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5 Residential Roofing Myths You Need to Know

19th Apr 2018

You already know that your residential roof is your first line of defense against environmental elements here in Northeast Ohio, and protecting it is important.  Maintenance, repair, and eventual replacement of your roof are all important for you to understand, yet so many myths exist regarding your roof, you may be confused on what you truly need to look for.  Here are 5 residential roofing myths that you need to know:

  • The amount of insulation needed in your attic is often misunderstood. More insulation is not better, in fact, you might be surprised by the amount needed.  The truth is that too much insulation in your attic can cause damage to your roof.  It can block ventilation, leading to excess moisture, which can cause warping and wood rot.
  • There is an old myth that you can just install a new roof over the old and there is no harm. The truth is that without removing the old roofing, you will not be able to see the wood sheathing, therefore, will not be able to inspect for problems.  It is best to remove the old materials before installing the new.
  • Many believe that your roof and your gutters are two separate systems. While in part this is true, the truth is they work together.  If you have a gutter system that is not working properly, it can cause drainage issues with your roof, again causing wood rot.  Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
  • Contrary to popular belief, shingles are not all the same. With today’s technology, there are many varieties, each providing different durability, reflection, and warranties.  Make sure you choose the shingles that will work best for your roof and situation.
  • Flashing is one of the most difficult areas of roofing for homeowners to understand. While you may not need to replace flashing when you have your roof replaced, it is important to make sure you have it inspected for problems regularly.

There are many myths surrounding residential roof replacement in Northeast Ohio, however, know that you understand the 5 most common myths, you can make informed decisions surrounding your residential roof.