Friday, March 1st, 2019 by Robert Stiltner
Roofing (Just the facts Maam)!
1. Fact: some roof types just work better in certain regions and climates.
Water tends to pool more easily on a flat roof, which means this type of roofing system might be best in a drier, less rainy climate.
2. Fact Flat roofs are not flat!( you don’t say)!
Don’t be fooled by the name. Flat roofs are not entirely flat. They have a slight slope of at least ¼ inch per foot.
3. Fact A roof is a lot more than shingles and wood.
A good roof system has no fewer than seven necessary components. There’s the roof decking, which must support all the weight of the roofing system. Next comes the ice or water barrier to help prevent damage if ice damming occurs. A roof also needs a waterproof or water-resistant underlayment that will protect the deck directly from moisture creeping in. Then there’s the metal flashing, which ensures the water runs off the edges, and a drip edge, which has a similar function. Finally, a roof has to have shingles. And don’t forget the ventilation system–the soffits, eaves and vents which allow air to circulate.
4. Fact do not Cover and Existing Roof Repeat do not!
While it may seem like an inexpensive, quick fix to a roofing problem, double-layered roofs can cover up big roofing issues that need to be addressed. In addition, a double-layered roof adds weight and just hides the corroding material, allowing the problem to get worse. If previous roofing materials were installed over the top of your existing roof, you should replace the entire roof as soon as possible.
5. Fact you cannot just piecemeal roof
Yes, it seems to run counter to what all the DIY programs tell you. The true roofing fact is, a roof is a complex system of layers that require proper installation from skilled professionals with the right training and tools to ensure it all works together correctly. Going the DIY route can result in damage to your attic, walls, wood frame, and even electrical systems.
6. Fact Roofs breathe, In and Out
As funny as it may sound, a roof needs air. Roof ventilation, ie: the flow of air on the underside of a roof deck, is one of the most critical aspects of the whole roof system. Roof ventilation allows warm, moist air to escape and cooler, drier air to come into the attic. Without ventilation, condensation is going to build up in your attic, which can damage walls, wood and insulation.
7. Fact. A roof can be good for the environment.
Environmentally friendly or “cool roofs” reflect infrared and ultraviolet rays from the sun away from the building and have a higher thermal emittance, or ability to efficiently emit radiation. According to the EPA, cool roofs not only help homeowners conserve energy, but they reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well by mitigating the heat radiated into the atmosphere.
8. Fact Professional roofing cleaning companies are a thing.
9. Fact Never look a gift roof in the shingles.
A new roof can be a major selling point when you go to sell your home. Conversely, a roof with leaks, missing or damaged shingles, or other visible signs of disrepair can send a potential buyer running. The last thing a new homeowner wants to do is spend money on a costly roof replacement. It’s far better to replace your roof before you sell your home.
10. Fact My roof will last forever and ever.
Almost, but not quite. The typical lifespan of a roof really depends on the materials and installation. A simple, 3-tab shingle roof may be warranted for 20 to 25 years. Shake style shingles can be warranted for up to 50 years.