The Most Common Misconceptions About Roofs

The Most Common Misconceptions About Roofs
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    You probably don't think much about your roof until it's time to have it repaired or replaced.

    Despite being frequently overlooked, the roof is an indispensable part of the home.

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It’s what keeps the interior—and the people inside the home—safe from inclement weather and other natural hazards. Unfortunately, the lack of attention that most people pay to their roofs means that it’s incredibly easy for common misconceptions about them to spread and prevail.

Let’s go over some of the most common misconceptions about roofs and why they’re not true.

Repair Is Expensive

This is an incredibly unfortunate misunderstanding that causes many people to delay repairing their damaged roof. It’s true that expensive repairs can cost quite a bit of money.

Most simple repairs, on the other hand, can be performed quickly and for an affordable price. Even if your roof is badly damaged, it’s better to bite the bullet and have it repaired as soon as possible.

If you wait too long, the damage could spread and worsen. Eventually, what was once a small repair could turn into a massive problem that requires a full replacement.

In general, dealing with roof damage in a timely manner will save you money. A professional roof repair company will inspect your roof, fix the damage, and work with you to come up with a price point that will leave both parties satisfied.

You Can Install New Shingles Over the Old Ones

There’s one common myth that installing new shingles over the old ones can save you money. This practice might save you money now, but it can lead to costly repairs further down the line.

Your roof can only contain a certain number of pounds per square inch. Installing an additional layer of shingles will add a substantial amount of weight to your roof, which can lead to structural damage such as sagging or a total collapse.

The new layer of shingles won’t keep any moisture out, either, because the degraded roofing underlayment is still sitting underneath it. It’s a lot like painting an old, worn-down shack without fixing all the structural damage first. The paint hides the imperfections but doesn’t make them go away.

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You Don’t Need To Replace Your Roof Unless It’s Leaking

Another one of the most common misconceptions about roofs is that you don’t need to replace your roof unless it’s leaking. Extensive leaking is definitely a reason to have your roof replaced, but it isn’t the only one.

There are plenty of reasons why your roof might require replacement over repair. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • numerous missing shingles
  • shingles that have lost their granule coating
  • thick mold or moss growing on the roof
  • sheathing that’s soft and rotten

Your Roof Is Old

The age of your roof is another huge factor when it comes to determining whether roof replacement is necessary. Generally, you should have it replaced every 20-25 years depending on the material. Composition shingles might need replacing as early as 12 years, while asphalt shingles can last as long as 30.

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