Asphalt Roofs Fail. Why?

May 14, 2015 | Filed under: Metal Roofing,News,Ventilation

The simple answer is the sun.  Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause your asphalt shingles to dry-up and become brittle. Tiny cracks form in the composite material and they eventually lose their water-proofing properties.  Summer heat accelerates the process by drying up the the adhesives and shingles begin to curl and break loose.  As your roof becomes sun worn, the sealant used around metal flashing also dries up and breaks apart.  The constant expansion and contraction with temperature causes the adhesive to come apart and fail.  This exposes your home’s precious interior to the elements.

Another reason asphalt roofs fail is inadequate ventilation.  Poor ventilation introduces a whole host of issues to your home.  It causes moisture to become trapped in your attic, damaging the roof decking.  When the roof deck is moisture-damaged it becomes spongy, weakens, and sags between rafters.  Excessive moisture in your attic causes nails to rust.  As the fasteners of your shingles fail, it is just a matter of time before the whole roof fails.  Poor ventilation also creates heat-buildup in your attic, causing the undersurface of your roof to become hot.  Add to this the damage on the exterior and your roof is compromised.

Asphalt-FailingMost people notice their roof aging when they clean out their gutters.  Asphalt shingle adhesives fail and granules are washed away by the rain.  When you notice an increasing amount of granules in your gutters and in your downspouts, it’s time to replace your roof.

Neglecting to replace your roof in time will lead to leaks.  This will incur costly repairs and weaken the structure of your home.  An asphalt roof should need replacing about every 10-15 years.

What’s the Solution?

The solution is simple.  Call Schroer & Sons Contracting.  Leave the headaches of asphalt behind you and invest in a beautiful, maintenance-free, lifetime metal roof!  A metal roof from Schroer & Sons will never break down or fail.  It is impervious to sun damage and looks beautiful forever.  It is the last roof you’ll ever buy.  More homeowners are choosing metal because of its durability and lifetime peace of mind.


If you live anywhere in western or central Ohio (including Columbus, Lima, Sidney, or any point between), contact Schroer & Sons for a free, no-hassle, no-obligation roofing consultation today.