Roof defects and installation deficiencies are a common cause of litigation and the need for the legal guidance of a roofing lawyer. Identifying defects early is very difficult. Unfortunately, underlying issues often get worse because no one realizes there is a problem until significant damage has been done. Understanding the most common types of roof failures will help contractors prevent the errors that often shorten a roof’s lifespan, as well as avoid roofing claims. Read this section and part two to learn more.
Common Roofing Problems
In order to prevent roofing defects from happening, contractors must be cognizant of the most common types of defects, which include:
Poor workmanship: Causes many roof defects due to improper installation.
Blistering: Caused by the expansion of liquid or gas entrapment within the roofing system. The use of drier materials and insulated equipment prevents blisters.
Roof shrinkage: Occurs from poor membrane design or use of wrong materials. Proper installation prevents shrinkage.
Punctures: The result of worker negligence during activities such as HVAC maintenance, sign installers, window washers, as well as debris being blown onto the roof.
What Causes a Roof to Wear Out?
A roofing system may fail for various reasons. The following factors contribute to how quickly a roofing system wears out:
Poor Installation: Poor workmanship is a cause of roof failures. When a roof is installed improperly the roof will deteriorate much faster.
Material Selection: The type of material has an effect on how fast a roof will wear out. For example, metal roofs are more durable because they can withstand certain conditions such as rain and snow. Materials that reflect heat also last much longer. Darker material absorbs heat and lighter materials reflect heat.
Climate/Weather Conditions: The climate and weather conditions of a region can reduce the lifespan of a roof. Buildings in very hot and humid regions or those that experience a lot of rain must utilize materials that can withstand extreme weather conditions.
Roof Slope: Gentle slope roofs degrade faster because they retain more moisture. When roofs are saturated with water, this leads to all types of problems such as roof blistering.
Poor Insulation: Roofs without the proper ventilation and insulation have poor temperature control that leads to issues such as blistering and punctures.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.