Weather and time will break down any building material. Roofs have often become leaky or been ripped away by strong winds. Maintenance is always an issue due to cost, and many congregations have little money for upkeep. Few churches have the resources to maintain or replace a roof when it is damaged. They must rely on donations for these costs, especially when replacing a bad roof. Many churches have a roof fund for this reason.
Funding a new roof is generally a challenge for a congregation. They are often very inventive when it comes to raising money for this purpose. Bake sales, church sales of donated items and raffles are an important part of the fund raising process. Many people do their best to donate extra money to the church when a roof needs repair or replacement. This is one of the events that can draw a congregation together for a common cause.