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WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS HOMEOWNERS HAVE ABOUT THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD?
The biggest misconception that most homeowners don’t realize is that their roof does require maintenance. The HVAC and water heater collars need to be maintained to ensure watertight integrity and any exposed nail heads need to be sealed at certain flashing points. In addition, the roof needs to be kept clear of debris, as standing leaf and pine needles will get lodged underneath the shingle. The standing leaves and pine needles retain water, and consequently over time, the shingle will acquire water underneath it and damage the integrity of the roof. For these reasons, roof maintenance and maintenance programs should be performed every 3-5 years. Homeowners that live in a heavily wooded area maintenance is recommended every year.
WHAT IS PROPER ROOF MAINTENANCE? UNLESS THERE ARE SEVERE STORMS, HOMEOWNERS AREN’T GOING TO WORRY ABOUT A NEW ROOF FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS.
A roof is like anything else. You have to maintain it just as you change the oil in your car. A roof should be inspected at least every three years. People in heavily wooded areas might have debris like pine needles collecting on their roof, which absorb water. You have to look at the caulking around the HVAC and water heater pipes. There are exposed nails and caulking around the flashing. These things don’t last as long as the roof itself. In those heavily wooded areas, you probably need an inspection every year to clear any debris. When we reseal shingles around the pipes, we paint the pipes too, making it all look new.
WHAT MAKES ONE ROOFING COMPANY DIFFERENT FROM ANOTHER?
We really try to educate homeowners on our products and how they are installed. Our warranties are backed by the manufacturer and are transferrable if the house is sold. Most roofers walk in and the biggest choice for the homeowner is the color. We let them know the components of our materials. We also inspect and remove the wood decking if it is rotted and paper that hold the shingles. Sometimes the wood is rotted.
WHAT ROLE DOES CLIMATE PLAY IN THE LIFESPAN OF A ROOF?
The hot, humid climate in Gulf states can make a roof deteriorate faster. But it’s a tradeoff. Roofs in the part of the country with more freezes and thaws can have a shorter life cycle as well. In Texas, the ultraviolet rays of the sun can break down the granules of the singles, which give the roof color and a good look, but also are a protective layer. On average, a roof should last an average of seventeen or eighteen years.
WHAT IS A HAIL-RESISTANT ROOF AND IS CAN ANY ROOF REALLY BE HAIL RESISTANT?
These are called Class-4 or Hail Impact Resistant roofs. They protect against hail of a certain size. They cost more but can reduce the rate of your homeowner’s insurance, the part that covers your roof. Your insurance company can calculate how big your discount will be depending on where you live and the frequency of hailstorms.
YOU INSTALL GUTTERS AND SIDING, TOO. DO GUTTERS HAVE ANY AFFECT ON A ROOF?
Gutters don’t usually affect a roof unless they have covers to keep debris out. Some are not installed far enough under the shingles and can cause leaks. Inexpensive covers may block the debris but let it collect on the roof instead of the gutter. And instead of using a downspout, some companies just put a hole in a second-story gutter and let the water splash down to the gutters on the first floor. This can create mildew on the shingles.
About the Expert
Ideal Roofing and Siding
Ideal Roofing and Siding
Jim Hardwick has been the owner of Ideal Roofing LLC for almost 17 years. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Limnology and a Master’s degree in mid-management. He started in the roofing supply company before moving on to own his own roofing company . He is married with a son in college and daughter in high school. Ideal Roofing and Siding serves both commercial and residential properties.
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