Debunking Roofing Myths

Believe us, there’s a lot to know about roofing. There’s so much information out there you have to be a professional to keep up with all of it. There’s also a lot of misinformation out there, too. With that in mind, it’s time to debunk some of the most common myths about roofing.

Metal Roofs Attract Lightening: On its surface, this makes sense: Metal conducts electricity, and so it’s a perfect spot for a strike. Realistically, lightening isn’t attracted to metal, and typically strikes the highest point in an area. Regardless of your roofing material, your home’s roof may be the tallest point in the area, and attract lightening because of it.

Black Runoff Is Caused By Deteriorating Shingles: Some homeowners see those black stripes on their roof as a sign that their asphalt shingles are on their last legs. In fact, those stripes are caused by algae forming on shingles and running off, and isn’t an indicator of roof health, but rather a sign your roof could use a good cleaning.

The Best Way to Clean a Roof is By Power Washing: Power sprayers are great at jettisoning off any crud on your shingles’ surface, but won’t eradicate the organisms that cause growth. A soft chemical scrub is more effective in killing algae and other unsightly growths on your roof.

Solar Panels Degrade Your Roof: Almost everyone has heard a story of solar panels crashing through ceilings or degrading the shingles underneath. When installed by a professional, solar panels don’t exceed your roof’s load capacity, and aren’t placing added stress on the roof below them.

Climbing On a Roof Doesn’t Require Safety Equipment: About a third of all fatal falls each year are from ladders. Follow our ladder safety tips to avoid injury.