Myths About Having A Roof Replaced

Having your roof replaced is a fairly big project, and it is not one you're likely to tackle more than a few times in your life, at most. As such, you may want to do some research and learn more about roof replacement before you schedule this service. One way to do that is to explore common roof replacement myths and learn the truth behind them. Here are a few key myths to start with.

Myth: You have to get the same type of roof you have currently.

You can absolutely change roof materials if you want. If you have a shingle roof, you don't have to get another shingle roof. You could go with metal, tile, or even slate. If you have a metal roof, you don't have to go with another metal roof. For this reason, it is good to have a discussion with your roofer about what you need in a roof. They can recommend a material that meets your needs, which may or may not be the same material your current roof is made from.

Myth: Roofers will always replace the full roof deck.

The roof deck is the wood that forms the base of your roof. Contrary to popular belief, this is not always replaced when you get a new roof. If it is in good shape, which it often is, your roofers will leave it in place and just put new shingles, metal, or another material over it. The roof deck is only repaired or replaced if it is rotting, cracked, or otherwise damaged. And unless your roof has been in bad shape for a long time, the roof deck is probably fine. Plus, if there is damage to a small section, roofers can just replace that part of the deck without touching the rest.

Myth: Stripping the old roof off is a waste of time.

You might have heard you can save money by having the new roof put right on top of the old one. But this is usually not a good idea. Moisture can get trapped between the layers, causing your new roof to deteriorate faster than usual. Plus, the extra layer can trap heat and make your home too hot in the summer. It's almost always best to have the old roof removed first.

With these myths busted to bits, you're now in a better position to have your roof replaced. For more information, contact a company like Badger State Exteriors.