Common Roofing Myths

When it comes to the roof of a house there are many misconceptions. Therefore, it is always important to talk to a professional roofer when you have questions. It is also best to let the professionals take care of most if not all the repair work. Here are some of the top myths when it comes to roofing.

1. Metal Roofs are More Likely to be Struck by Lightning

Many people assume that since metal attracts lightning then a metal roof is more likely to get struck then other materials. However, just because you have a metal roof does not mean your house will be struck by lightning. First, lightning tends to strike the highest point in an area. Since most houses are lower than surrounding trees the tree is more likely to be hit by the lightning strike. Second, metal roofs help to take the lightning strike and safely help it travel to the ground if it is hit. A metal roof is no more likely to be struck over other materials, but it can prove to be safer if it is hit.

2. If Your Roof Is Not Leaking it is in Tip Top Shape

Leaks are one of the most tell-tale signs that a roof has a problem; however, they are not the only one. Just because your roof is not leaking does not mean it is healthy. You should also check your roof for issues such as moss or mold and missing shingles. Regular roof inspections (either by you or a professional) are the best way to make sure your roof is how it should be.

3. Metal Roofs Rust

It is common knowledge that when metal is exposed to the elements in nature such as rain then it will rust. This causes many people to assume that a metal roof will also rust. To make sure a metal roof does not rust, roofers will apply various coatings. This helps to seal in the roof and make sure there is no rust.

4. New Roofs Don’t Need Inspections 

Most people will assume that since they just had a new roof put on their house they do not need to worry about any issues for a while. New roofs are less likely to have problems over old roofs, but this does not mean it does not happen. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on any roof because issues can arise at any time. Especially when there has been severe weather or if you have tree branches overhead your new roof may not stay brand new for too long.

5. If I Use Black Shingles Instead of Tan Shingles My House Will Be Hotter

Black shingles on a roof instead of very light colored ones can cause the attic space to rise a few degrees; however, insulation is the main cause for temperature in a house. Also, just because an attic is hotter does not mean the actual living space in the house reflects this heat. When choosing a shingle color, it is more important to choose what looks best on the house than to worry about whether it will make the house hotter.

Roofers hear myths such as these 5 all the time. Just because you read something on the internet does not mean it is fact. When in doubt it is always best to reach out to a local roofer for clarification.