With the roof being your home’s main defense against the elements, it’s not surprising that a lot of people would want to have their roof maintained in the best way possible. Unfortunately, this has led to a few misconceptions about roof care that do more harm than good.
1. You Can Ignore Low-Maintenance Roofs
Some roofs are considered low maintenance because they do not need as much attention as other roofs. For example, standing seam metal roofing does not suffer from cupping or curling, so it doesn’t have to be checked for those issues. However, you should still have your roof checked at least once a year to make sure any problems are spotted before they get worse.
2. You Can Power Wash Shingles
It’s tempting to use a pressure washer to clean dirty shingles the same way you may clean a driveway. However, roofing specialists say that you should avoid doing so as the pressure can strip granules off the shingles. A shingle with a stripped top layer is more vulnerable to different kinds of damage, which is why experts recommend using only low-pressure hoses to clean dusty or dirty roofs.
3. You’re Covered by a Warranty
Most roofs have a product and service warranty in case something happens with the roof. However, that’s no reason to be complacent when it comes to roof maintenance. This is because roofing warranties will also have limitations that might apply given your roof’s specific problem. Always be prepared for the chance that your roof’s warranties won’t apply, and you’ll have to shoulder the cost of the repairs.
4. DIY Is Fine for Smaller Fixes
You will come across homeowners that strongly believe they can attempt to fix a roofing issue, especially if that issue looks small enough for simple repairs. However, we still recommend hiring roofing experts to make sure you don’t end up with problems caused by a botched DIY job.
Avoid these maintenance misconceptions and keep your roof in great shape with help from our team. Goodrich Roofing is the leading roofing contractor in New Mexico. Call us at (505) 219-4450, or fill out this contact form to request a quote.