Debunking Roof Repair Myths

Many home and business owners don’t know a lot about roof repair and, unfortunately, there are a lot of myths floating around that can confuse and mislead. For your sake, it’s important to get the facts straight. Knowing the truth about roof repair can help save time and money while protecting your home. Debunking the myths is a good place to start!


Myth 1: Undamaged Shingles Indicate a Healthy Roof

Visible signs of damage on the shingles isn’t the only sign of roof damage. Of course, a lack of shingle damage is a good sign, but it doesn’t mean your roof is safe or not in need of inspection or repair. In fact, a lot of roof damage or areas where leaking occurs are hidden. Some of the largest areas of damage and leakage can be found underneath the shingles or on the flashing. Additionally, you should never add a new layer of shingles over damaged ones to address water leakage or other problems. This is a temporary fix that could lead to greater damage.


Myth 2: Roof Inspections Aren’t Necessary or Helpful

This is a major myth that can be costly for those who believe it. Not only can it cause small issues to become large ones, it can also lead to warranty forfeiture. Roof maintenance and inspections are a requirement under many roof warranties, and your roof can’t be maintained without being inspected first. Plus, regular maintenance and inspections can help you avoid expensive roof repairs. Get your roof regularly inspected by a reliable roofing contractor, and if you live in St. Albert, Edmonton, Leduc or Sherwood Park, you can’t go wrong with Crest Roofing!


Myth 3: No Leaks Means No Problems

A lack of leaks doesn’t equal a lack of problems, and the older your roof, the more likely it will spring a leak or experience other problems. Regular roof maintenance and promptly performing repairs when they’re required are the best ways to prevent leaks.


Myth 4: You Can Repair Your Own Roof

No matter how ‘handy’ you are, roof repairs are best left to experienced professionals. Repairs are often more complicated than they seem, meaning they run deeper than replacing damaged shingles. Plus, as a non-professional, you won’t be prepared to handle surprises like additional damage. You also won’t know how to perform certain fixes, have access to industry-grade equipment or know how to protect against causing roof damage yourself. Improper preparation, equipment and technique could also lead to bigger problems.


If you’re worried about the health of your roof or have questions about what’s required to properly protect your home or business, contact us.