3 Common Reasons Some New Asphalt Roofs Fail

You just got a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. You expect it to last for years to come, right? Unfortunately, there are several circumstances where a new roof fails prematurely. In today's blog, your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company discusses some of the reasons this could happen.

1. Improper Installation by the Roofing Contractor.

No matter if you purchased the best shingles on the market, poor installation by the roofing contractor could lead to a premature roof failure. Therefore, it's important you hire a well-experienced, knowledgeable roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks to do the job. Be sure to check their reviews and references, and see how long they've been in business. When you do have a new roof installed, be sure to ask the roofer if they offer any warranty for their installation work, as the manufacturers warranty only covers defects with the material, not the installation.

2. Issues with the Manufacturing of the Roofing Material.

All asphalt shingles are not made alike. They come in a variety of different grades and levels of quality. Manufacturers could cut production costs by opting for a cheaper grade of asphalt. The chemical properties of asphalt are vital to the lifespan of the shingle, as it determines the ability to withstand the elements. If the asphalt is poor quality, if there's too much powdered stone filler or if the manufacturing process is not great, the granules will come off the shingles must faster and in greater quantities than normal. Luckily, for this issue, you should have a manufacturer's warranty. Be sure to ask your roofer about the warranty before you have a new roof installed.

3. Improper Ventilation of the Roof.

Ventilation of the underside of the roof is directly related to the life expectancy of your shingles. Poorly ventilated roofs create an environment for moisture to build up in the attic spaces. Excess moisture under the roof shingles can cause the wood to move more than it's supposed to. This can lead to premature failure of your new roof. During the winter months, a build up of heat in the attic can lead to ice dams. An attic ventilation system that's properly balanced helps keep your roof in optimal condition.

The best thing you can do when having a new roof installed is to make sure you have a reputable Lake of the Ozarks roofer that you are working with. Above & Beyond Roofing offers many years of experience, and we can provide references for our work. Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for more information or to get a free estimate!

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