Did you know that the roof of your house is one of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing or selling a home? When it comes to making an investment in your property, nothing makes more sense than investing in a new roof! The average cost for residential roofing ranges from $8-$30 per square foot and can last anywhere between 15-50 years. Today’s blog post will be discussing 8 common myths about residential roofs and why they are wrong:
Myth 1: I Don’t Need a New Roof Because It Still Looks ‘Good Enough’ to Me
Fact: Roofing requires regular maintenance and timely inspection in order for it to effectively last longer. It’s important to have a trusted expert look at your roof from time to time so they can give you advice about what needs to be repaired/replaced or if there is no need for replacement just yet. The color of your roof does not determine its condition. In fact, the only thing that tells the condition of your roof is its age and how often you have been maintaining it.
Myth 2: All Roofs Are Made from Asphalt Shingles
Fact: There are a number of different types of materials that your roof can be made from. The most common types of materials are asphalt shingles, metal roofs (red-clay), cedar shake roofs, slate, and clay tile. Not all materials will fit your budget or needs, so make sure to do some research before you decide on what material is best for you!
Myth 3: If My Roof Is Old, It’s Bound to Leak Eventually
Fact: Leaks in a roof happen when specific parts of it get old or damaged. If leaks continue to come up after repair work has been done, there could be more serious issues with the structure of your home that need to be fixed too. Don’t assume a leaky roof needs replacement just because it is old.
Myth 4: If I Re-Roof Now, My Home Value Will Increase Significantly
Fact: The value of your house won’t necessarily increase just because you have a new roof on it! In order to really know if the investment you made with installing a new roof was worth it, there are 2 factors that need to be considered: 1) Your state’s property tax laws and 2) What type of loan your house has (if any).
Myth 5: a Traditional Lease Agreement Means Higher Monthly Payments for Me as a Homeowner
Fact: It is true that a typical 10-year traditional type lease can result in high payments throughout the duration of the lease, but there are other residential roofing options that can fit your budget needs just as well. A lease agreement is advantageous if you want to protect yourself from high repair costs or plan to move out within the duration of the lease.
Myth 6: Your Shingles Could Be Blown Off Your Roof by Hurricane-Strength Winds
Fact: This is false! If your home’s structure or foundation is sound (no weak walls or floors), then your shingles are safe even in the wake of a storm. A well-built home will not lose its shingles in this type of weather, but it can still experience damage to the siding and gutters.
Myth 7: I Just Need to Replace My Shingles in Order to Fix My Roof
Fact: It’s important not to neglect the bigger issues when trying to solve your roofing problems, but it is equally important that you understand why your roofing components need replacement in the first place! Shakes and shingles are much easier to repair than say, metal sheets or clay tiles. Replacing only parts of your roof will result in more work for you later down the line because something else will eventually wear out too.
Myth 8: I Can Always Replace My Roof When It Starts to Affect the Interior of My Home
Fact: There are some ways that a deteriorating roof can impact your home, but waiting until something major happens isn’t the best response. The only way to prevent damage from leaking roofs is to get repairs done right away!
Taking care of small problems before they become big ones will save you money in the long run and keep your family safe. Remember, there are 8 common myths about residential roofing that you must know. If you have any questions about the information posted here today, feel free to leave a comment below!