If your home needs a new roof, then like any responsible homeowner, you are probably about to do a lot of research and start learning about roofing so you can make smart decisions. As a part of your research, make sure you look into common roofing myths. There are a few that are pretty prevalent, and if you're not careful, they could lead you to make a poor decision about your roof replacement. Here's a closer look at some common myths about residential roofing.
Myth: Shingles are an outdated roofing material.
The Truth: Shingles are still relevant. Shingles used today are much more durable and efficient than those made even 20 or 30 years ago — when your home was probably last re-roofed. It is true that more homeowners are opting for alternative roof materials like slate, tile, and metal these days, and these materials all have their merits, too. But if you like the look of shingles, they can be a really affordable choice, and there are some very durable options that will last up to 50 years.
Myth: Metal roofs are noisy.
The Truth: Today's metal roofs are not any louder than roofs made from other materials. A lot of insulation is placed under the metal panels. This insulation absorbs sound, so you won't hear too much inside if it starts raining or hailing outside. Maybe you've been in a pole barn with a metal roof and found the rain very noisy, but the roofs used on these buildings are not insulated, and that's why you get so much noise. Residential metal roofs are much quieter.
Myth: A roof will last as long as its warranty.
The Truth: Most roofs outlast their warranties, especially with good care. The warranty period is just the period during which the roof manufacturer will reimburse you if the roof has to be replaced. In most cases, a roof will last much longer than this. For instance, a roof with a 20-year warranty will often last for 30 years or more. Of course, you will need to have the roof cleaned every few years, maintain your attic insulation, and keep your gutters clear to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible.
If you are thinking of having your home's roof replaced, you will need to make some decisions when it comes to materials and who you want to install your roof. Make sure you are making those decisions based on actual facts, not myths.
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