6 Common Residential Roofing Myths
Updated: May 11
Talk to an average person and they’ll undoubtedly share one of the many common roofing myths. Believing these roofing myths can be costly for a homeowner.
Today, I want to explain the six most common residential roofing myths and tell you how to avoid them.
6 common myths about roofs
1. Repairing my roof will be expensive
This is one of the most common and unfortunate misunderstandings for homeowners. Unfortunately, it prevents them from taking appropriate actions to protect their home and roof.
Many home roofing repairs can be performed quickly and affordably. An honest, experienced roofer is able to identify the issue and apply the appropriate fix at an affordable price. When it’s done in a timely manner it will save you money in the long run by preventing further damage and more costly repairs.
2. All asphalt shingles are the same
Yes, all asphalt shingles are made from similar materials. But there’s a wide range in quality. Whether you’re hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, it’s best to talk with a trusted roofing contractor about the different brands of shingles and the quality they provide.
3. It’s fine to install new shingles over the old ones
I’m often asked by homeowners whether they can roof over existing shingles. This question usually comes from a homeowner looking to save some money by reducing the workload required of a re-roof.
Laying new shingles over the existing shingles might sound like a good idea, but I assure you the cons outweigh the pros. In fact, there’s only one benefit to a shingle over: it’s cheaper in the short term. In the long run, it will cost you much more!
Your roof can only sustain a certain amount of pounds per square inch (PSI). Adding another layer of shingles adds a lot of unneeded weight to your roof that could potentially result in extensive structural damage such as a roof collapse. Additionally, a new layer of shingles can’t prevent moisture from getting inside your roof which leads to further damage.
To learn more about the dangers of laying new shingles over old, read our blog post Can You Roof Over Existing Shingles?
4. A roof doesn’t need to be replaced unless it leaks
Not all roofing problems are easily detected like a leak. An untrained eye is unable to see less obvious problems. Water can cause problems in your home’s roofing system before it becomes a leak.
A professional roofer knows how to inspect your roof and uncover potential problems that can be fixed before they turn into costly repairs.
5. Dark-colored shingles result in higher energy bills
It’s true that darker shingles absorb more heat on sunny days. However, it usually doesn’t result in higher energy costs.
Your attic has a layer of insulation and is vented which results in the reduction of heat from transferring from the roof into your home. So you can rest comfortably knowing you can choose whatever color of shingles you prefer.
6. You should always remove snow from your roof
In most situations, you don’t need to remove the snow from your roof. However, there are certain times when you should.
If you’ve determined you must remove the snow from your roof, then don’t do it yourself. It’s dangerous and you can easily damage shingles. Instead, call a professional to safely remove the snow for you. A professional snow removal contractor uses special tools to protect themself and your roof.
Read our blog post, How to Know if You Should Remove Snow From Your Roof, to learn how to determine whether you should have the snow removed from your roof.
The best way to avoid costly residential roof repairs is to speak with a trusted roofing contractor. Whenever you have questions about your roof, contact JB Roofing for a free assessment at 515-554-1964. When you work with us you can be certain you’ll get a fair price and the most honest, accurate recommendation.