Myths Uncovered About Roofs

Roofs and roof installation are subject to all kinds of misinformation and myths. Here we uncover some of the myths about roofs and the issues that can affect them.

1. Metal roofs allow more heat to escape from your house in winter.

Since it’s the home’s insulation that affects energy efficiency—not the roof—this myth is officially debunked. Adding attic insulation is one of the best ways to prevent heat loss.

2. You don’t have to worry about a few missing shingles.

Even one missing shingle can spell trouble for your home. Water from rain or snow can infiltrate the interior of the house via the spot of the missing shingle. If you see a missing shingle, get it replaced as soon as you can.

3. You don’t need a new roof unless the current one looks bad.

This is not true at all. Asphalt shingle roofs that have had their protective coating worn off from the sun’s rays can still look fine to the average person. But once that protective coating is gone, your roof is no longer water resistant. It’s better to have a roofing professional analyze the condition of your roof up close than to try to go on appearances from the ground.

4. Only old cottages in places like Ireland and Scotland have green roofs.

More people and businesses across the nation are having green roofs installed in an effort to help the environment. Chicago alone has about 7 million feet of green roofs across its metropolis!

We hope you enjoyed this fun look into debunking some of the myths that we often hear about roofs. However, if you’re interested in re-roofing, repair, or maintenance, give the Albuquerque roofing experts at Whitlock Construction a call today!