Roofing isn’t usually something the average homeowner thinks about until there is a leak. When it comes to roof leaks, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what you can do to fix it and what needs to happen for it to be repaired properly. Peak Roofing & Construction wants our customers to be fully informed on how to prevent leaks, repair roof leaks, and know when you need to call a professional. Here we dive in to the top myths about roof leaks.
1) Place a New Shingle Over the Existing Shingles
This is just about the worst thing you can do when you are looking to patch a roof. Some building codes say that it is an acceptable fix, but you should consider that it is a temporary fix that can cause big issues long term. There may be rot under the shingles that needs to be stripped away and replaced, but you wouldn’t know unless you strip off the old shingles to properly inspect the leak.
2) All Asphalt Is the Same
Older shingles are nothing compared to the new asphalt shingles on the market today. Today’s shingles are laminated, reinforced with fiberglass, and more durable than ever before. Purchasing higher quality asphalt shingles that won’t deteriorate as quickly can prevent roof leaks.
3) A Small Leak Can Be Repaired DIY
Sometimes homeowners want to save some cash and repair a leak by themselves. If you are particularly handy, you may be able to repair a leak on your roof. However, with particularly severe roof leaks, you may want the eye of a professional. They may be able to see other issues with your roof that you haven’t noticed before. Your small leak may look small but have bigger costly issues.