Your roofing system is one of the most important components of your home. After all, it is your home’s primary defense against the elements, protecting you from storms, the sun’s heat and bitter cold. Unfortunately, widespread misconceptions about roof repair might be costing you money! Making decisions for your home’s roof based on non-factual claims as opposed to the opinions of professionals and tried and true roofing facts could not only spell trouble for the health of your roof, but for the rest of your home as well. We’ll go over some of the most common roofing myths today to help you get your facts straight and steer clear of misinformation!
Re-roofing or Re-covering
A common roofing myth is that it is possible to save money on a repair job by roofing over existing shingles. The only way that this would be possible is if the shingles are in good health and standing and you were to spray over it with SPF roofing, also known as Spray Polyurethane Foam. If your roof requires repair, that likely means that your existing shingles are not in good standing and should be removed and replaced accordingly. Covering old shingles with new material without properly removing old, possibly rotting materials, could call for an even more expensive repair job down the road and create new damage that will take longer to appear.
DIY Roof Repair
Unless you are a licensed roofer, there is no such thing as a do-it-yourself roofing job! Accessing the roof of your home is dangerous and requires training and safety equipment to be worked on properly. You should never try to complete roof repairs or inspections yourself. Not only does that present a danger to your health and wellbeing, but it’s also not good for the health of your roof, as you are likely unqualified to be altering and attempting repairs to your home’s exterior.
All Shingles Are Created Equal
Sorry, this statement is just not true. Principally, asphalt shingles are made from similar materials; this much is true. However, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of textures, colors, and brands! Many factors that separate asphalt shingles from one another, just talk to a roofing contractor for further details.
New Roof Do Not Require Repair
A new roof is susceptible to the same damages as a roof that’s 20 years old, weather knows no ageism! This is creating an inspection date annually with trusted roofing professionals is integral to roof health and longevity.
No Leaks Means a Healthy Roof
Again, this statement is just not true. Is a leak in your roof a definite sign that you need to have repairs completed? Yes. Is it the only sign that your roof needs repaired? Absolutely not! There are a number of more subtle signs that your roof could require repair ranging from damaged or missing shingles to a slow and steady increase to your home’s utility bill! The only way to know for sure if your home requires a roofing repair job is to consult a roofing professional! Staying on top of annual inspections is a great way to avoid ever having a leaky roof.