everything is finally taken care of and I am ready to install my
new roof. How many steps are actually involved in the process?"
a manufacturer of quality shingles, suggests using a five step
process in the installation of new roofs. Although the following
describes a shingle application, many roofing specialists follow
this method for most other types of roofing as well. This assures
that home/business owner may avoid potential problems down the
Step 1: A
quality leak barrier
creates a 100% watertight seal that keeps water out at
the most vulnerable areas of your roof
(at the eaves and rakes, in valleys, around chimneys, etc.).
This protects your home
by preventing costly repairs due to wall or ceiling staining.
It also prevents leaks
due to water damming in your gutters or wind-driven rain.
Step 2: Quality
roof deck protection, often referred to as tar paper or
felt, prevents wind-driven
rain from infiltrating under your
shingles and causing damage to your roof structure or the inside
of your home, by providing
an extra layer of protection between
your shingles and your roof deck. It
also helps reduce shingle blow-off
by allowing your shingles to lay flat and uniform.
Step 3: Quality
shingles are the key to any good roof. Using a lesser grade
product or cutting corners here will often prove to be costly
in future repairs.
Step 4: Proper
attic ventilation allows
a continuous flow of outside air through the attic, protecting
the efficiency of the attic insulation and helping to lower temperatures
in the summer. It also prevents mildew growth, warping of wood
framing, damage to siding, damage to interior / exterior paint
and premature aging of your roofing system. For more details on
this, we recommend going to GAF's website, where they explain
this in full detail.
cap shingles are the "final touch" that not only
beautify, but also protect the most "high stress" areas
of your roofing system, the hips and ridges.