Westerville roofer: Poor ventilation shortens a roof's life

Westerville roofer: Poor ventilation shortens a roof's life

When Chad Muth started in the roofing industry 18 years ago, he discovered not just anyone can pick up a hammer and start swinging.

“I wanted to know the math behind it,” says Muth, a licensed roofer. “Also, I always remember the customer.”

His customers have remembered him, too, submitting reports that landed him 16 Super Service Awards on Angie's List.

What should homeowners be aware of when shopping around or preparing for new roof installation?

"If there's a big storm and you're unsure of roof damage, call a professional. The aging of your roof or too much heat in your attic can cause shingles to crack or curl, which is a sign the roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy.

"Here in the north, you have to put an ice guard down, which prevents snow and ice from getting under shingles and into your house. The weight of heavy snow in your gutters will eventually cause them to fall off.

"The average life span of a roof is 25 to 30 years, or up to 50 years with a lifetime warranty. Not ventilating your home properly will shorten the life of your roof by 15 years.

"An average family of four people puts five gallons of moisture into the air every day, from shower steam and more. The moisture goes through your drywall and into your attic, sometimes causing mold and deteriorating the roof decking above it. It can also rust roofing nails, causing fasteners to no longer hold down shingles properly.

"That's why it's important to maintain and care for your roof annually, like getting an oil change. You can have your roof inspected, the gutters and downspouts cleaned, the gutters renailed, as well as flashing and wall details recaulked and painted.

"A new mid-range roof will cost between $7,000 to $12,000, depending on the square footage of the home's roofline, as well as the number of its heat stacks, dormers, etc.

"I see more synthetic products being used on roofs these days, including fake wood. However, asphalt fiberglass shingles are the most popular in the U.S. They're the most cost-effective for residential use.

"Environmentally friendly products such as Energy Star-rated shingles will cost as much as shingles with a lifetime warranty, but won't last as long — only about 40 years instead of the 50-plus years of shingles with a lifetime warranty.

"Roofers will work on your house anywhere from one to five days. They'll remove and replace an average of 21,000 nails and 5,250 shingles from one roof, so you should protect your valuables from falling debris. Also, mow your lawn beforehand so the roofing company can properly pick up excess nails from your yard using a magnet."

If you've been a customer of Muth & Co. Roofing, please submit a report about your experience.

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