The Truth Behind Roofing Myths
A strong knowledge of roofing and roofing materials is not a commonly found trait. Roofing is a complex task that requires specialist knowledge to complete the job effectively and successfully.
Many homeowners turn to the internet when the time comes to replace their roof, searching online for tips such as the best materials to use. However, there are a lot of myths in circulation about roofing and they can cause you a lot of trouble down the line. It’s safest to trust roofing advice from professional, certified roofers only to ensure that you’re given the correct information and expert advice.
We’re going to set the record straight on a few of those myths here.
You Can Pressure Wash a Roof to Clean Discoloration
Pressure washers are simply too powerful for use on rooftops. They may seem like a great solution to the discoloration appearing on your roof, but using a pressure washer will cause more harm than good when your shingles and underlayment become damaged from the pressure.
Additionally, using a pressure washer to clean your roof will void your warranty. Regular maintenance of your roof can prevent discoloration and extend the lifespan of your roof. If there is a lot of discoloration on your roof and you’d like to resolve the issue, the only effective method to do so is to replace the entire roof. It’s good to consult with a trusted roofing professional to determine the best course of action.
It’s Easy to do DIY Roof Repair
It may seem easy enough to climb a ladder and hammer some nails into the shingles, but there are many complexities to roof repair that must be considered in order to avoid further damages and expenses.
Simply getting on the roof can prove a difficult task and there’s always a risk you could fall. Walking across a roof can cause damage to the materials, such as a crack in one or multiple shingles. This can progress into a roof leak and result in greater repair expenses.
The insurance policy for your roof will have stipulations that you must adhere to, such as the condition of the materials used. Home insurance companies can be very strict about their policies and will refuse a claim if standards are not met. That’s why it’s better to call a professional roofer when you need damage repair.
It’s Fine to Install New Shingles Over the Old Ones
It’s a common money-saving myth that you can install new shingles on top of the old ones to save time and money removing them. Some even believe that the old shingles underneath provide an extra layer of protection, which is simply not true. In fact, the opposite is true – leaving your old shingles on the roof when you install new ones can lead to severe damage and costly repairs.
Each roof is designed to withstand only a certain amount of weight per square inch, so layering shingles on top of shingles is going to increase the weight and potentially lead to structural damage.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a roofing job, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at DeLaurier Roofing.