3 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Roof

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Roof
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    To most people, a roof seems fairly simple and straightforward. After all, what could be more simple than a layer of waterproof material laid over plywood?


The truth is, though, that your roof is not as simple as it seems. The more you know about your roof, the better you will be able to maintain it and know when it needs to be repaired or replaced. To help you in this learning and decision-making process, here are three things you didn’t know about your roof.

Roofs Need to Breathe

The first thing you should know about your roof is that it shouldn’t keep everything out. While roofs must keep out water, they must allow air and moisture to escape.

While it may not be as necessary as human breathing, roof breathing is essential to the long-term durability of your roof.

For your roof to properly breathe, your attic has to be properly ventilated. As warm air is drawn out of your attic and cooler outside air is drawn in, it creates an air current that also removes moisture.

This moisture removal is crucial to maintaining the structural integrity of the plywood sheathing that supports the shingles which make up your roof.

Roofs Can Get Dirty

While most roofs are dark in color to hide dirt, that doesn’t mean they can’t get dirty. If you live in an especially damp climate or if your attic isn’t properly ventilated, your roof can grow algae, mold, and mildew on its surface. Plus, if there are any trees that overhang your roof, tree droppings can adhere to your roof, attracting dirt and other contaminants.

Fortunately, this can all be removed with a thorough roof cleaning, typically done with a pressure washer. One thing to note is that this cleaning should be done by someone experienced in residential and commercial roof services to ensure no damage is done to your roof by the high-pressure stream of water. Be sure to have your roof washed on a regular basis. This will help keep your roof in good maintenance.

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All Roofs are Angled

While the pitch of a residential roof is pretty easy to spot, even commercial roofs are pitched to at least a small extent. Without a built-in slope, water can’t drain off the surface of the roof, leading to the potential for leaks or roof discoloration.

Ultimately, the slope of the roof is directed toward some type of drainage system, which removes the water from the surface of the roof and ensures it is directed away from the building’s foundation. Understanding the angled nature of roofs will help you be able to properly take care of your roof.

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Take Care of Your Roof

Roofs can last a lot longer than most people give them credit for. The problem is that few people take the time to properly maintain their roof to ensure it lasts as long as it could. By understanding more about your roof, you will be able to have a beautiful, durable, and long-lasting roof.

Make sure to schedule regular times for the roof to be maintained and cleaned. This will keep your roof in good condition.

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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan