Squashing Common Roofing Myths

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In this day and age, there are certain pieces of roofing advice that are bad news for homeowners. While the information may sound great, or even be shared by some contractors, it can lead to a range of problems and incorrect choices. Squashing these common myths can allow you to have the right information to make the best choices when it comes to your roof.

You Can Roof OVER Your Old Roof

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should, and this statement applies to layering two or more roofs on top of each other.

Unfortunately, this advice is usually recommended by sub-par contractors looking to get the project done quickly for a cheap buck. This “quick fix” never leads to real results. Instead, you are placing a new roof on top of an old, damaged, and decaying one, which can lead to excessive wear and tear of the newer materials as well as a shortened product lifespan.

Dark Shingles = High Energy Bills

We have all heard the saying that dark fabric absorbs heat so we should wear lighter colors during the summer. Yet this myth does not apply to roofing materials. The extra heat absorption of dark shingles will not affect the home’s temperature. With proper insulation and ventilation, these factors help mitigate any heat. So if you like dark shingles, go ahead and get them for your home.

Asphalt Shingles Are All the Same

Some people think that all asphalt shingles are the same. They believe that shingles are unappealing as they get the same ones for their roofing projects. However, shingle manufacturers have come a long way in providing numerous shapes and colors. They even allow shingles to be customizable to fit your preferences.

Only Extensive Issues Require Professional Attention

People believe that only the big problems require contractors as they can handle the smaller stuff. Unfortunately, this myth leads to people taking on dangerous DIY solutions that can lead to creating mistakes. These mistakes may cause small damage that can have a snowball effect on the interconnect infrastructure of the roofing system, leading to much bigger, and costlier, repairs.

Do not let these myths cause you to damage your roof. Brandstetter’s KangaRoof offers safe and effective roofing contracting services. Call our representative today to learn more.