When you browse through different materials for your roof replacement, you’ll find that asphalt shingles offer the best balance between beauty and performance. As a widely popular choice across the country, they offer excellent durability and reliability at a price that won’t hurt your wallet. But after hearing a few preconceived notions surrounding them, you might think twice about getting this for your home. We’ve put together some of the most popular myths and debunked them here:
Myth: Dark Shingles Cause More Energy Consumption
Truth: Dark-colored roofs retain more radiant heat compared to lighter ones, but it isn’t enough to affect your home’s energy efficiency. You can stay comfortable indoors under a dark-colored roof as long as you have adequate insulation and ventilation. And even though light-colored shingles tend to reflect more sunlight, you can still benefit from dark-colored roofs during winter.
Myth: Shingles Have Asbestos
Truth: Today’s asphalt shingle roofs are made without any trace of asbestos. This used to be true back in the twentieth century. However, this changed in the 1960s because of the health risks associated with asbestos fibers. Fire safety codes have also been updated around this time, phasing out the usage of asbestos immediately. This is to promote the usage of safer materials, such as inert mineral stabilizers. So, if you’re remodeling a home built during the mid-century, the roof and other building materials may require a professional inspection for asbestos.
Myth: Shingle Overlays Are Acceptable
Truth: Installing a new layer of shingles over an old and damaged roof is called an “overlay”. It may seem quick and inexpensive, but it isn’t recommended by many professional roofers. This is primarily because of the safety risks that come with it. New shingles need to have their underlayment layer and other materials to protect your home effectively. It can also lead to more frequent repair and premature replacement!
Crown Roofing LTD is your best choice for exceptional roof repair and replacement services. If you live in Vancouver, Surrey, or the surrounding areas, call us today at (604) 370-6288. You can also complete our convenient online request form to schedule a free estimate.