The roof over your house may look like a simple structure; however, it’s anything but that because roofing consists of many components that all work together as a cohesive system.
Within that system, there are a few elements that some homeowners or one of those fly-by-night, storm-chasing roofing companies may try to cut corners on to save a few bucks, often resulting in a premature need for repairs later.
When it’s time to get your roof redone, pay attention to these three vital roof elements that can make the difference between getting a full life from your installation or facing repairs after only a few years.
Work with roofing services that understand the value of these essential components and know that they are a mandatory part of your roof.
1. Quality Underlayment Membranes
The underlayment that covers the wood decking on your roof and is under the shingles is the first real layer of protection for everything and everyone underneath the roof and attic.
Made from a felt material that’s treated with asphalt and other materials to make it water-resistant, the underlayment is applied directly to the decking to provide waterproofing yet enable the roof to breathe at the same time.
Underlayment is available in a variety of types and thicknesses designed to provide differing levels of protection.
Although it may cost more initially, having your roofing company install a higher grade of underlayment can save you money in the long run as it is more durable and water resistant over time by preventing water from seeping through to the decking if a small leak appears under the shingles.
2. Roof Soffits and Fascia
Fascia and soffit are two parts that every secure and sealed roof should have, yet many don’t.
Fascia is an important piece of wood trim that runs along the end of the rafters, closing them off and providing a secure place on which to mount gutters.
Soffit is the trim piece installed under the rafter overhang to fully enclose the roof to keep it dry, prevent any wild critters from entering your rafters and setting up house, and provide ventilation for the attic.
Collectively, soffit and fascia work together to keep your roof fully enclosed and protected from the weather while also making your roofing look finished and your house attractive.
3. New Flashing
The last to be installed when roofing services have completed your new roof is flashing.
Flashing covers the open, unsealed areas where shingles come together on the roof, as in corners, along angles, and around all roof protrusions.
Damaged and missing flashing is responsible for most of the leaks that develop on any roof, so it’s essential that it be in place and secure.
You should be sure that your contractor uses new flashing in all the appropriate places as used flashing that is bent and already has nail holes will not protect as well as new flashing would.
Ensure Your Roof Has Perfect Protection
Roofing that lasts its entire service life requires attention to detail and careful consideration when installing all the critical components that make up the whole system.
When hiring a contractor to replace your roof, make it clear that you want only quality underlayment, new flashing, as well as fascia and soffit if they are not already present.
These three vital elements will ensure that the money you spend on a new roof is a good investment to be sure that your roof is properly protected!