While every aspect of your home’s exterior serves an important purpose, your roofing is, without a doubt, one of the most essential elements. Unfortunately, we here at Crown Builders have noticed a rise in misinformation about roofing that often leads well-meaning homeowners astray. We’re here to set the record straight and debunk a few of the most prevalent roofing myths we’ve heard.
Myth: You must replace your roofing every 20 years.
Fact: The lifespan of your roofing will depend on numerous factors, not least among them the type of material it’s made from and how often you invest in maintenance. For example, metal roofing often lasts upwards of 30 to 50 years when properly cared for. The best way to know when it’s time for a roof replacement is to hire a roofing inspector.
Myth: All roofing materials are basically the same.
Fact: Roofing can be made from all kinds of materials, and each of them comes with distinct pros and cons. For example, cedar shake roofing is extremely durable but has a higher initial cost and requires a bit more maintenance than asphalt shingle roofing. Metal roofing can last decades longer than other options, but some find it noisy in inclement weather. Talk with your roofer to weigh your options and get more information before deciding on a particular roofing material.
Myth: You should only be worried about roof damage if you notice it is leaking.
Fact: There are many other signs that indicate your roofing is damaged. Granules in the gutters, sagging areas, and missing shingles are all major red flags that indicate you need immediate roof repairs.
Myth: You don’t need to schedule maintenance for a new roof.
Fact: The best way to keep your new roofing in good condition is to invest in proper care from the very beginning. Schedule regular inspections and maintenance to identify problems early and save yourself from costly repairs down the line.