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3 Common Roofing Myths Get the Facts

There are many common misconceptions when either purchasing, repairing, or replacing a roof. Here are three myths that are surprisingly false:

Myth #1: Flashing only needs to be replaced when a new roof is installed.
Flashing is a metal material that is meant to divert water away from roof openings such as vents and pipes. Sometimes it can outlast a roof, and sometimes it can fail and ruin a roof installation. Flashing should be checked around every six months to ensure there are no shingles or caulk that are in contact with it are damaged.

Myth #2: It’s ok to cover an existing layer of shingles with a new layer.
This is a very common misconception since building codes typically say it’s acceptable. However, it’s important to take into account the sheathing under the tiles. It can actually rot because of age, leaks, or other damages. The best way to make sure that this isn’t happening is to strip away old shingles before installing new ones.

Myth #3: Cool roofs are great in warm climates, but not in colder climates where absorption of heat from the sun helps to warm the building.
Believe it or not, cool roofing ends up saving you the most money in either climate because solar radiation in the summer is five times greater than the winter. Savings from cool roofs are more than those from black roofs, even with increased thickness of thermal insulation.

Have more questions about your roofing? Contact Arvada Roofing & Construction to make sure you have all the right information to solve your roofing problems today!

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