Keeping your home clean, appealing, and valuable can be frustrating at times. From mowing the lawn and trimming shrubs to washing windows and repairing leaky faucets, it is easy to see how so many homeowners become stressed out and overwhelmed. Of course, most maintenance is essential to protecting the real estate investment. While some tasks are considered priorities, focusing on your roof should be at the top of your list. By understanding a few common myths regarding repair, you will know when, how, and why to restore your home's roof back to a functional, valuable, and appealing state.
If The Roof Looks Good, It's Fine
Most homeowners believe as long as their roof looks like it is in good condition, it is. Unfortunately, this is not true, since serious issues can be affecting the underlying roof and structure of your home. This damage may not actually be visible.
A small crack or tear in one shingle will allow moisture to penetrate the roof foundation. This moisture can affect the function of your roof, resulting in warping, bubbling of your ceiling inside the home, actual water leaks, and costly water damage.
Just because you do not see any visible damage to the roof does not mean it is not there. Be sure to have your roof professionally inspected periodically to reduce the risk of water damage and even the dangerous growth of mold.
Covering a Layer of Shingles with New Shingles Is Sufficient
If you are missing a few shingles or your roof is older and in need of a replacement, you may want to cut time and costs by covering an existing layer of shingles with a new layer. Even though most states permit this task under their building codes and regulations, it may not be the best option.
Without removing your old shingles, you will not be able to inspect the underlying plywood for signs of distress. Placing new shingles over existing shingles that cover rotted, water damaged plywood will not make the underlying damage go away.
In addition, shingles are meant to be installed over flat surfaces, helping water run off the roof, into gutters, and down from the house and away form the foundation. If shingles are installed over existing shingles, water will not be able to run off as effectively.
All Shingles Are the Same
For many homeowners, a shingle is a shingle. No matter what type of material is used, shingles are meant solely for covering up the top of the house. This is another myth that must be addressed, since each shingle is different, offering its own set of pros and cons.
Asphalt is the most common shingle material used today. Not only are they available in a variety of colors and styles, but asphalt shingles are also incredibly affordable and durable. On average, asphalt shingles have a lifespan of around 20 to 30 years.
While surprising to learn, wood shingles are also an option to consider if you want a natural look that will stand the test of time. With proper maintenance, wood shingles can last between 30 and 50 years.
Also, slate shingles are becoming popular options for homeowners. Slate is one of the most durable shingles, since the material the natural stone-like material is resistant to rot, water damage, and discoloration. Due to the benefits, slate roofing shingles can be costly when compared to asphalt or wood, so be prepared to make a larger investment.
When it comes time to your roofing, you must understand your options. By learning the truth behind these myths, you will be prepared for your roof repair.