Even though a roof is an incredibly important feature of your home that keeps the structure safe, homeowners can sometimes be uninformed about it. That is why there are some roofing myths out there that are simply not true. Here is the truth behind two of them, which should clear up any misconceptions you may have.

Myth 1: The Energy Efficiency of Your Roof Cannot Be Improved

The roof is one place where you can lose a substantial amount of energy in your home. This is because multiple pieces are used to construct a roof, so it is not a solid piece. There will be tiny gaps that will allow the air to escape your home, and allow the heat from the sun to get into your home.

Thankfully, there are a couple ways that you can fix this problem. One is to add additional insulation to your attic. It will help reduce the air that you lose through the tiny gaps, and prevent warm outside air from seeping into the living area of your home. The other way is to add a reflective coating or sealant to the roof. The coating will prevent absorption of heat from the sun.

Myth 2: It's Simple To Spot Roof Damage

Since your roof is one aspect of a home that you can actually see, as opposed to other parts of your home that are hidden behind walls or underground, it gives the false impression that an average homeowner is able to visually inspect damage on their own. The problem is that homeowners often look for the obvious signs of damage, like missing shingles, and sometimes overlook more serious problems.

Roof construction is complex, and it will require professional help to diagnose any potential roof problems. You can have a professional roofer come to your home and give your roof a detailed inspection. They will thoroughly evaluate the roof for you, and report back on any finding that could lead to trouble down the road. It's often best to perform repairs before they are necessary, so they may recommend preventative measures such as replacing flashing and caulking that is nearing the end of its life.

Now that you know the truth behind these two myths, you'll be more informed about the roof of your home when it comes to energy efficiency and roof inspections. Contact a local roofing contractor for more answers to roofing questions.