Installing Your Roof
The Roof is your home’s first line of defense from mother nature when it comes to protecting you from the elements such as the wind, rain, snow, and heat. Each day throughout the year you are relying on it to protect your investment. We believe in only using the best products when we replace a roof. That’s why we prefer to use Owens Corning Shingles and products when installing your roof.
Most homeowners these days are very concerned what shingles they have to choose from when getting ready to replace their roof. Do I put a 25 year 3-Tab on or should I invest in a Lifetime Laminate shingle? Well, we decided years ago to at least install Owens Corning Duration lifetime shingles from Owens Corning. So if a client has 25-year 3-Tab shingles on their roof, which are not very good shingles these days, they are at the very least going to choose from Lifetime Laminated shingles or something better. It just does not make much sense to install an inferior product on someone’s roof. When we are finished installing a roof unless the client has another storm, that should be the last roof they get installed.
Ice and Water Shield
It is a self-sealing barrier that allows for proper water flow off the roof in all the eve areas of the roof. It also helps prevent against ice dams and prevents moisture from accessing the inside of the house. We install ice and water shield on all the roof eaves (6 linear feet) and up all the valleys. We also put it around all the penetrations on the roof (Chimney, Vents, Pipes).
Gutter Apron & Drip Edge
Gutter apron and drip edge are pieces of flashing that help keep the moisture from entering the house through these areas.
Gutter apron gets installed on all the eve areas that have a gutter attached to the fascia. The Apron gets nailed onto the decking and then the ice and water shield gets installed over the top of the apron.
If gutters are not currently on the house, then we install drip edge where we would normally put the apron. Drip edge gets installed on all the rakes or other edges of the roof line. We install the drip edge over the ice and water shield and the felt in these areas.
Synthetic felt is a superior product when compared to the original 15# and 30#. Synthetic does not fall apart when moisture gets on it like the paper felt does. You can use synthetic no matter how steep the roof is. Plus it is very easy and sturdy to walk on for the roofers. Most synthetic felts come with a 30-year warranty and are able to protect the decking for over 30 days.
The felt is installed over the rest of the open decking. Or in other words, where ever the ice and water shield is not. It is of course overlapped in conjunction with the ice shield.
Once the felt is installed it is time for the Starter shingles to be installed on all the edges just before the roofers start installing shingles. They speed up installation and improve safety. They are about half of the depth of an actual shingle and are flat.
All valley’s must be installed in metal form. You can install rolled valley which is Mill in color and is used when you close the valley. Meaning that you only want to see the shingles in the valley area. The most common valley is an open W-valley which is a piece of metal that looks like a W when you look straight on at it. Most clients choose this style in a color that matches their shingle color.
When we replace a roof we always check your ventilation system to make sure that it is working hand in hand with the soffit intake areas. If they are not working together in relationship with each other that will cause problems for your new roof in the near future. We use a variety of different style of roof vents depending on each individual house.