Your roof is the first line of defense to keeping your belongings and family safe and dry. We work hard to provide each client with the best roof available for their budget. We install shingles, as well as metal roofs.
The Roofing Process
STEP 1: REMOVE & DISPOSE
The first step to roofing is to tear off the existing roof. It is necessary to do this to determine if the underlying sheeting is damaged. It is important to change any damaged sheeting in order to prolong the life of your structure's new roof. Without tearing up the existing roof before laying a new roof, it may save you a couple thousand dollars now, but in the end it can severely deteriorate the life of your roof. It is highly recommended to take this important step.
STEP 2: REPAIR & REPLACE
After the existing roof has been removed and any damaged sheeting has been replaced, Ice & Water Shield is then applied to all eave edges, and any potential problem areas such as valleys, etc. The Ice & Water Shield is a roof leak barrier that provides an extra layer of protection against wind-driven rain and ice dams.
STEP 3: PROTECT & PROLONG
Once the Ice & Water Shield has been applied to all necessary areas of the roof, a synthetic underlayment is then used to cover the remaining exposed sheeting. There are times when felt is used, but synthetic underlayment is often chosen for its many advantages.
Synthetic vs. Felt?
Synthetic underlayment is an artificially manufactured material made from polypropylene, fiberglass, polyethylene and polyester. This is a light material that provides an efficient water barrier without adding unnecessary mass or weight to the roof.
Felt is essentially made from asphalt saturated paper that is used to increase the density of the underlayment. There is an increase in the water resistance property of felt with increasing weight. Felt is often avoided because it is extremely heavy, adding unnecessary mass and weight to the roof, and often is challenging to install.
STEP 4: STARTER SINGLES
Once the synthetic underlayment has been applied to the roof, it is time to start applying shingles. "Starter Shingles" are first applied to the roof's edge in order to protect the roof and to provide the hold-down features needed to supply high wind resistance at critical roof areas such as the eaves and rakes.
STEP 5: SHINGLES
Whatever style shingle has been chosen by the structure's owner is then applied to the remainder of the roof. It is important that the shingles be installed as per the manufacturer's specifications to ensure that the shingle warranty is valid. Using a contractor that is well versed in each manufacturer's installation method is equally important.
STEP 6: VENTING
If your roof is not vented properly it could lead to problems down the road that include but are not limited to: blistered shingles, ice dams, and frost in the attic. Taking these extra precautions ensures that it will prolong the life of your new roof.
Reasons for New Roof?
- A New Roof can Increase the Value of your Existing Structure, whether it is a Residential Home or a Commercial Building
- A New Roof is often needed when there has been damage to an existing roof due to Mother Nature's elements
- Other reason for a new roof maybe just the general warning signs due to normal wear and tear
Metal or Shingles?
As technology advances so do the options for building and the materials that become available to contractors. Shingles have always been a popular and affordable choice to use as a defense while covering your roof. But, metal roofs have become more and more popular and are more affordable and cost efficient than some may think. We install both types of roofing depending on your needs and likes. We can help you determine which option works best for you and your structure.