What is a Roofing System?
Most people think replacing their roof is simply replacing shingles. However, we want our customers to know better! Today, effective roofing relies on advanced material technology and an integrated systems approach to protect your biggest asset - your home.
Protect your home from wind-driven rain and damaging ice dams with a waterproof leak barrier. A quality leak barrier will help:
- Create a 100% watertight seal that keeps water out at the most vulnerable areas of your roof (at the eaves and rakes, in valleys, around chimneys, etc.)
- Protect your home by preventing costly repairs due to wall or ceiling staining
- Prevent leaks due to water damming in your gutters, wind-driven rain and, here in Michigan, damaging ice dams
Roof Deck Protection
Avoid a buckled, bumpy-looking roof and reduce shingle blow-off with quality roof deck protection. Superior quality roof deck protection can protect and beautify at the same time! Quality roof deck protection:
- Prevents wind-driven rain (or water from other sources) from infiltrating under your shingles and causing damage to your roof structure or the inside of your home
- Provides an extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck
- Lays flatter and will not buckle when installed
- Helps reduce shingle blow-off by allowing your shingles to lay flatter and more uniformly
Proper attic ventilation is crucial to a long-lasting roof system. Poor attic ventilation can ruin your insulation, destroy your shingles, and raise your energy bills!
Why Take Risks?
It is estimated that 9 out of 10 homes in North America do not have proper attic ventilation. Why? Because most people are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the longevity of their entire home! In the summer, an improperly ventilated attic can cause heat to build in excess of 160°F. This superheated air eventually penetrates the ceiling insulation into the living area below.
Types of damage that can result include:
- Premature aging of your roofing system ("fried" shingles)
- Warping, cracking, or breaking down of wood framing
- Damage to siding, exterior or interior paint, and wallpaper
- Higher energy costs
A properly ventilated attic can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by moving the superheated air out of your attic before it builds up and causes damage. In the winter, various household appliances, bathtubs, showers, and cooking vapors can contribute to excess moisture build-up. Improperly ventilated attics will allow this moisture to collect and cling to the underside of the roof. There, it will condense and fall, soaking the attic insulation and reducing its efficiency.
Additional structural damage can include:
- Roof deck warping and rotting of the wood frame
- Mildew growth
- Buckling of shingles and felt
Finally, attics should be properly ventilated to help prevent ice dams in cold northern climates. During the winter, ice and snow on a roof will melt and run down the deck to the cooler eaves. This run-off can re-freeze, creating an ice dam that will trap moisture on the roof. The moisture can eventually back up under the shingles and enter your home - causing hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage to your ceilings and walls. Adequate attic ventilation will reduce the amount of initial melting that occurs on your roof, thereby reducing the chance that ice dams will form.
Proper Attic Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation systems allow a continuous flow of outside air through the attic, protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space. It consists of a balance between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge).
The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space. For example, if your attic is 900 square feet, you need a total of 3 square feet of ventilation. This amount is generally divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation (i.e., 1 1/2 feet of each), to insure proper air flow through the attic.
Roof Cap Shingles
The perfect finishing touch for your new roof should be a distinctive ridge cap shingle. A distinctive roof cap shingle will:
- Accentuate the natural beauty of your newly installed architectural shingle roof (or even add dimension and depth to a strip shingle roof)
- Provide a striking and higher quality alternative to using cut-up strip shingles as your ridge cap
Protect your home from fire and damage with a quality membrane system. A quality membrane roofing system will provide long-lasting protection for the low-slope areas of your home (e.g., porches, garages, car ports, sun rooms, etc.) without the danger or hassles associated with conventional roofing products.
Let the sun shine in with a quality skylight! Skylights are the perfect way to add natural light to family rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or any room that would benefit from the architectural style and luxury of a skylight.
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