January 27, 2023
If you’re looking to hire residential or commercial roofing contractors to overhaul or replace your roof, you should know a bit about what you’re getting into. Proper contractors will do their best to educate a customer, but there are also a lot of less-scrupulous contractors who look to take advantage of people.
Five Important Facts About Roofs & Roof Installation
1 – Roofs can be eco-friendly!
If you’re concerned about ‘going green,’ there are numerous options for reducing your carbon impact. For example, wooden tiles can be sourced from sustainable forests. Or look for recycled asphalt shingles, which have far lower impact than new asphalt.
2 – “Flat” roofs aren’t flat
This is an easy misconception, given the name. “Flat” roofs can’t actually be 100% flat, or else they’d turn into swimming pools after the first rainstorm. They’ll always have a bit of an angle to them, even if it’s only a couple degrees, to allow for runoff.
This can sometimes impact people’s plans if they intend to turn their roofs into usable space.
3 – Keeping your roof clean improves its lifespan
Don’t neglect your roof once it’s in place! Allowing a lot of dirt and debris to build up on a roof will cause ongoing damage, and that can wear it out more quickly over time. This is particularly true for residential tile-based roofs, such as those with asphalt shingles or wood shake. If there’s a lot of junk up there, it’s going to crack the shingles or knock them loose.
4 – Patching roof holes is only a temporary solution
Sometimes we see property-owners attempt to patch over holes in their roof, such as by placing a tarp over the problem area. While this will work as an emergency stopgap, it is not a permanent solution. You need to call in qualified roofers to make real repairs.
5 – DIY roof installation is not a good idea
Even for the most basic single-story home, roof installation is a surprisingly dangerous job. Falls are one of the most common causes of injury and death, even among experienced contractors. The risk, not to mention the difficulty, means it’s just not worth trying to do yourself.