Roofing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!


Roofing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!

A roof is just a roof, right? Wrong! Roofs are not only the first line of defense for you home, but also hide some interesting history and stories. Did you know any of these fun facts about roofs before reading this article?

  • As you can imagine, roofs have been around a very long time. The oldest roofing materials in the world are thatch, clay, and stone. Thatch was used between 5000 and 1800 B.C. Clay tiles can be traced all the way back to around 10,000 BC! Our technologies have come a long way since those days! 
  • Interlocking techniques for roofing products go back as far back as 10,000 B.C in China. We still practice this method today in the modern application of roofs and their materials. This allows for a tighter and more sealed fit to prevent any leaks getting through the roofing material.
  • Green or living roofs are making a comeback in the 21st century! This practice dates back many centuries and can actually help keep homes cool or warm and prevent leaks when installed properly! Plus – beautiful flowers and gardens add an additional benefit.
  • Did you know 75% of American homes have asphalt shingles even though they are considered one of the newest roofing technologies out there? Invented in the 1900s, asphalt shingles are an inexpensive and durable option for many roofs, that’s why so many North American homes use them!
  • New roofs are proven to increase your profit when selling a home! Having a brand new, sturdy roof can increase the value of your home by almost $10,000! A roof is always a great investment.
  • Don’t be fooled, a flat roof isn’t truly “flat”. These types of roofs will typically have around ¼ inch slant to allow them to drain water or other precipitation off the roof. A truly flat roof would be too heavy and disastrous for drainage, no matter where you live! 

Knowing the fun facts and history of roofs can help you understand the science and purpose behind each product and service we offer. Our team goes out of our way to make sure we are providing the best options for our clients based on research (and a little fun)! 

Contact us today to learn more about your roofing options and how we can help you make the perfect decision for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

A tree fell on my roof. Can you remove it, too?

Yes! We can arrange for tree removal prior to roof tarping. We’ll coordinate the entire project for you.

Bottom line, what is the cost to the homeowner?

It is always your deductible plus upgrades if any.

Can a residential roofer do commercial roofs, too?

Not many can. A membrane or metal commercial roof system generally requires a different set of equipment, specialized materials, and expertise. From asphalt emulsion-based systems to built-up and mod-bit systems to galvanized steel, commercial roofs require a different skill set than that of a roofer more used to dealing with residences. Ninja Roofs is the company to choose in Centennial, CO and Surrounding Area when you want to “go local” and choose the best commercial roofing company at the same time.

Can you just re-roof or lay new shingles over the old ones?

While there could be some initial cost-saving in laying new shingles over an old, aged roof, we generally don’t recommend re-roofing. Old shingles also mean an old roof deck. By tearing off the old shingles, our licensed roofing contractor will then be able to spot any areas of instability or damage to the roof deck that may have been hidden by the shingles. We can replace any sections where there may be wood rot. Roof installation techniques and materials have also changed over the last couple of decades, and your old roof may not be up to code. “Re-roof” jobs may also not carry the same warranties as a full replacement.

Can you tarp my roof even if it’s still raining?

Generally, we’ll wait for a break in the rain before climbing onto a roof when the rain is still sheeting due to the safety risk. One of the best benefits to choosing Ninja Roofs is that we live right here in Centennial, so we’ll be watching the weather along with you. Just give us a call, and together we’ll determine the best time to tarp your roof.

Do I have to hire you to fix my roof if you tarp it?

Absolutely not, but you should. Temporary roof tarping is generally covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, but choosing multiple contractors for the same claim may delay the process. Insurance companies refer their clients to us all the time, though, because they trust us to get the job done right at a reasonable price. We can be on our way to tarp your roof, and we’ll come back and meet with your insurance adjuster to discuss our recommendations for the repairs. One-stop-shopping!

Do I need to buy a battery?

There are two primary ways that homeowners benefit from owning a battery:

First, you can use the battery for backup power. If the grid goes down, you’re still covered. If disaster strikes, if there’s a hurricane in your area, or a fire, or any of the things that we’re all dealing with now, on a much more common basis, having a battery will allow you to continue to have electricity in your home, even if your utility company can’t provide it.

The second reason is that you can often actually save money by getting a battery if you live in a region with specific rate structures where you would benefit from using stored power from the battery during more expensive times of the day. In many regions, the net metering policy allows you to save money without the need for the battery unless you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home can provide electricity even when your utility company can’t. Ask your Ninja Roofs consultant for more information. They’ll be able to give you a detailed proposal of exactly how much a system will cost with a battery if you’re interested in one. We work with all the biggest battery manufacturers and we can absolutely make sure that you get taken care of – whichever way is best for you.

Do you know how to work with flat roofs?

Yes! We have years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing the membrane roofs and steel roofs most often used for large, flat surfaces. Whether you want to know your options for a full replacement or simply need your roof repaired because you’ve discovered a water leak or other damage, Ninja Roofs can help. We will also help you develop a regular roof maintenance plan to help extend the lifespan of your roof.

Do you offer free roof inspections?

Yes! Our experienced, licensed roofers will inspect your roof up close to assess the scope of any obvious damage and also map out the probable unseen damage just below the surface. With that knowledge at hand, we will let you know if roof repair is the most affordable option or if you’re better off with a full roof replacement.

How do I know if my home is a fit for solar?

Not every home is eligible for solar, so cross your fingers. Let’s hope you’re one of the lucky ones, and you can save money. There are three main factors:

Number one is called “sun exposure” – does your roof (or the location of your solar panels) get enough access to the sun? One of the things we’ll do is analyze your sun exposure from satellite images and other technology to make sure that you’ve got what’s called “proper solar access”. There’s a percentage we’re looking for which, as long as you’ve got that, you’re good to go.

Number two is orientation. What direction would your panels be facing? Ideally, we would want the panels facing South or West, since that is where the most sunshine hits. So you’re looking for the right sun exposure, you’re looking for the right orientation.

And then there’s just number three. Are there any structural issues with your house or roof that would make it difficult to mount solar panels? And if it turns out that it doesn’t work for solar, no harm done, you got educated and you know it is what it is. But that’s the reason why I encourage you to reach out and get a no-cost proposal from us so we can actually do the hard work of analyzing your property and show you exactly how much money you can save by going solar.

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