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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/01/2013

Envelope Failures and Forensics

Notice clues, identify evidence, and enlist investigators to solve the case

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Photos Courtesy of ARUP

Roofing Clues Indicating Facade Failure 
An aging roof that starts to crack at the laps, flashing, and seams is often failing or reaching the end of its service life. Enlist a specialist if you don’t have staff to inspect the roof.

Problems at the roof and eaves are often the precursor to failures on the facade. Even issues that seem minor, such as peeling and blistering, should not be ignored.

Standing water is always a concern. Here, it indicates that the drain is no longer the low point on this roof or that it could be clogged. Inspect roof drains at least once per year.

 

Chris Curtland christopher.curtland@buildings.com is assistant editor of BUILDINGS.

 


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