Weatherproofing A Roof

Many homeowners may wish to save some money and cut corners by installing their own roofs. However, unless the homeowner has some experience, there is a serious potential for installing the roof improperly, which could lead to the damage of the home’s structure and foundation. There a number of components that are responsible for making a home weatherproof, and if a step is missed, if the materials are improperly laid down or if the wrong materials are used, the homeowner could end up with an expensive mistake. As such, it is recommended that homeowners seek assistance from a Monmouth County Roofing contractor for their roofing needs.

There are four main components that help weatherproof the roof. These include the underlayment, vents, insulation and flashing. The underlayment and flashing are installed to keep moisture and water out. Roof vents and insulation help keep the roof temperature more constant, which can slow down the process of degradation.

Underlayment is a material that is installed over the substrate of the roof but under the outer roofing materials. This material is often made of felt that has been saturated with asphalt or made from synthetic materials.

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If, for example, the roof shingles should become dislodged during a storm, the underlayment provides a layer of protection for the wood substrate until the missing shingles can be replaced.

Flashing are thin pieces of metal or other materials that are installed around chimneys, valleys and other areas where shingles or tiles are not easily installed. The flashing protects the weak points in the roof and keeps water flowing away from the interior. Flashing can either be exposed or concealed depending on the home’s aesthetics; exposed flashing is often made from sheet metal while concealed flashing may be made from sheet metal or adhesive backed materials.

Roof vents are installed in attic spaces. These vents allow air to circulate throughout the attic space. When the sunlight heats up a roof, the air that is trapped within the attic also heats up. The vents allow this heated air to be circulated out of the attic, which in turn keeps the indoor air cooler. Insulation also assists by preventing heated air from traveling into the home’s interior and reducing the heat in the attic space. Homeowners often neglect these two components; however, extreme heat damages the roof, making it more likely for leaks to form.

Roofing technology is always advancing, meaning that new products that better protect the roof are always being introduced. A roofing contractor may be knowledgeable about the different types of flashing, insulation and underlayment that may be available and how to best install them. Have a question regarding new roofs or roof repairs? Ask the roofers from Fortified Roofing of Monmouth County NJ.

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Roof vents are small spaces placed in strategic locations throughout the roof to allow heated air to escape. Intake vents bring in cooler, outdoor air while exhaust vents remove the air that has been heated.

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If a skylight is not properly installed, there is the risk of leaks. Properly installed skylights have seals that keep moisture and water out; if the skylight is not sealed, water can seep through the cracks and into the home. Further, skylights have the potential to let too much heat into the home during the summer. In order to avoid this, skylights should be properly positioned so that they are not letting in the afternoon sun in the warmer months.

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