Your roof is crucial to your home's structure, appeal, and value, but it also aids in protecting and comforting your family. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not place enough energy into educating themselves on their roof. Considering the installation of a new roof can cost between $4,816 and $9,406 depending on the size and materials used, proper understanding and regular maintenance is essential to protect the roof on your own home. By debunking a few common myths most homeowners believe, you will have a better understanding of your roof's construction, lifespan, and maintenance needs.
Damage Is Visible
If you see that your roof is missing a shingle, you know a repair is necessary. In addition, if you notice a wet spot on your ceiling inside your home, you most likely understand there is a leak in your roof that needs to be addressed. Most people believe damage to the roof is always noticeable, but that is not entirely true.
Unless you climb onto the roof for a thorough inspection, you will not be able to see small cracks or tears in the shingles. Moisture can quickly seep into your roof even through the smallest crack, increasing the risk of leaks, water damage, and dangerous mold growth.
Shingles with curled edges are also difficult to notice without being up close. The curling could occur from basic exposure to the elements over time. However, the problem may also be linked to excess moisture, which will become a serious problem if not repaired.
Pressure Washing Is Sufficient
Most homeowners believe a pressure washer is the best way to remove dirt, dust, grass clippings, and other residue from their home's exterior. While it does work in an efficient manner, too much water pressure can damage your roofing shingles.
An excessive amount of direct water pressure will force water under your shingles, causing them to crack, warp, or fall off. Also, water under your shingles can leak into your home, causing expensive water damage while creating an appealing spot for mold, mildew, and algae to grow.
You can use a pressure washer on your home's exterior siding and roof, but avoid using a model that offers a high PSI, or pounds per square inch, of water pressure. A light-duty pressure washer that offers no more than 2,000 PSI is sufficient for your cleaning needs.
Gutters Are Not Necessary
The overall design and type of shingles used to create your roof may be important factors, but your roof also needs a system of gutters. The importance of gutters may surprise some homeowners. Gutters not only move water away from your roof, but they are also important for funneling water away from your home's doors, windows, and foundation. Moisture can damage your home's siding, drywall, floors, and foundation while creating an appealing environment for pests and mold, mildew, and other unhealthy growth. Lastly, excessive water around your home can erode your lawn, reducing the look of your landscaping and causing cracks to develop in your walkways and driveway.
Although many homeowners believe gutters are solely cosmetic, they are essential for protecting your roof and home.
All Shingles Are the Same
One of the most common myths homeowners believe is that all shingles are the same. This is entirely not true, since each type of shingle offers its own benefits.
Due to their affordability and visual appeal, it is easy to see why asphalt shingles are the most common option for homes today. The average lifespan of a roof with asphalt shingles ranges from 20 to 40 years depending on installation quality and manufacturer. If you prefer the look of copper or steel, you may prefer a metal roof. The lifespan of a metal roof is an estimated 50 years, but the materials are more expensive. With so many different options, you should weight out your pros and cons when it comes to shingles.
Maintaining a home is challenging, but you must make your roof a priority. Contact a company like Odyssey Contracting to learn more about maintaining and repairing your roof as needed.