energy bills should hire a roof maintenance company to perform semi-annual inspections.