Common Roofing Myths and Misconceptions

Home ownership can have many unexpected twists and turns, especially for those who are embarking on their very first property. From mortgage budgets to lawn maintenance and everything in between the four walls of a home, there are going to be many learning opportunities as time passes. However, all of the key components of a home arent necessarily located within the property, as both the roof and foundation are essential to any building’s existence. Understanding the importance of these two areas and knowing how to manage their structural integrity as each endures years of Mother Natures elements is critical to helping stay away from any unsuspected surprises.

The average home maintenance costs across America varies considerably and is obviously going to be based on the home size, location, materials, etc. but there are few different planning ideas for these costs. Depending on each individual approach, homeowners can help budget for any unexpected events during their tenure. When searching for a property, one of the most often asked questions is in regards to the roof but far too many times this is also the last mention of such a vital component of the home. Understanding the importance of this structural building block and how to differentiate between fact and fiction when addressing any issues can be difficult to navigate. Fortunately, there are answers out there for many of the most common misconceptions regarding a roof and its surroundings.

Only Leaks Are Issues

One of the most common errors individuals make when thinking about their roof is that the absence of a leak indicates all is well. Often, this isn’t the case and when signs of a leak do appear it usually is the result of some far more extensive damage. If a potential breach or issue can be located and addressed prior to water finding its way into your home then this can save you considerable time, money, and be less of a headache overall. Should signs of interior water damage be found, even locating the leak can be another problem for homeowners. People often believe that wherever water is located a leak occurs directly above, but this is proved false more often than not. Water flows freely and coupled with gravity may be making its way around the structural components of an attic before showing up on the ceiling.

Dark Roof = Increased Power Bill

When in the market for a piece of real estate, there are those who believe homes with a dark roof will equal a high power bill. The thought originates from dark colors attracting and holding onto heat but evolutions in technology, manufacturing, and construction have all led to improved performances from roofing materials regardless of their color. In fact, the opposite may even be true as a dark roof can aid in the winter months with melting and potentially keeping ice dams from forming provided the surface is receiving proper ventilation.

Inspections Are Voluntary

Annual inspections should be taking place regularly but many forego these routine surveys. Compare these check-ups with receiving a physical for your personal health each and every year. By completing professional inspections, homeowners can help avoid major issues and potentially take action ahead of a certain problem. Far too often people are only concerned about the overall age of a roof and dont think about the annual wear and tear a surface takes simply by existing. Monitoring these coverings on a consistent basis can help considerably.

Anybody Can Roof

If a problem does arise, believing it can be fixed by a do-it-yourself (DIY) project or your neighborhood handyperson can be a mistake. While both may be great at certain construction tasks, the critical nature of a roof and other varying components make trusting any repairs to a professional organization extremely important. Even when locating a company, remembering that references, insurance, and warranties play a huge role can be key to keeping your home protected or fixed in the best manner possible.

Cover-Ups Are Okay

If you have loose or missing shingles, believing they can simply be covered by new materials is an issue. Not only is this action simply masking the real problem, but it could also be causing even more damage to the structural integrity of a roof. Buildings are constructed to be rated for certain weights based on materials, pitch, location, etc., and adding anything new atop already existing coverings could increase the weight and cause a problem.

New Roof = 20 Years of Freedom

One belief is that a new roof equals at least two decades of worry free living. While this would be great, its unfortunately not true at all. Weather, especially when severe, can greatly impact the lifespan of a roof and it doesnt matter if the installation took place yesterday or fifteen years ago.

Outside Evaluations Are Comprehensive

While examining the roof from outside and atop a structure is important, a full review should also include the area underneath. Be it a furnished level of the home or an attic, getting a look at  the inside is one way to protect the integrity of a roof. If your inspection doesn’t include a thorough examination of these areas then individuals should seek to find a second opinion.

All Roof Work Is Expensive

Finally, one reason people often put off structural examinations is due to the misconception that all repairs and work associated with a roof come with an extensive price tag. This is untrue and the opposite could actually result in paying lower costs depending on the inspection results. By actively monitoring the health and safety of your roof, the potential for locating problems and getting ahead of any issues is far more likely. Taking action sooner, rather than later, can be helpful for all involved parties.

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 siding, gutter, or roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been installing vinyl siding, completing gutter and 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 existing siding materials, gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any siding, 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!

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