We all know that roofing is essential for providing safety and shelter, but what you may not know is there’s a lot more to roofing that that. Here are our top five facts about roofs that you probably didn’t know.
1. Roofs Need Space to Breathe
Just like we all need space to breathe sometimes, our roofs do, too. Roof ventilation is critical in allowing roofs to continue to do their job. Ample air flow helps keep any moisture and outside air out of your home. If air flow is constricted, condensation can begin to build up, causing damage to your home’s walls and insulation.
2. Your Roof Has an Impact on Your Home’s Value
When driving up to your home, homebuyers are analyzing both the curb appeal and any potential work the home requires. If a home is visibly in need of any repair or replacement work, homebuyers are often immediately turned away from purchasing. Your roof plays a significant part in your home’s curb appeal and can be what truly makes or breaks the buyers buying decision. A newly installed roof is often seen as a benefit your home provides and can increase the value of your home by nearly $12,000.
3. Roofing is Not a Weekend DIY Task
Roofing is a very hazardous job, especially for homeowners looking to do it themselves. Not only are you risking serious personal injury, you’re putting your roof and home at risk for major damage. Anyone with an untrained eye will often overlook many issues that a professional roofer can spot on the flip of a coin. Not only that, but you can also install and replace roofing incorrectly. Rather than turning your roofing project into a DIY, schedule an estimate with a trained professional. In the end, you’ll be saving time and potentially even money.
4. Where you Live Determines Your Roof Type
All roofs are not built to handle the same weather conditions. Some roofing materials are best for keeping the heat out, some are best for soaking the heat in. For example, if you take a drive through any Floridian neighborhood, you’ll notice an array of terracotta roofs. These curved, clay roofs are great for keeping homes cool and dry. For Minnesota’s notorious amounts of snow, the best roofing materials are metal and asphalt shingles. With metal roofing, melting snow and ice easily slide right off, preventing the formation of ice dams. When it comes to asphalt shingles, consider installing dark shingle colors to help warm your roof, allowing snow and ice to melt quickly.
5. Roofs Can be Environmentally Friendly
Looking to go green? Start with your roof! The type of roof you choose for your home can make a positive impact on the environment, and a lesser impact on your wallet. For example, white roofs (or “cool roofs”) attract less of the sun’s powerful rays, helping your home stay cool through the muggy summer heat. Not only that, but naturally cooling your home helps you save on energy bills, too.
If you’re looking for reliable and professional roofing services, trust Above All Roofing. Our certified roofing experts can answer any of your questions and always provide top-quality service. Contact us to get started.