Roofing Materials Residential
Welcome to the roofing materials residential page. Here we will discuss all of the materials that will be needed for your home improvement project. One of the most important items on your home is your roof it provides shelter against the elements eliminating interior damage.
It is not until you have a roof leak that you truly understand how important a sound roof is. Since the roof is such an important part of the home and plays such a vital role it is composed of several different materials to help combat the elements. Below we have listed the different materials that compose your roof and their role.
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Ice and water shield also known as ice and water granulate goes on before all other materials and provides great protection against the elements and water damage. It is often your only protection against ice dams.
Ice dams are where the ice builds up and freezes pushing water underneath of shingles causing leaks. The most common area for ice dams are in areas with a low pitch and by the eaves. That is why it is recommend you use ice and water on any roof with a pitch of less than 4/12. We recommend placing it in all valleys and on all eaves.
The next item installed on your roof is tar paper. It is often your only protection while you are installing your new roof. Tar paper comes in two different sizes known as weights. The two weights are 15lb felt and 30lb felt the difference is the thickness of the paper.
The 15lb felt covers 4 squares per roll and the 30lbs felt cover 2 squares per roll. For residential homes we highly recommend using 30 lbs felt as it is a thicker paper.
After your paper is installed the next item installed is drip edge. Drip edge is an aluminum material that protects the wood underneath of the shingles. It prevents water from gaining access to the sheeting which can cause rotting of the wood or can allow leaking.
There are two types of drip edge; standard drip edge and gutter apron. Gutter apron is placed on the eaves and leads the water to the gutter, while drip edge is placed on the remaining parts of the roof.
The next residential roofing material installed is starter strip. Installing starter strip is one of the easiest parts of the roofing process. The starter strip gives your first course of shingles something to adhere to prevent water from being able to work its way up underneath the first course of shingles.
The final item to be installed will be shingles. Shingles come in two major types dimensional and three tab. Dimensional is the most popular and almost always uses on new homes. They are a thicker and more durable shingles.
The roofing materials residential page also includes the following additional materials for your home.
Roofing boots- These will be used to cover vent pipes from the roof.
Box Vents- These are used to vent the roof
Ridge Vent- This is central venting system to vent the roof system to add life to the shingles
Coil roofing nails- Standards nails used to secure shingles and materials
Silicone-This is used to cover any exposed nails or seal any area that might allow access to the elements.
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