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Things You Should Know About Your Roof

Things You Should Know About Your Roof

Roofing Fact & Fiction

Roofs are such an integral part of our everyday lives that they barely even register to most people unless there is something seriously wrong with the structure. For many of us, even our own roofs rarely rate more than a cursory glance or quick inspection if the weather turns bad. Because of this, there are a fair few misconceptions about roofs that can sometimes result in long-term problems. Today we’re going to learn more about some important roofing facts that can save you a great deal of grief down the line.

Roofs are more complicated than you think

Unless you have experience in the industry or have watched a roof go up from start to finish, it’s easy to assume that roofs are just wood with shingles on top. This is not the case! A roof is a complex system layered with a deck to support the weight of the structure, insulation against inclement weather, and metal flashing to direct where the water goes – among other things.

Roofing should never be DIY

Taking on home construction projects yourself can be educational, economical, and fun – and nowhere near your roof. Roof installations require extensive training and precision to ensure that the complex system meets building codes and structural standards. It is important to remember, too, that the nature of roofing means that there are always safety concerns both during and after the project. If you are not trained, you should not try this at home!

You can’t just stack a new roof over an old one

When it comes to roofing, cutting costs is hardly ever a good idea, and this is no exception. Building a new roof over one with problems can result in the decay present in the old roof to spread to the new construction. Further, the additional weight could cause the roof to collapse, weaken the walls, or even crack the foundation.

Flat roofs are not flat

It makes sense when you think about it – if flat roofs were perfectly flat, they would collect water and quickly lose structural integrity. Though they certainly are much flatter in comparison to more steeply pitched roofs, flat roofs have a slight slope to allow water to drain off of them.

Geography chooses your roof

You may have noticed that particular styles of roof tend to be grouped by location. Shake roofs are common throughout the Pacific Northwest, for example, while clay and ceramic roofs are more at home in hotter, more tropical climates. This is not just a result of local preferences, but a necessity to protect the integrity of the property in differing conditions. Both the roof material and the type of roof are strongly influenced by the local climate.

Roofs require ventilation

This is a lesser-known point of roofing, but an important one. Maintaining consistent airflow within the roof structure helps to moderate temperatures and minimize moisture, which helps all parts of the roof – from the shingles to the flashing to the wood – maintain their integrity for longer.

Roofs impact resale value

It’s no secret that first impressions matter – especially when buying a home. A lackluster or damaged roof can have a significant influence on the overall curb appeal of your home, decreasing its value and making it more difficult to sell.

The right roof can improve your home’s efficiency

By choosing the right materials for your roofing system, you can drastically improve your home’s overall insulation, taking stress off of your heating and cooling system and saving power. Designing with efficiency in mind can help save you hundreds on utility bills each year!

Professional roof cleaners exist and serve a vital function

Your roof is exposed to the elements constantly. All of the moisture, dirt, and debris that can pile up as a result could be impacting your roofing materials significantly. Instead of risking your safety and your roof by trying to do it yourself, you can call in the experts and allow their trained technicians to do it safely and properly.

Roofs can last a long time

When a roof is properly built with sturdy materials and cared for over the course of its life, it can last for decades – up to 50 years for most residential structures, with some roofs lasting for up to a century.

As you can imagine, the key to this long-lasting roof is quality service at the outset. Our team at RBR Construction is committed to providing you with unrelenting, world-class service that will stand the test of time.

Call us today at (541) 444-0884 to learn more about how we can help you!