Is your roof at risk of failure?

We talk often about the importance of your roof and it’s not just because our jobs are in the roofing industry. We see firsthand what happens when a roof fails, and it’s not pretty. Like any vital system that makes your home your home (read: dry, comfortable and somewhere you love being), a sure-proof way to make your home a living nightmare is to ignore those systems until they fail. And with your roof, when it fails it can cause a lot of havoc to your family, not to mention become a financial nightmare.


Common roof problems


Roofs aren’t terribly complex systems. They consist of a plywood surface (roof deck), a weatherproof membrane, and the roofing material you have chosen (tile, asphalt shingles, etc.). That said, here are some common problems we see with home roofs:


Leaks and moisture problems


This is probably the most common issue we see with roofs. Unfortunately it can also cause the most damage. Most of the leaks occur from improperly installed flashing around vents, chimneys and other things.


Roof shrinkage


As we mentioned above, below your actual roofing material is a membrane called an ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM for short. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful…but basically it’s extremely weather resistant and also protects against punctures in the roof. But it’s also prone to shrinking, which can lead to problems with the roof shingles themselves.


Roof blistering


roof-blistersRoof blisters usually happen when a roof gets too hot. Every roof needs to be well ventilated. This not only ensures the roof doesn’t get too hot in the summer but also that it remains cold in the winter and doesn’t result in ice dams (but that’s a blog post for a later date!). In any event, roof blisters can shorten the life span of your roof. That’s especially true if the the shingles themselves are disturbed, either by someone walking on them or debris falling on your roof. Should this happen, the shingles will lose their ability to provide protection and eventually cause roof leaks!


What to do


Any roofing manufacturer will tell you to have your roof inspected at least once per year. These inspections can be invaluable because they’re particularly expensive and they can spot trouble while it’s still minor (read: fairly inexpensive to fix). At RoofingConference, we strongly suggest you follow these recommended steps and stave off any potential problems by having a trained eye inspect your roof regularly!

What’s happening in the roofing industry?

Our goal at is to be an incredible resource for consumers, roofers, manufacturers and suppliers of roofing materials. As such, one of the main components of our blog is announcing recent news and articles we believe will be helpful for various readers.


Introducing, a web site devoted to educating people about sustainable forestry and its impact on the building industry. The Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Washington Forest Protection Association have teamed up to provide the web site. As the site explains, wood is the only building material that is naturally produced by the sun. Research indicates that substituting wood for more energy intensive would reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 30%. Obviously their goal is to increase the use of wood in our construction industry but to do so in a sustainable way that ensures healthy forests and a well-regulated foresting industry.

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association recently released a report discussing the impacts of roof traffic and moisture on roofing insulation materials.



In a heartwarming storay, METALCON (the metal constructions international event for metal construction materials) is teaming up with America’s Fund, a non-profit devoted to helping US veterans. This year, METALCON is raising money for military vets that are in need of assistance.


Sno-Gem has introduced a patent pending new snow-retention system that can be used for new build construction as well as retrofits on existing roofs. To learn more about the system, please visit their web site.


In what can only be described as a pretty significant event within the metal roofing industry, The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute recently confirmed a study commissioned by the Metal Construction Association verifying the service life of some metals roofs to be 60 years. To put that number in perspective, that’s a longer service life than some of the buildings these roofs are designed to protect!