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Why Roofs Fail, and How to Avoid it

As your go-to roofing contractor in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Bremerton we know roofs can fail for many reasons. And as a homeowner, we know you want your roof to stay in tip-top shape. Let’s learn more about why roofs fail, and how you can avoid it.

Reason #1: Improper Installation

Improper installation can be one of the most frustrating reasons your roof will fail. That’s why it’s important to find a contractor who will get the job done right the first time.

A crucial step during installation is the flashing. Flashing is the metal piece that ensures your roof’s weakest points are waterproof. When it's not installed correctly your roof will likely leak.

Flashing is usually found on the valleys of your roof and should be sealed with a high-quality sealant that keeps your roof watertight.

Another installation woe involves poor workmanship. This can include flaws like improper roof-to-wall connections, or shingles that aren’t nailed properly. When shingles aren't' nailed correctly, they shift and slide and will are bound to leak.

With Rainy Day Exteriors, we believe in a job done right the first time. That's why Rainy Exteriors is proud to offer a lifetime workmanship warranty for all our roofing services. Our complete workmanship warranty is for the life of materials and as long as you own your home.

Reason #2: Low-Quality Materials

Failed roofing also occurs when contractors cut corners by using low-quality materials. These are often less expensive and seem more appealing as you're reviewing bids, but this seldom works in the homeowner’s favor. When it’s time to get a new roof, be sure to get at least three bids from contractors who are known and trusted. As you review each bid, research the materials each contractor proposes and talk with them about how the materials perform in our climate.

Reason #3: Poor Ventilation

When your roof is failing, it’s easy to overlook your roof’s ventilation system. A properly working ventilation system ensures your attic stays dry and protects your roof from ice dams. To better understand why roof ventilation is important, check out a recent blog post here.

Reason 4: Lack of Maintenance

We know roof maintenance isn’t high on your list weekend to-dos, but it’s a necessary step if you want to make sure your roof stays in good shape. Make sure you get the most out of your roof by clearing debris, keeping gutters clean, and getting regular inspections.

A failing roof can seem daunting, so if you think it might be time for a new roof, contact us today. We offer free inspections and offer both replacement and repair.

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