Every homeowner needs a roof over their head. Luckily, you don't need to know how to install or even repair that roof yourself, as a roofing contractor can do that for you. However, it is important to know the basics, and it's also important that you don't let common misconceptions steer you wrong when it comes to your roof.
Misconception: You Don't Need a New Roof Unit Yours Starts Leaking
Many homeowners look at leaks as the benchmark for determining when they need a new roof. But by the time your roof is leaking, it has generally been in poor condition for a while. If you wait for a leak, you will also be stuck repairing water-damaged rafters, attic materials, and other elements. It is therefore a better idea to replace your roof before leaks begin. Look instead for these earlier signs that you need a new roof:
- Your shingles are losing granules.
- Your shingles have begun to crack, peel, and chip away.
- Your flashing is peeling and rusted.
Misconception: You Can Only Have Your Roof Replaced in the Summer
If summer has passed, you might assume you've missed out on the chance to have your roof replaced and that you have to wait until next year. It is true that roofers prefer to work when it's warm and dry outside, but they can replace roofs in the fall and even into the winter. They'll just have to wait for clear days and tarp the roof as needed to keep things dry. If you need a new roof, don't wait because of the weather.
Misconception: Re-roofing on Top of the Existing Roof Is the Best Way to Save Money
It used to be more common for roofers to just put a new layer of shingles on top of the old one. This was touted as a good way to save money since you did not have to pay to have the old roof torn off. However, it's important to realize that the savings associated with this approach are short-term. In the long run, you are usually better off having the old roof removed. Putting a new roof on top of the old one will decrease the life expectancy of your roof and leave more work for the roofers to do next time. You're better off paying for the tear-off.
Now you know the truth behind these misconceptions. For more information about roofing problems, contact local roofing contractors.