Many factors affect the overall performance of asphalt shingle roofs. In case of failure, one or a combination of these culprits could be behind the problem:
1. The Elements
Nature is the mortal enemy of any roof. Although residential roofing products are designed to take a perennial beating from the sun, rain, wind, and snow, environmental conditions would test the material’s weatherability. The service life of your roof is relative to its ability to endure the detrimental effects of the elements.
2. Incomplete System
A reliable roof is more than asphalt shingles. It should consist of components engineered to work together and form a formidable system. Since every part plays a vital role, lacking one could compromise the weather resistance of your roof.
At Crown Roofing, we recommend either GAF’s Lifetime Roofing System or Owens Corning’s Total Protection Roofing System®. Both of them comprise innovative components, including leak barriers, underlayments, and vents, to complement the performance of shingles.
3. Subpar Installation
Your roof is only as good as its installer. No matter how good your roofing system on paper is, its chances of failing prematurely is high if it wasn’t installed the right way.
4. Inadequate Ventilation
Without proper attic ventilation, your home is less able to expel excessive indoor moisture and combat overheating. High levels of humidity don’t just cause condensation that would rot your wooden roof deck, but also cook your shingles from the inside. Before you know it, your need an immediate roof repair to fix curling problems.
5. Damaged Flashing
Broken or cracked flashing is one of the common sources of leaks. Since it’s meant to seal your valleys and penetrations, any sign of deterioration makes it less effective in inhibiting water intrusion.
6. Poor Maintenance
Periodic roof maintenance is never a waste of time and money. You need to get your roof inspected every three to five years. If you feel a storm has ravaged your home, it pays to get it thoroughly checked by professionals to spot and address any damage early. Nine times out of ten, a major leakage occurs due to lack of proper maintenance.
7. Nearby Trees
If tall trees surround your home, strong winds could cause the overhanging branches to bruise your shingles and damage their protective granules. Without these functional-slash-aesthetic coverings, your shingles would succumb faster to ultraviolet radiation and become brittle prematurely.
9. Father Time
Even flawlessly installed and regularly inspected roofs could only stay serviceable for as long as possible. If your asphalt shingle roof is nearing its 25th birthday, consider replacing it whether you experience a problem or not. Its chances of failure greatly increase as it approaches the quarter-century mark.
Let us add more years to the life span of your roof in Vancouver or Surrey with excellent maintenance and repair services. We have the expertise, experience, and integrity to perform a meticulous evaluation of your roofing system and provide you an honest assessment. To schedule your free estimate, call us now at (604) 210-6655.