There are plenty of common roofing myths out there that if you don’t know how to identify and avoid them, they could cost you big.
Here are the top five most common roofing myths and how to avoid them.
1. Dark Colored Shingles Will Result in Higher Energy Bills
This is one of the most common myths we run into. Darker shingles do absorb more heat on sunny days, this is true; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will have higher energy costs. This is because, in most cases, your attic has a layer of insulation and is vented which results in the reduction of heat from transferring from the roof into your home.
2. It is Fine To Install New Shingles Over the Old Ones
You might have heard the roofing myth that installing a layer of new shingles over the old ones will save you money. But that’s simply not true. You might save a little money now; however, in the not so long run, it could cost you big. This is because your roof can only sustain a certain amount of pounds per square inch (PSI) and adding another layer of shingles adds a tremendous amount of weight to your roof that could potentially result in extensive structural damage such as a roof collapse. Additionally, a new layer of shingles doesn’t properly keep moisture out because the old degraded roofing underlayment is still in place.
3. A Roof Doesn’t Need to be Replaced Unless It Leaks
Not all leaks and other roofing issues can be easily detected as is the case in an obvious leak. Only a professional roofer knows how to inspect your roof and uncover potential problems that can be fixed before they turn into major repairs. Remember, once water gets into the roofing system, it can cause damage to the decking, structural components, and other interior elements, which means that once you do replace your roof, you will be paying a lot more for additional repairs.
4. All Asphalt Shingles Are the Same
This is another roofing myth that could cost you. Asphalt shingles are all made from similar materials; however, not all of them are made with the same quality. In fact, asphalt shingles come in a variety of textures and colors, not to mention the varying quality of the different brands. It’s best to talk with your roofing contractor for more information about the brand of shingles they use and why.
5. Repairing My Roof Will Be Expensive
This is an unfortunate misunderstanding that prevents homeowners from taking appropriate actions to protect their home and roof. While extensive repairs can be expensive to perform, many repairs can be performed quickly and affordably. An experienced roofer will be able to identify the issue and apply the appropriate fix at an affordable price. When done in a timely manner, this will save you money in the long run by preventing more substantial damage to your home and prolonging the life of your roof.
The best way to avoid extensive and costly roof repairs, as well as extending the life expectancy of your roof is to sign up for a preventative maintenance plan. Doing so will catch and correct a problem before it turns into a major repair.
If you suspect a roofing problem, want to inquire about one of our preventative maintenance plans, or need a roof inspection, please Contact Us today.
Perry Roofing is one of Florida’s leading residential and commercial roofing contractors. We have been serving the Gainesville and surrounding areas since 1976 and look forward to serving you too!