Bitumen roofs are exceptionally durable and resistant to the elements, but like all synthetic rubber membranes, they’re plagued by the issue of shrinkage. The main concern is that the resulting contraction will pull at the roof flashing, creating openings for moisture to seep in. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize shrinkage.
Enchantment Roofing, the state’s go-to company for emergency roof repair services, lists the causes of shrinkage and the ways to prevent this below.
Proper Roof Installations
The majority of roof issues stem from improper installation work. You can’t rush the installation of bitumen roofing; it should be laid out for about 45 minutes before it’s installed. Only hire qualified and experienced contractors to make sure you won’t encounter this kind of problem.
Faulty Roof Designs
Hiring inexperienced or under-qualified contractors can lead to another problem—faulty roof designs. It’s possible that these contractors failed to include essential features that combat shrinkage, like drainage vents for example. In such cases, you’ll either have to install these missing features or install a new roof altogether.
Gradual Wear and Tear
Roof shrinkage may also be a consequence of aging combined with prolonged exposure to UV rays and the elements. While all roofing systems have limited lifespans, you can prolong them through frequent maintenance. Hiring a contractor who provides roofing maintenance services will ensure that relatively minor issues can be addressed before they worsen.
Apart from this, installing a ballast or applying a roof coating, can increase your roof’s resistance to UV rays.
However, without enough experience, it’s easy to miss the warning signs. To make sure roof inspections are as thorough as possible, only hire qualified and experienced contractors, especially if you need a roof restoration coating system.
Enchantment Roofing is a contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience. We offer roof maintenance and emergency roof repair services. To get a free estimate, call us at (505) 780-4616 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Santa Fe, NM.
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