Debunking Ten Common Roofing Myths
There are a lot of popular roofing myths that can lead to homeowners making the wrong decisions. In this blog post, we will debunk some of the most common roofing myths out there.
Myth #1: Asphalt shingles only last 10-15 years.
FACT: Asphalt shingles can last for 20 years or more if they are properly installed and maintained. Actually, there are many asphalt shingles on homes that are still going strong after 30 years. The lifespan of your roof will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of the shingles, the climate you live in, and how well you maintain your roof. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you may need to replace your roof more often. But if you live in a mild climate and take care of your roof, it should last for many years.
Myth #2: You should only replace your roof if it leaks.
FACT: There are many other signs that your roof may need to be replaced, such as curling shingles, missing shingles, or cracks in the roofing material. If you notice any of these signs, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer.
Myth #3: You need to replace your entire roof if there is a leak.
FACT: In some cases, you may be able to repair the leak without replacing the entire roof. However, it is important to have a professional roofer assess the damage to determine the best course of action.
Myth #4: A new roof doesn't need maintenance.
FACT: While a new roof is expected to last for many years, regular maintenance is needed to maximize its life. Over time, exposure to harsh weather conditions, debris accumulation, and the natural aging process can cause wear and tear on your roof. Periodic inspections and maintenance, such as cleaning gutters and removing moss or algae, can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems.
Myth #5: Roof repairs can be delayed indefinitely.
FACT: Ignoring roof repairs or delaying them indefinitely can have serious consequences. A small leak or damaged shingle, if left unattended, can lead to water infiltration, mold growth, and structural damage. It is important to address any signs of damage promptly to avoid costly repairs or premature roof replacement.
Myth #6: Metal roofs are too expensive & noisy.
FACT: Metal roofs can be more expensive than asphalt shingles upfront but offer major benefits in the long run. Metal roofs last much longer than asphalt shingles, so you will save money on repairs and replacements. They also reflect heat, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, leading to significant savings on your energy bills.
Metal roofing technology has come a long way in recent years. Some metal roofs are actually designed to be soundproof. If you are concerned about noise, a soundproof metal roof design may be your best option.
Myth #7: The color of your roof affects its lifespan.
FACT: The color of your roof does not affect its lifespan. However, the color of your roof can affect the amount of heat it absorbs. Darker colors absorb more heat, while lighter colors absorb less heat. This can affect the temperature of your attic and home, but it does not affect the lifespan of your roof.
Myth #8: Roof insulation is only needed in cold climates.
FACT: Proper insulation is essential regardless of the climate you live in. Insulation not only helps regulate temperature but also prevents the transfer of heat and cold, reducing energy consumption and keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. In warmer climates, insulation can prevent heat from penetrating your home, reducing the strain on your cooling system.
Myth #9: A new roof can be installed over an existing one.
FACT: While this may seem like a cost-effective solution, it is not recommended by roofing professionals. Installing a new roof over an old one can lead to additional weight on the structure, potentially causing structural damage and compromising the integrity of the new roof. It is best to remove the old roof before installing a new one to ensure proper installation and longevity.
Myth #10: You can save money by doing your own roofing.
FACT: Roofing is a complex and dangerous job, and it is important to have the right skills and experience to do it safely. A poorly installed roof is prone to leaks and other issues that will cost you time and money eventually. Always hire an experienced roofing contractor.
At Watertight Roofing Services, we trust facts, not myths. If you are ready to discuss your roofing project, call us at 813-971-5404. Our no-obligation consultations and estimates are always free.