Friday, July 19th, 2019 by Emma Niemi
A durable roof is essential for all homes. Your roof is what protects you, your family, and your most valuable assets. Therefore, it's critical to have a solid roof that will stand up to even the harshest environmental conditions. Roofing is a strategic process and requires a series of multiple steps - steps that cannot be skipped. Think of it like baking. If you decide NOT to add a key ingredient, the whole recipe is compromised. All these steps are essential in building a durable and long-lasting roof.
We're going to walk you through the eight steps we do when installing EVERY new roof and why we do them.
Before adding anything new to the roof, it's essential to start with a clean and stable base. Our first step is to strip off the old roof, down to the clean decking. By getting down to the decking, we can see if there are any weak spots on the roof, excessive gaps in the plywood and or any rotten plywood.
2. Replace Bad Fascia or Decking
The second step is to replace any lousy fascia or decking. Again, we want to start with a solid base and go from there.
3. Apply the Leak Barrier
After any rotten fascia or decking has been replaced, the leak-barrier is the first thing to be put on. The job of the leak-barrier is just how it sounds, to create a barrier on your roof and assist in keeping water out of the most vulnerable areas (the eaves and rakes, in valleys, around chimneys, etc.). These leaks can be caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams. Without the leak barrier, your home is left susceptible to ceiling and interior wall staining from these leaks. By having a leak-barrier down, you can avoid the risk of these costly repairs.
4. Roof Deck Protection
The roof deck protection is the next step. A roof deck protector will provide an extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck. We use a UV-stabilized polypropylene underlayment that gives you an additional layer of protection between your shingles and roof deck.
5. Starter Strip Shingles
Starter strip shingles assist in guarding against shingle blow-offs. We use high-quality starter strip shingles that have a correctly positioned adhesive. The adhesive will tightly lock the shingles in place to prevent any shingle blow-off triggered by harsh weather conditions.
6. Lifetime Shingles
The lifetime shingles are then applied. Not only are they durable, but they come in a wide array of designer styles and colors. This allows you to match your home, taste, and budget.
7. Attic Ventilation
The next step is the ventilation and attic vents. The benefit of attic ventilation is that it helps remove excess heat and moisture to protect your roof from premature deterioration.
8. Ridge Cap Shingles
The ridge cap shingles are the finishing touch. The ridge cap shingles help defend against leaks at the hips and ridges.
Although each roof is unique, these are the eight essential steps we follow when replacing every roof. Have you checked out your roof in a while? Give us a call at 1-920-558-4182. We'd be happy to come on out and take a look at things for you and provide you with a free estimate.