A roof is not usually something that homeowners think about until the need for repair or replacement comes up. Roofs are generally regarded as mundane topics of discussion, and few people delve into a detailed investigation of all things related to roofs unless they have upcoming work scheduled.
Surprisingly, there are some little-known facts about your roof that you should know as you schedule your next repair, ones that could affect materials choices and other aspects of work. Quite a few people have misconceptions about their roofs and learning more about the process of construction and repair can save you valuable time and money in the long run. Read on to know how these little-known facts can serve you well in the future:
Your geographic location determines the type of roof you should have. If you were to travel about, you’d notice that certain types of roofs are common in certain areas. Clay and concrete tile roofs are often used in hot and humid climates, while shakes are more common in the Pacific Northwest and New England. Asphalt shingles are an excellent go-to for all areas of the U.S. Quite often, this has little to do with popularity, but the science of roof installation and energy saving needs in different parts of the country. Materials used can help you better protect your home against the elements and provide shelter and shade for those you care about most.
A flat roof isn’t perfectly flat. A flat roof may seem flat in comparison to those with a steeper grade, but the fact is that you must have some slight incline for water and precipitation to drain efficiently. Standing on a “flat” roof, you might not notice the pitch, but there is generally a ¼-inch to ½-inch grade to allow water to drain safely away from the interior and exterior structures of your home.
There’s much more to a roofline than shingles and tile. A successful roof comprises several layers of protection that add strength and durability. Items like the deck, the moisture barrier, flashings, gutters, and downspouts all contribute to the efficiency of a system designed to protect your home against the elements.
Replacement involves removal--every single time. Putting a new roof over a faulty existing roof is dangerous business; decay and debris can quickly spread to new materials, causing additional issues underneath the surface that can compromise the safety and integrity of your home. Additionally, the extra weight on your roof causes excess stress on your walls and even your foundation. While it may cost more upfront to remove and dispose of old materials, it will potentially save you plenty of coin in repair and replacement costs down the road.
A roof should not be a DIY project. Unless you are a trained and certified contractor, consider your roof off-limits as far as your involvement is concerned. Roof repair and installation is dangerous business, and they must meet strict safety and efficacy guidelines to be considered safe for your home. Enlist the help of a licensed roofing contractor to help you with this very important job.
A roof needs to be vented properly to avoid damage to your home. Stagnant air can quickly cause damage to the interior and the exterior of your home; a roof that is well vented provides proper airflow in and around it, keeping temperatures regulated and moisture levels down. Again, unless you have extensive knowledge of roof construction, repair and replacement, do not attempt to set up a ventilation system on your own.
With proper care, your roof could last longer than the time spent in your home. While no aspect of your home will last forever, maintaining your roof properly will ensure that you will get some serious bang for your buck. It is not uncommon for a well-maintained and cared for roof to last twenty or more years; this may be longer than your time spent in your current home!
Is it time for a roof evaluation? Give Len’s Roofing a call!
Taking care of your roof will not only add value to your home, but it will also protect and preserve your investment for years to come. Let Len’s Roofing professionals help you maintain, repair, and replace your roof virtually worry-free; with proven professionalism, expertise, and a passion for customer satisfaction, we will make sure your roof and home are well attended to. Call us at 941-896-7897 to set an appointment. Visit our website at www.lensroofing.com.