When a roof system doesn't provide the level of protection
expected or things simply go wrong, a project is investigated and
the problem's cause determined. Because roofs have been around
since humans began constructing shelter, there is not much roofing
experts have not seen, and it is disheartening to realize many
problems could be avoided by not repeating the lessons we already
There have been many attempts to develop resources that educate
roofing professionals about common problems and how designers,
contractors and building owners can avoid them. Likewise, we have
avenues where researchers, technical experts and others share data,
experience, and the methods of their investigations and discoveries
regarding issues in our industry.
These avenues include symposia, educational sessions, regional
conferences and magazines.
One benefit of this type of cooperative spirit is the ability to
seek guidance from a host of experts. Somewhere in our collective
past, we learned helping others avoid problems or solve a
particular problem is to our benefit and knowledge not
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