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Telegramthat Roofing Contractors know that a Roof is more than just a Roof. Just like an automobile is made of many different parts, a Roof is made up of many different parts as well, each part working harmoniously with the next to keep comfort in your home. A Complete Roof System is made of several different types of metal, leak barriers, under-layers, quality shingles ie: asphalt shingles, wood shakes, clay tiles, metal tiles or rubber tiles. It also includes the wood roof deck under the shingles, cosmetically appealing ridge caps and a balanced ventilation system. Learn all about A Complete Roof System in this site.
The roof on your home or business is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your real estate property investment! Roofs are generally the most expensive single item that property owners will replace. When it’s time to have a new roofing system installed, it is often difficult to know which roofer to hire for the job! Homeowners should be skeptical of hiring their roofer based on price alone. When hiring a roofer, you generally will get exactly what you pay for! Hiring a roofer solely because they provided the lowest bid may result in a poor quality roof that may leak and diminish the curb appeal of your home. Hiring a roofer can be confusing, but property owners can be confident that they are hiring the absolute best roofer for their specific roofing needs by following a few important steps.
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There is no shortage of roofing contractors and remodeling companies. However, excellent roofers which excel in quality and detail are next to impossible to find. Most are quite competent, but many lack the attention to detail that will ensure a problem free roof installation for years to come.
While most homeowners do not have any experience with construction, it would behoove the homeowner to perform a little research over the course of one afternoon in order to become familiar with the process and materials involved when replacing a roof. The internet is a useful tool for just that purpose.
Standard roofing materials in the past included shingles, roofing felt or paper, roofing nails, and galvanized flashing. While many of these materials have not changed, there are newer types of materials such as peel-and-stick flashing and plastic trim.
Peel-and-Stick flashing is actually a waterproof tar membrane that is used on roof joints, edges, and corners. An interesting and beneficial quality of this material is that it has the ability to self seal should it be pierced by a roofing nail. In northern climates where snow and ice can prove to be a problem, it is especially crucial that joints are sealed effectively from the seeping water and ice. This newer flashing makes this sealing mush faster and easier.
Plastic trim, which is actually cellular PVC, is another newer roofing product that can also be used on other parts of the home. After mitering, routing, and being painted, this material is virtually indistinguishable from genuine wood by professional carpenters. The huge advantage of using PVC is that it is impervious to damage such as rotting, warping, and fading.
There is more than the quality of materials used by roofers. Proper detailed installation is also key. An excellent example of this is the starter strip of shingles placed at the eaves edge. Many builders in the south place the shingles bottom edge exactly at the edge of the roof sheathing. They are relying heavily on the flashing along the edge to prevent water seepage and damage from occurring. It's much wiser to have a slight overhang of a quarter inch to 3/8 of an inch just in case gutters are present or a future possibility.
When re-roofing involving dormers are involved, special attention must be given to where the dormer meets the roof sheathing. Flashing should be extended up the sides of the dormer a good amount to prevent snow fall and ice from creeping up under the siding. The outside of the siding may need to be sealed as well depending on the siding material and the climate of the region.region.
Quality is determined by the little details that usually go unnoticed by most contractors and homeowners. Many of these details are only apparent in the middle of the roof installation so it is a wise idea to ask questions before choosing a contractor. The key to a solid and long lasting roof is the quality and type of materials as well as the installation methods. Different climates and regions of the country will dictate which materials and installation methods are best. An experienced contractor which provides local references should be checked out. This is the best way to get a good picture of what is in store. Often the lowest quote is not the best option, so the homeowner should be diligent in checking references of past jobs.
Contact us today for a free roof inspection or roof estimate to repair or replace your existing roof system.