Installing a new roof is a major decision. Regardless of type, our roof protects our most valuable assets from the worse mother nature offers. So, it’s important for you to understand how to get the most from your roofing investment. It’s no surprise that asphalt based roofing for both residential and commercial applications is the most popular roofing choices in North America. With more than 150 years of proven performance, asphaltic roofing systems are widely recognized for their beauty, affordability, and reliability; all of which can add value to your property. Also, the long term durability and redundant layers provide some of the best protections available for the critical demands of contemporary buildings.
Roofing systems are comprised of more than what you can see from street level. Several key components work together to form a system and help increase the performance of the roof. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends that residential with steep slope roofing systems generally includes six components. Having some basic knowledge from these key components will help in the evaluation of contractors estimate and provide peace of mind with the final installation. Most manufacturers test components to industry standards.
There six components we recommend for residential properties with a steep slope roof. Each components serves a primary function.
Ice and water barrier products protect the most vulnerable areas of your roof where water has the tendency to flow like valleys, around chimneys or at other roof penetrations.
Underlayment provides an additional layer of protection between the wood deck and the shingles acting as a secondary water barrier.
Starter strip products are the first steps in proper installation of shingles providing the first row of sealant that’s needed to prevent blow offs and water penetration.
Hip and ridge products creates the look that differentiates your home from others on the block and creates extraordinary curb appeal. To obtain the best astatic use a specific hip and ridge product designed to go with the shingles of your choice.
Ventilation for intake and exhaust
Today, asphalt roofing systems provides more colors, styles and textures to choose from then many other roofing materials currently available on the market. Lastly, having a balanced ventilation systems allows heat and moisture to escape from the attic. A balance system helps keeps the attic temperature closer to the outside temperature. This helps eliminate ice damage and premature shingle deterioration.
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