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Roof Myths Debunked

The roof on your home in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Port Orchard, or Bremerton can seem like a complex system. You have your shingles, sure – but you have fascia, ventilation, and gutters to worry about too. We want you to be an informed customer, so let’s debunk a few roof myths.

Myth #1: No leaks, No Worries

Sorry friends, just because your roof isn’t actively causing you grief, doesn’t mean all is well. Routine maintenance and a visual inspection by the homeowner in both the spring and summer is a good idea. You’ll want to pay attention to the condition of your shingles, the flashing and gutters. To learn more about how to take care of your roof in the spring or summer, click here. For fall and winter maintenance tips, click here.

Myth #2 – You Can Add a New Layer of Shingles

We know that a new roof can be costly, and it can be tempting to want to cut costs, but simply adding a new layer of shingles over an existing roof comes with risks. When we take off your old roof, we inspect the existing decking to make sure there’s no damage or leaks. If we can't properly assess your roof, it could lead to problems down the road.

Myth #3: Dark Shingles Equal Higher Energy Bills

While darker shingles do absorb more heat on sunny days, it does not necessarily mean your power bill will be higher. If your roof is properly insulated and ventilated, this system will work to keep the heat from being absorbed into your home’s livable space.

Myth #4: A Roof Doesn’t Need to be Replaced Unless It Leaks

Roofs fail for many reasons and it’s not only because there is an active and visible leak. Once water gets in, it can damage the decking or structural components, like roof trusses. This means that once it comes time to replace your roof, you will be paying a lot more for additional repairs.

When it comes to assessing whether you have moisture damage, you will want a professional opinion. If you think it’s time, give us a call. We can help you decide what the best next step is. We provide repairs in addition to full roof replacements and will recommend what is best for you.

Myth #5: All Asphalt Shingles Are the Same

While asphalt shingles are all made from similar materials, not all are made with the same quality. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of textures and colors, not to mention the varying quality of the different brands. This is where the experts come in. We can recommend the right product that will fit your budget and your needs.

Most roofing contractors will recommend asphalt shingles or composition shingles because they can stand up to our Pacific Northwest weather (wind, snow, rain, and hail). But, they are still porous, making them susceptible to mold and mildew growth so make sure you know how to maintain them to avoid excess moss growth.

We want to be your roofing contractor of choice. That’s why we offer free estimates and a lifetime workmanship warranty. And if you think you have an issue with your roof, contact us today! We will help you keep the weather outside.

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