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Is Your Home A Weak Link?

Is Your Home A Weak Link?I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “A Chain is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link”.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with roofing or even home improvement, in general. When you think about it, the first quote also applies to various adhesives. When you glue one surface to another, the bond is only as strong as the glue. And not all glues are the same.

Take wallpaper, for instance. You could spend hours or even days researching the best wallpapers before deciding on the best one for you. But if you apply it with an inferior glue, it won’t be long before it starts to peel.

Or what about paint? Paint is really nothing more than colored glue and the quality of that glue can vary a great deal from one paint to another. You also need to consider how many layers of paint you are covering. Even if you apply a high quality paint over existing layers, the bond will only be as strong as the weakest layer.

The same can be said about other materials, as well, such as pre-mixed drywall compound, plaster, and cement stucco. Each of these is merely an adhesive with limited bonding strength, depending on various factors.

So how does any of this apply to roofing? When a roof is installed, it is secured to your roof deck with roofing nails or screws, depending on the type of roofing. The bond is only going to be as strong as the wood it attaches to. If the wood is starting to rot or split, you need to replace it before any other work is done.

But it doesn’t stop there. If you have asphalt shingles and you home is more than 12-15 years old, there is a good chance that you have had more than one layer installed. Whether you have had multiple layers installed on top of the old ones or had the old layer removed before installing the new one, every nail that has been driven into the wood has weakened it, little by little.

Eventually, even the best roofing material will fail because the base is too weak to hold it. The entire roof has to come off and the wood replaced.

You have heard me proclaim the virtues of metal roofing many times and this is another one. Not only is metal more durable and long lasting than asphalt shingles, but that durability means fewer replacements and a stronger roof base.

Another well-known saying is, “You Get What You Pay For”.

Whether its roofing, painting, or anything in between, when it comes to your home, this isn’t the time to skimp.

Is your home a weak link? It is your castle and your sanctuary. It protects you from the elements and gives you and your family a measure of comfort. You owe it to yourself to give back what it gives you.

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