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Top 5 Roofing Myths Debunked!
There are a lot of myths out there about roofing. When it comes to replacing your roof, some people think that anyone can do it while others don’t think it’s necessary until there’s a leak. These roofing misconceptions can hurt our industry and put you, the homeowner, at risk. In this article, we will debunk the top 5 roofing myths!
Roofing Myth #1:
Anyone can repair their own roof.
Roofing is a complex trade that takes years of training and experience to perfect. Even with decades of experience, roofers always face severe risks. In addition to the risk of falling, roofers face burns from hot roofing materials, electrocution from exposed power lines, and injuries from falling debris. It’s a risky job that involves carrying extremely heavy materials up to potentially dangerous heights.
Not to mention, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up making the problem worse!
If you’re bound and determined to take the job on yourself, make sure you know what you’re getting into. You can check out our DIY guide at claytonhoover.com/diy-roof-replacement-vs-professional-roofing-replacement to help you prepare. However, we always recommend that you hire a professional.
Roofing Myth #2:
All asphalt shingles are the same.
Asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors, thicknesses, and styles. Even within the category of “asphalt shingles,” different shingles are made from different materials, such as fiberglass or organic felt. Different types of asphalt shingles have different durability ratings, lifespans, and warranties.
It’s important that you do your research or talk to a professional before making a decision. We use top-of-the-line CertainTeed products for all of our roofing jobs and our work is always backed by a warranty.
Roofing Myth #3:
It is possible to roof over existing shingles.
This is a myth that is perpetuated by some roofing contractors who want to save time and money. While it is certainly possible, it is never a good idea.
Roofing over existing shingles can cause huge problems down the line. The weight of multiple layers of shingles can cause structural damage, including cracks in your roof. These cracks as well as unsealed/poorly-sealed seams can lead to leaks. The damage caused will be much more expensive to fix than the cost of removing the old shingles to begin with.
Another reason why you should always remove old shingles before installing new ones is that layering your shingles can cause premature deterioration. With the old shingles between your roof and the new shingles, the new shingles are more prone to weathering, such as cracking in extreme temperatures or blowing off in strong winds.
Roofing Myth #4:
It's always best to replace an entire roof rather than repair it.
In many cases, this isn’t necessary. If the damage is isolated to one area or there are only a few shingles that need to be replaced, then a repair job will suffice. Replacing an entire roof is a much more expensive endeavor and should only be undertaken if it is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, most people do not inspect their roofs often enough to notice minor damages. Typically, by the time we are called out for an inspection the roof is in need of a full replacement.
You should treat your roof like you treat your car. Don’t wait until there is an issue, because the repairs could be costly. Instead, have your roof inspected annually, and be sure you check it after any extreme weather. The sooner you call us, the more likely it is that we can simply patch or repair your roof.
Roofing Myth #4:
As long as the roof looks good from the ground, there's no need to have it inspected.
We’re frankly gob-smacked that this is even a thought in people’s heads. As stated above, it is important to have your roof inspected annually, even if it appears to be in good condition. Small problems can quickly turn into larger ones if they’re not caught early on, so don’t neglect this crucial step in maintaining your roof.
We get it – it’s easy to adopt an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude. But without physically climbing on top of your home, there’s no way to accurately determine whether or not your roof is showing signs of deterioration.
Remember, you want to catch problems BEFORE they turn into costly leaks – not after. So don’t wait until you have water pouring into your home to give us a call. We’re happy to come out and take a look, free of charge!
We hope this article has helped clear up some of the myths surrounding roofing repairs. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ClaytonHoover.com/roofing.