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What do you know about roofs? They protect our homes and businesses and can be made from different materials, right? Here are a few lesser-known roofing facts from our Hunters Creek roof repair team.

Roofs can hold a bit of mystery unless you’re a professional roofer. Most homeowners and business owners go up there infrequently, if ever, so you may only know a little about them other than the basics. (Roof Components 101, anyone?) You likely know that they’re made from asphalt shingles, metal, or tile – but what other secrets do they hold? We are pulling back the curtain and revealing some roof facts that you may not know.

Flat Roofs Aren’t Actually FlatHunters Creek roof repair

Many commercial buildings are topped with what’s called a “flat roof.” The name makes sense because they do look flat. Think of a warehouse or your neighborhood superstore. The truth is, that “flat” roof isn’t actually flat. You may not even be able to tell if you were to stand on it, but there is a slight slope to a flat roof. 

As you can imagine, the slope allows for water drainage, usually about ¼ inch per foot. So, why are they called flat roofs? We think that “sloped roof” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

You Shouldn’t DIY A Roof Repair

In the DIY culture, replacing or repairing a roof may seem achievable, but it’s essential to recognize that these tasks require specific skills and should be entrusted to professionals. Permits and licensing are necessary to work on a roof, making it a job best left to the experts. The intricate system of constructed layers in a roof demands the skills of a professional to ensure a proper and secure installation. 

Attempting to DIY your roof could lead to injuries or further damage to crucial components like the roof, walls, attic, electrical systems, and wooden frames. To avoid unnecessary risks, it’s wise to skip the DIY route and instead call upon the expertise of our Hunters Creek roof repair technicians.

Some Roofs Can Last More Than 70 Years

Various roofing materials have the potential for remarkable longevity, with some lasting upwards of 70 years. Materials such as slate, clay or concrete tiles, and metal roofing are known for their exceptional durability and ability to withstand the test of time. 

When installed and maintained correctly, these long-lasting roofing options can provide decades of reliable protection for your home, offering both peace of mind and cost-effectiveness in the long run. Thinking about making the switch from asphalt to metal or tile? We’d love to discuss your options!

Some Roofs Are Better For The Environment

Did you know a metal roof is the most sustainable roofing choice? The material used for metal roofs is made from 25-95% recycled materials, and your metal roof is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Compare that to the results of an NAHB study that revealed seven to ten million tons of waste from asphalt shingle roofs end up in landfills every year.

Metal roofs have a higher price tag than asphalt, but they are well worth it in the long run because they are more durable and better for the environment.

You Could (And Should) Clean Your Roof

A roof has many enemies – rain, water, hail – but some enemies you also need to think about include debris, moss, and algae. Giving your roof a professional cleaning periodically will keep it functioning at its best. If left unchecked, moss and algae can deteriorate your shingles and open you up to potential leaks and costly repairs.

Advantage Roofing Solves Your Roofing Mysteries

You don’t need to know everything about roofs – that’s our job! But we like sharing these fascinating facts with you because we love roofing. And when you need a roof repair or inspection, or have a question for our Hunters Creek roof repair team, contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and help with any roofing needs.