What should your new roof consist of

What should your new roof consist of?

When you have already discussed Contractor options it's important that your roofing contractor applies all the important parts necessary to make sure your roof is in good shape. By providing your roof with all of the essentials, this ensures you will have a strong reinforced roof to keep you and your family safe.

Your roofing contractor will and should remove any existing shingles and underlayment from your previous and old roof installation. By cleaning off everything, your roof should be left exposed to plywood. This is called the roof deck. Inspection of each sheet of plywood is important to make sure we have a strong area to step on during installation, and to prevent further damage down the road. 

Leak Barriers are used in areas where they often experience the most exposure to water and wind-driven rain, which are prone to leaks. The leak barriers are self-adhering membranes that are installed in the potentially exposed areas of the roof. 

Roof Deck Protection is next. This underlayment protects the exposed surface of the roof deck. It helps guard against wind-driven rain and keeps your roof as dry as possible. 

Starter Strips Shingles are placed prior to starting your shingle installation. These special shingles are placed at the eaves to help prevent shingle blow-off. Each of the starter strips includes a properly positioned sealant applied at the factory that sticks to the first outermost layer of shingles to keep strong storms from lifting a shingle.

Proper Roof Ventilation. A balanced attic ventilation system will allow cool, and dry air to enter the attic and push the moist and hot air out through the exhaust vents. This not only helps elongate the life of your roof but provides more energy efficiency to your home. (Read more about Roof Ventilation in our blog)

If you decide to do a ridge vent system, make sure to get matching ridge caps to match your new roof shingles. The beautiful thing about the ridge caps is that it emphasizes the hips and ridges of your roof.

Chimney Flashing is another key component to take care of if you’re having your roof done. Proper flashing around your chimney is crucial to avoid leaks and potential damage to your new roof. Your contractor should inspect these areas before new installation to make sure they are properly sealed up. 

Exhaust pipe Flashing Any previous exhaust piping should be flashed properly similarly, for the same reasons.

Skylight Flashing Whether you are installing a new skylight or just checking the original, have your contractor check and inspect these areas to make sure they seal any potential hazard for leaks. In the photo that is demonstrated, make sure they take the precautions necessary to have proper flashings.

But of course, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us to discuss what you may need. Always consider Power Construction for your roofing needs.

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