Roofing Myths You’ll Want to Know the Truth About
No matter which industry you’re talking about, there are myths that follow it around and confuse people.
It’s the same in the roofing industry, there is false information that is perpetuated, and unfortunately, homeowners base their decisions on some of this information.
So today I thought it might be a good idea to put an end to some of the myths that are out there about roofing.
Let’s begin by talking about some of the insulation myths:
Myth: Over time, roofing insulation becomes less effective.
Truth: Not all insulation is created equal…The effectiveness and longevity of insulation is measured by its R-value. The R-value is a way of measuring how well the insulation will resist heat. Insulations that have a high R-value will offer greater performance and longer life. Ask your roofing contractor to help you choose your insulation based on its R-value.
Myth: Insulation is a fire risk.
Truth: Again, not all insulation is created equal…While most insulation types are non-flammable, the one kind of insulation you need to carefully consider using is the spray foam. There are documented instances of this type of insulation spontaneously combusting.
Myth: Insulation can damage your roof.
Truth: Spray foam insulation can stick to your roof’s structure and can lead to damage.
Myth: The more insulation you use in your attic, the better.
Truth: After a certain amount of insulation is installed, adding more could block your roof’s ventilation, which has an extremely important function. Without proper ventilation moisture can get trapped in the attic which can lead to warping, mold and rotting.
Other roofing myths:
Myth: Asphalt shingles are all the same.
Truth: Because they are the same basic materials, does not mean they are the same. Many types are specifically engineered to resist rain, wind and mold, and have lifetime warranties. Ask your roofer to help you choose the right type for your home and locality.
Myth: Metal roofs attract lightening.
Truth: Metal roofs are typically safer than other roofs, because they are made from non-combustible materials.
Myth: You should replace the flashing when you replace your roof.
Truth: This is not necessarily so…flashing is separate from your roof, and just because your roof needs to be replaced, doesn’t mean your flashing does also. The flashing should be inspected at the time your new roof is being installed and the decision to replace, or not, can be made at that time.
Myth: Pressure washing your roof is totally safe for your shingles.
Truth: This is not true, especially when the pressure washer is in the hands of an ameteur. Pressure washing, if not done correctly, can shorten the life of your roof, by washing off the granules that are intended to be there, and it can also force water under the shingles resulting in mold or mildew growth.
If you have questions or concerns about your roof, give us a call…MasterCraft Roofing Services is here to serve you.
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