Every homeowner relies on their roof to keep their family safe and their house comfortable and dry. But unfortunately, many of us take our residential roofing for granted. Worse yet, we’re inclined to believe popular misconceptions about roof maintenance, repairs, and installation. These myths can often result in unnecessary wastes of time and money, as well as overall increased confusion and frustration. To that end, we’re debunking three of the most common myths roofing contractors hear about their industry and how you can better prepare your home for any situation.
MYTH: If you need a new roof, your roofing contractor can simply install it right over the old one.
Truth: Layering new shingles on top of old ones would definitely be an easier task, but it’s a recipe for disaster. If you don’t strip off those old shingles, the sheathing can’t be examined for underlying issues. This will usually result in premature aging and eventual roof repairs. Ultimately, that means you’ll end up paying a lot more for roof maintenance than is actually necessary. Hire a roofing contractor who will install your roof correctly the first time, or else it probably won’t last as long as it should.
MYTH: You don’t need to replace flashing unless you’re getting a whole new roof.
Truth: Actually, the flashing is its own entity. Flashing (the metal components that drive water away from pipes, vents, and other openings) doesn’t always last the same amount of time your roof does. It may need to be replaced within its first year or it could outlast your roof’s entire lifespan. That’s why it’s best to have your flashing inspected twice a year to make sure it’s doing its job. Don’t simply assume that if your shingles are fine, your flashing must be too.
MYTH: When it comes to roof insulation, more is always better.
Truth: With some home maintenance projects, too much of a good thing can result in problems. That’s definitely the case for an excess of insulation. While you do need adequate insulation to make sure your home stays comfortable, you shouldn’t exceed the recommended limit. Otherwise, you can actually block ventilation and trap moisture in. That can lead to warping, rot, and even mold. There needs to be a delicately maintained balance between ventilation and insulation; by adding more insulation, you may make problems even worse. Your roofing contractor can be a valuable source of information in regards to these issues, so make sure to contact them if you’re noticing signs of improper ventilation or insulation in your home.
If you used to believe these roofing myths, you’re certainly not alone. But now that you know the truth, you’ll be in a much better position to make good decisions in regards to your property. The more you know, the better off you’ll be (and the more time and money you’ll save). And if you’re ever in doubt, give your local roofing company a ring.