A roof is an important part of your home or business and it really pays off to make sure you know what you’re doing with it. We think we know, but there are many myths surrounding the health of your roof. Here are five of the more common ones:

Myth #1. There is no need to replace one missing shingle.

Definitely wrong. Each shingle has a job and it works in collaboration with all the surrounding shingles. Together, they protect your roof from the elements, especially water. A single missing shingle can wreak havoc because it exposes the underlayment and wood to all of the elements leading to leaks or significant damage. If you see a missing or damaged shingle, you need to act immediately.

Myth #2. You should replace a roof only when it appears worn.

Yes, a poor-looking roof could be a sign you need to replace your roof, but it is not the only indicator that you need to do so. It is best not to wait until your roof looks worn before you have it inspected and possibly replaced. There are plenty of things that can go wrong with your roof that are not visually obvious, especially from the ground looking up. A close inspection by a professional will diagnose any problems before they grow into bigger problems.

Myth #3. Metal roofs are not ideal for winter.

This is another myth because it is insulation which determines the energy-efficiency of your structure, not your roof. All roofs – irrespective of their material – require insulation. If you are concerned about your roof’s winter readiness, check your attic insulation. That is what will matter during Minnesota’s winter season.

Myth #4. Green Roofs are not popular.

Yes, they are. It is a myth that that they are not popular. As the green movement grows in popularity in the U.S. (it is long been popular in Europe and elsewhere), Chicago wins the credit for having the most green roofs. Washington, D.C. hopes to have 20 percent of its city feature roofs green by 2020. Consider joining others in their important movement.

Myth #5. Metal roofs attract more lightning.

Not at all. Metal roofing does not attract lightning. It conducts electricity. Actually, if your metal roof is struck by lightning, it is at an advantage because it is not going to catch fire like more flammable roofs. There is no need to worry about a metal roof and Mother Nature.

It is important to know or learn about myths associated with roofing to be able to select the right roof for your home or to be able to know how to extend its life and care for it. Consulting a roofing professional and having regular inspections can have huge payoffs when it comes to your roof.

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