Membrane roofs are built to last, but they can still be prone to damage. Some issues are minor and can be easily fixed while others — such as seam failure — need more special attention. If your membrane roof has failed at the seams, you must have it checked immediately to avoid further damage.
Here are some reasons why membrane roofs fail at the seams.
Reasons Membrane Roofs Fail at the Seams
- Incorrect placement of insulation. Errors in insulation installation can lead to membrane seam failure. The insulation beneath the membrane will distort, causing fractures and rips in various roof parts.
- Poor roof installation. This is known as the most common cause of seam failure. If seams are not properly sealed, there will be gaps where water can enter. When water penetrates the roofing material, mold, mildew, decay, electrical hazards and other moisture-related issues can develop.
- Weathering. All roofing materials deteriorate over time. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, strong winds and heavy rains can all have a long-term impact on your roof. When exposed to these elements, your roofing membrane will shrink, become brittle and eventually deteriorate. If the seams are damaged, it’s time to replace the roof.
Preventing Seam Failure
The roofing system is a significant investment for you as a homeowner. It is critical to prioritize and keep this home feature in good working order. Select a reputable company with enough experience and expertise to install and inspect it regularly.
Since 1970, Ritco Group, Inc. has been committed to addressing a variety of roofing new construction needs, helping clients improve their properties. Whether big or small, each project we undertake is carried out to a high standard. To schedule a consultation, contact our team today at (931) 381-0175. You can also request a consultation by filling out the online request form. We serve clients in Columbia, Franklin and Brentwood, TN.