One of the most commonly asked questions in the roofing industry is “How long should the roof last?”
Although roofs fail prematurely due to unexpected external forces like including earthquakes, hail, hurricanes, tornados, and foot-traffic abuse, a primary reason for premature failure is regular and prolonged exposure to sun and wind.
All exterior-grade construction materials need to provide a means of fighting off sun and wind’s oxidizing effects, which result in aging. Roofing materials are in a league of their own in this regard, especially because their location makes them especially vulnerable. The roof is fully exposed to the sun’s rays and is elevated enough to allow wind to blow across it freely.
Exterior materials subjected to the deteriorating effects of aging and weather tend to diminish in performance. When materials are subjected to the roofing environment, deterioration from exposure and biological effects accelerates. The pressure on roofing materials to react or degrade is several times that of materials on the interior of the building.
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