Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America, but that does not exclude it from being a subject of a few misconceptions. In this article, our fully trained and licensed roofing team helps debunk some of the most common myths about asphalt shingles.
“Dark-Colored Asphalt Shingles Can Dramatically Raise Your Energy Bills”
It is true that darker surfaces generally absorb and retain more heat than lighter surfaces. However, dark-colored asphalt shingles will not make your home any hotter, causing your energy bills to spike up. What truly matters in this situation is having sufficient ventilation in your roof and insulation in your attic — both of which are responsible for preventing excessive heat and moisture from accumulating in your home. As long as you have good ventilation and insulation in place, you will not have to worry about abnormally high energy costs.
“Installing a New Roof Over an Old One Is an Acceptable Roofing Technique”
Sure, some contractors will tell you that your roof can be repaired by installing a new layer of shingles over your aging or damaged roof. But any reputable roofer will tell you that this re-roofing technique will not actually get you the results you need. Your new asphalt shingles should be installed with their own system of supporting structures including an underlayment. This means your old roof will have to be fully replaced to ensure that it can withstand harsh weather conditions for many years to come.
“Only the Most Extensive Damage Requires Professional Help”
Most homeowners believe that their roof does not need professional attention unless their roof is leaking severely in many different areas. This often leads to the undertaking of shoddy repair jobs that can result in structural damage. The simple truth is that there are several things that can go wrong with your roof, and performing professional inspections can help detect issues before they spiral out of control.
4U Roofing is the go-to roofing company for asphalt shingle repairs and replacements in the area. Our professional roofers can guarantee superior workmanship and customer service. Just give us a call at (251) 235-2222 or fill out this contact form to get started.