Beneath the Shingles – Under the Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Rubber Or Clay Tiles on a Roof


See yourself looking, while standing on a sidewalk, at an average house What you might see on the roof like the asphalts on the shingles, wood shakes or its ,metal or rubber tiles are not as essential as those which you do not see from the surface. Roofing is much more than what it seems.

The surface area of the roof which is made of wood is what we should start with. To give a surface area on which to install shingles, a wood roof deck is installed on top of the basic house frame. Due to exposure to the sun, rain, snow and ice your roof deck will rot away without the shingles, which makes your home very uncomfortable. In replacing any and all damaged wood, remember to contact your roofing contractor when the time comes for you to replace your roof system.

To be installed initially as part of the roof system is the drip edge and rake edge. Installed along each of the ends of your roof deck or along the eaves trough and along the gable ends is a long and narrow piece of metal. Drip edges and rake edges are installed depending on an area’s local building codes so make sure to check out with your local city building offices if it is necessary to install drip and rake edges.

To allow for more affordable roof prices like Siding Replacement Estimate, many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not install drip edge and rake edge which is still recommended regardless. If drip and rake edges are not present on your roof systems, do not panic, it can still be said that you will survive long enough. If poorly installed, the metal installed in the valleys, chimneys and skylights, could make a waterfall out of your living room making it arguably the most important part of every complete roof system.

A roof deck is protected by a second layer or a back-up plan, which also protects against moisture and build-up. The drip edge and rake edge metal along the eaves trough areas, gable areas and valleys, have high risks for leaks, ice build-up, shingle deterioration and water back-flow make it the reason that leak barriers are almost always installed on top of them.

Beneath the shingles, there are a lot of things going on. In making sure that a roof system is reliable in the many coming years, a professional roofing contractor can help immensely because they know stuff inside and outside of the roof system. Choosing a reliable roofing contractor to work with you on your project and being proactive allows you to select quality products and to back yourself with a strong warranty.Click here to get started!

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