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Arvada Roofing Company: Roof Construction Misconceptions


December 21, 2020

If someone searches hard enough, it’s likely they could find another individual, group, publication, or even media outlet to back up their thoughts on any particular subject. The internet has been a blessing but may also be considered a curse in this regard. With limited censorship, the ability to post something which may be viewed by hundreds, or even thousands, of people at the click of a button is a technological advancement that both benefits and hinders individuals across the globe.

From something as controversial as political views and opinions to even the roof above your head, the amount of misinformation and falsehoods which exist are simply astonishing. While we’ll leave the former to expert analysts and others to debate, the latter should be debunked in order to ensure that you maintain a safe and secure environment for yourself and those with whom you reside. Understanding that the roof is a very important part of your house is an important first step in this process. Obviously, homeowners understand that their roof plays a vital role in protecting themselves and belongings, but many unfortunately do not give it the care and consideration it deserves. In fact, there have been quite a few rumors surface over time about best roof practices and although many have been disproven, their propensity for popping up in casual conversation still exists. 

Double Up On Roof Installation

Completing roof repair by simply placing new shingles over existing ones is a practice some still use today. Although this may appear to be providing double the protection, or covering an area prone to leaking, it simply is not the best possible method for completing a repair. Some companies may try to “sell” you on replacement layers being a cheaper alternative than removing a portion of the roof and adding new shingles, but this is not a proper fix to your issue.

Any repair work is simply going to be a patch to help prolong the life of an existing surface, but by removing the shingles to the decking and starting fresh, it offers the best possible solution. Every roof will need to be replaced eventually, so don’t opt for a quick fix or unfit practice, when making a decision. Consider the age or your structure, necessary repairs, cost, and all factors prior to determining what the best route is for your roof.

Metal Prevents Ice Dam Formation

Knowing how to prevent and remove ice dams is an important concept for individuals who deal with snow and freezing temperatures during the winter months. For some time the notion that installing a metal roof will eliminate this hazardous issue has been tossed around but this simply isn’t the case. Dams occur when the eaves of a home are cooler than the surface and ice forms, clogging the path for melting snow to escape. The problem may cause roof damage, leaking, and other complications but the real culprit is ventilation and insulation. Ensuring that your roof, regardless of construction materials, maintains appropriate air flow around and underneath will assist in preventing ice dam formation.

New Roof - Forget About It

The lifespan of a new roof is typically two to three decades depending on a variety of factors. Weather exposure from the sun, rain, snow, storms, high winds, hail, and plenty of other variables all play a factor in a roof’s life expectancy. In addition, surrounding trees could also pose potential threats to a roof with shade patterns, falling limbs, leaves, or continual contact. The bottom line is homeowners cannot simply install a new roof and leave it unchecked for 10-plus years. Routine professional inspections, especially following a weather event which had the potential to cause damage, are important in prolonging the life of a roof while keeping yourself, family, and belongings safe.

No Leakage, No Problem

Far too many people believe if their roof isn’t leaking then no problems exist. Yes, a leaky roof is undoubtedly serious, but there are many other problems which may also arise and need repair. Hail and other weather events can cause damage to the integrity of a roof which may develop into a leak down the line. Damaged shingles, mold, rusty gutters and other signs that don’t include water penetrating into the home also need to be addressed before a problem becomes too disastrous. 

Roof Repairs Will Be Expensive

There is no question installing a roof, be it a new construction or replacement, is a considerable investment. However, routine inspections and repair work once any problem is detected can help to save money in the long run. Not every complication will require a complete replacement but all variables need to be addressed when determining the best course of action for your home. 

Shingle Color Influences Energy Costs

Science tells us dark colors absorb more heat than lighter hues but does this have an impact on the energy costs of a home? On the surface, one may think installing dark shingles would cause a home to become harder to cool but potentially warmer in the winter - or vice versa with a lighter tone. While not completely false, advances in technology, insulation, construction methods, and other factors have made this less likely. A properly insulated home will heat and cool within a normal range regardless of the shingle color selected.

Timing Is Everything

Some homeowners fear their home will go unprotected, be vulnerable to damage, or suffer extraordinary heating/cooling costs during a roof replacement. For this reason, they may delay initiating installation based on weather, temperatures, and other factors. However, most roofs can be replaced within one to three work days. Provided heavy rains or thunderstorms are not in the upcoming forecast, your home should be under a new protective barrier in no time.

Access Equals Damage

There seems to be a generation of individuals who believe that any contact a roof has with a foreign object causes structural damage. Yes, any blunt force has the potential to break shingles or worse, but carefully walking around in order to clean gutters or perform an inspection shouldn’t cause a problem.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof, gutters, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any gutter construction, roofing job, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!