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It’s the home’s first level of protection–against sunlight, rain, snow and wind–but the last thing a homeowner usually thinks about.
In their lifetimes, homeowners might purchase just one new roof. Making poor decisions on such an important protective barrier can lead to moisture problems, either inside walls or above ceilings, and structural damage. With that in mind, here are five myths about roofing that every homeowner should understand.
MYTH 1: It’s OK to cover an existing layer of shingles with a new layer.
Don’t do it, even though many building codes say it’s acceptable. Think of shingles as the skin of an apple. Ever bite into that bright red skin only to get a mouthful of a soft, bruised, mushy interior?
Underneath shingles is a layer of wood sheathing, usually plywood. Sheathing can rot because of leaks, inadequate attic ventilation or just age. The best way to inspect this critical layer is to strip away the old shingles.
MYTH 2: All asphalt shingles are basically the same.
Today’s laminated and fiberglass-reinforced products are better than ever. Shingles are rated for durability–some are warranted to last 50 years–and wind resistance (up to 110 mph). Manufacturers, such as CertainTeed, offer limited lifetime warranties.
And, boy, are there choices. Some shingles are made to combat specific problems. For example, in humid areas, some roofs, over time, show a black mold. Algae-resistant shingles contain imbedded granules of zinc and copper, which, when mixed with roof water, are natural algaecides. Other shingles are manufactured to look like wood shakes or slate tiles.
MYTH 3: Flashing needs to be replaced only when a new roof is being installed.
Flashing, the metal material fabricated to divert water away from vents, pipes and other roof openings, including chimneys, is its own, separate animal. It can lay in place for years and can protect even longer than other components of the roof. Or it can fail in months and otherwise ruin a perfectly sound roofing installation.
As a rule, flashing should be checked every six months. A visual inspection can be made with binoculars. Look for dried caulking or sealant, cracked or broken flashing pieces and damaged shingles in contact with the flashing. If a visual inspection turns up potential problems, have a roofing contractor climb the ladder for a better look or to make repairs.
MYTH 4: Gutters are separate from the roofing system.
Roofs are designed to divert water from the structure. The gutters are the final piece of the process; they prevent water from dripping down exterior walls and move it from the foundation. It’s why many roofing installations can include new gutters and downspouts.
At the very least, clean gutters of debris, sediment and leaves regularly. Repairing damaged runs might be as easy as tapping in a few gutter spikes with a hammer or reattaching downspouts with a riveting tool. Clogged and sagging gutters can cause leaks behind exterior walls and contribute to ice-damming. Over an extended period, a faulty gutter system can rot away fascia boards, soffits and the sheathing at the roof’s edge. source: chicagotribune.com
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