Take a moment to think about everything you know about your roofing system. Sure, your roof shields your home from intense sunlight and severe weather. But do you know the kind of condition your roof is in currently? The fact is many homeowners will only purchase one new roof. Should you make the wrong decision in the buying process, your home may have moisture problems or structural damage. Before you take the first step toward purchasing that new roof, here are five myths that every homeowner should know:

1. It’s okay to cover an existing layer of roofing shingles with a new layer of roofing shingles – Just because many building codes say it’s acceptable doesn’t mean you should lay roofing shingles on top of existing roofing shingles. Underneath your roof’s shingles is a layer of wood sheathing that can rot due to leaks, inadequate attic ventilation, or age. Before doing anything, strip away the old roofing shingles.
2. All asphalt shingles are the same – This is one of the biggest roofing misconceptions. In fact, today’s asphalt roofing shingles are better than ever. From algae-resistant roofing shingles to roofing shingles that are manufactured to look like wood shakes or slate tiles, you are certain to find a type that works for your home.
3. Flashing should only be replaced when a new roof is installed – Flashing is the metal material made to divert water away from pipes, vents, and other openings in the roof. Flashing can lay in place for years and protect even longer than other components of the roof. On the other hand, flashing can fail in a matter of months and ruin an entire roofing installation. Keep in mind that your roof’s flashing should be checked about twice a year. You will want to look for sealant or dried caulking, cracked or broken pieces, and damaged roofing shingles in contact with the flashing.
4. Attic insulation saves energy and helps roof performance – More is not always better. Homeowners are often surprised when they learn that adding more than the required insulation can block ventilation openings and might even trap moisture in the roofing system. This can warp and rot sheathing from the attic’s interior, which is basically an invitation for mold.
5. Gutters are separate from the roof – Your gutters are an important piece of your roofing system. The purpose of a gutter is to prevent water from dripping down exterior walls and to move the water away from the foundation. It is important to clean gutters of debris, sediment, and leaves on a regular basis. You do not want to have to deal with clogged and sagging gutters, which may cause leaks behind exterior walls and contribute to ice-damming.
At Sands Roofing and Construction, we make it easy for homeowners. For one, we are licensed, bonded, and insured to perform the highest quality of work that you deserve. Sands Roofing and Construction has been a staple of Lexington and Columbia areas for years, so we call the area home just like you do. Lastly, we have a licensed insurance adjuster on staff to effectively handle your claim.
When it comes to residential roofing, no other team of roofing contractors offers the same high-quality work at such an affordable price. Get started today by contacting us for roof repair service or installation.
Sands Roofing and Construction is the local roofing company near you that you can always depend on for quality roofing repairs and roofing replacement. We have experience in providing exceptional roofing services. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. Give us a call at 1.803.520.6154.