As your scour the internet for information on roofs, you’ll come across a lot of information — but what’s true and what’s not? Avoid scaring yourself by not believing everything you read about roofs. Here are a few spooky roofing myths that we’ve debunked for you so you can lower your heart rate and relax.
Myth #1: Roofs Last a Lifetime
Spoiler Alert: There is an afterlife for roofs. Depending on the materials used, roofs can last anywhere from 15 to 50 years. Unfortunately, if you aren’t the type to provide your roof with routine maintenance and inspections, its lifespan will shorten dramatically. Your roof AND hard earned money will both wind up in the graveyard.
Myth #2: Check Your Roof Annually
Inspecting your roof for damage shouldn’t be a once per year thing (like Halloween). Ideally, a homeowner should perform a visual inspection once per season and after harsh storms. However, an annual inspection should be completed by a professional roofer. Otherwise, your home will be susceptible to leaks, heat loss, and a shortened lifespan.
Myth #3: Gutters Don’t Affect the Roof
Yes, a gutter system is meant to prevent flooding on your property. However, it’s also designed to properly collect and remove rainwater from the roof. If your current gutter system is damaged or clogged with leaves, the water will begin to pool and flood the edges of your roof. This will cause roof leaks, water damage, rot, and mold — all of which are unnecessary expenses you can avoid with a properly installed and maintained gutter system.
There are a lot of myths surrounding roofs — and it’s important for you to know what’s real and what’s a “ghost” of information. When your roof needs repair or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.