Residential Roofing Myths Exposed – What You Need to Know

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There are common roofing myths that you should be aware of.

Because not every homeowner has had to invest in a new roof while they’ve lived in their home, not everyone has gone through the process or is very well-versed in best practices for roofing.

After all, a properly installed roof with quality material does tend to last quite a while. Add to this that sometimes the worst information gets circulated by disreputable storm chaser companies and we find that we hear a few roofing myths get repeated over and over.

7 Common Residential Roofing Myths

Myth #1 – A new roof is a one-time investment.

A lot of people think a new roof is one and done. Put it up there and leave it alone. This is one of the roofing myths that could not be further from the truth. Of course, a roof is not like a garden that needs tending every day, but it’s also not going to last 30 years if you don’t have strategies to care for your roof that includes a maintenance program.

You should have your own maintenance routine. Additionally, you should also have a regular maintenance appointment with your local roofing contractor and inspector. Maintenance keeps your warranties in effect and it gives you a record of what has been done and when so you can make an insurance claim or sell your home with confidence.

Myth #2 – You can put a new roof over the old one.

There is so much confusion over this one. The reality is that if you don’t remove the old shingles, you can’t properly address any problems you might find in the roof decking. If there’s a problem and it’s not fixed, your new roof could be compromised. That 2nd layer could end of costing you money in the long run.

Myth #3 – Every roofing company is alike.

There are tons of gold-digging “roofing companies” out there looking to make a fast buck off of your insurance claims. Storm chasers will set up a temporary office and then leave town when they’ve done as much damage as possible. They won’t be available to fix their inevitably shoddy workmanship. Do your research and choose a company that has a local reputation.

Myth #4 – All roofing material is the same.

This is not true. There is a variety of roofing materials on the market. In addition, the standards within each type vary. The price of the shingles is not the first thing you should consider when choosing roofing material.

Myth #5 – The flashing can be left alone until a new roof is installed.

Again, nothing is further from the truth. Flashing is one of the most vulnerable points in a roof and should be inspected now and then. It needs to be installed and secured the right way if it’s going to be effective.

Myth #6 – Gutters don’t impact a roof.

If you’re thinking about gutters as being separate from your roofing system, think again. Clean and working gutters are crucial to keeping your roof healthy and long-lived. If you don’t tend to your gutters, you will ruin your roof in time. It is important to look for warning signs to determine if your gutters are performing properly.

Myth #7 – You can fix your own roof.

Unless you are a roofer and want to fix your own roof on your down time, this is not true. You can identify some problems yourself by looking for roof warning signs. This includes checking your attic and visually inspecting your roof and gutters from the ground.

However, most homeowners don’t have safety equipment or training to fix their own roofs. You might end up doing more damage to your roof, or yourself if you try to take matters into your own hands.


Hopefully, this article has dispelled some common roofing myths that tend to circulate. If you have questions, would like a consultation or need help, don’t hesitate to call Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. today!

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