The ultimate roofing guide with Stefan Milosevic from Rydel Roofing

by BW Group on Sunday, March 10, 2024
Broady Windsor Group Podcast: Episode 10

Roofing is an essential part of any home, protecting it from the elements and ensuring its structural integrity. But there are often misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to roofing. In this article, we will explore some common myths and misconceptions about roofing, as well as provide tips for homeowners who are considering a roof replacement.

The Importance of Proper Roof Drainage

One common misconception is that a roof should be completely free of snow and ice. However, Stefan Milosevic from Rydel Roofing explains that it's actually beneficial to have a little bit of snow and ice on your roof. "When it gets cold and there's a lot of snow, it helps to carve a channel where the water can drain off your roof," he says. This doesn't eliminate snow or ice, but it allows them to melt and drain off the roof, preventing them from accumulating and causing damage.
To facilitate proper drainage, Stefan recommends installing gutters. "It runs through the gutters and then it goes down the downspouts and away from the house" he explains. This helps to prevent water from pooling on the roof and causing leaks or other issues.

The Problem with Bathroom Fans

Another common issue that homeowners may encounter is the improper venting of bathroom fans. Stefan explains that sometimes, when you turn on your bathroom fan, it blows hot air into the attic instead of venting it outside. This can cause problems, as the hot air can lead to moisture buildup and potential damage to the attic. To fix this issue, Stefan recommends using a specific vent designed for bathroom fans, such as a 4-inch hose that connects to a vent on the roof. This allows the fan to blow the air out of the vent, preventing it from heating the attic.

Preparing for a Roof Replacement

If homeowners have identified that they need a new roof, it's important to properly prepare for the replacement process. Stefan suggests starting by asking friends, family, or trusted individuals for recommendations on roofing contractors. Additionally, becoming a member of a homeowner advisory club can provide access to a directory of trusted service providers.

When contacting roofing contractors for quotes, Stefan emphasizes the importance of a thorough estimate process. He recommends starting with a phone call to ask questions and discuss the homeowner's needs and preferences. This initial conversation helps the contractor understand what the homeowner is looking for and allows them to provide more accurate information during an in-person consultation.During the in-person consultation, a representative from the roofing company will visit the home to assess the roof and discuss the details with the homeowners. Stefan explains that this process typically involves looking at different product options, educating the homeowners about the company and the roofing process, and providing a quote with different package options. These options may include different types of shingles and varying warranties on both the workmanship and the product.

Common Myths and Misconceptions

Stefan also addresses some common myths and misconceptions about roofing. One myth he mentions is the belief that a roof with a 25-year warranty is good for another 10 years, even if it's already 15 or 16 years old. He explains that warranties on roofing products are typically prorated, meaning that the compensation decreases after a certain period of time. So, even if a roof has a 25-year warranty, it may only be fully guaranteed for the first 10 years. After that, the compensation for any issues would be significantly reduced.

Another misconception is that if a roof is not leaking and there is no visible water damage, it doesn't need to be replaced. Stefan emphasizes that this is not always the case. Sometimes, a roof may have underlying issues that are not immediately visible. It's always better to have a professional assess the roof to ensure its integrity.

In conclusion, it's important for homeowners to have accurate information about roofing to make informed decisions. Proper roof drainage, ventilation, and maintenance are crucial for the longevity and performance of a roof. When considering a roof replacement, homeowners should do their homework, ask questions, and seek recommendations from trusted sources. Working with a reputable roofing company that provides thorough estimates and offers different product options and warranties can help ensure a successful roof replacement. By debunking common myths and misconceptions, homeowners can make informed choices and avoid potential issues down the road.
Remember, a well-maintained and properly installed roof is essential for the protection and value of your home. So, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional roofing company for assistance and guidance.


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