Myth vs Fact: Roofing


How many times have you gone up to the roof to replace shingles or flashing? Chances are not many or only on a select few occasions. Roofing is not always common knowledge and there are many myths that can confuse the everyday person.

Myth: Installation of a New Roof Can Be Done Over an Existing One
Fact: While it is true that you can re-roof your home, this isn’t always the best option. Yes, re-roofing will provide you with new protection for your home, but replacement is always recommended. If your roof needs new shingles, it is always smart to rip them up and check the structure underneath. Sometimes the structure of the roof will need repairs before more shingles can be installed.

Myth: The Flashing Doesn’t Need to Be Replaced
Fact: During an inspection, flashing can look just as good as it was the day it was installed. However, this doesn’t mean that it should be left to serve more years with a new roof. Flashing can become loose from its installation spot and won’t be able to do its job of protecting your roof from rainfall and moisture. As a rule of thumb, inspect your roof’s flashing at least twice per year and after harsh storms.

Myth: Gutters Aren’t a Part of the Roof
Fact: When people think of roofs they think of the shingles and plywood on top of the house. While this is correct, roof systems are also comprised of many different parts including a gutter system. Gutters are considered a part of the roof because their job is to direct rainfall and excess water away from the home to prevent flooding and leaks. It’s recommended that you replace your gutter system when you replace your roof to ensure that they work together seamlessly.

The more you know about your roof, the better decisions you can make when it comes time to replace or repair it. When you need your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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