Roofing and Your Home
Roofing is one of the most important aspects of building a home. It will protect
your new home from the elements, and hopefully keep doing so for many years. I want to
cover items on this page that will help you get a quality roof that will last a long time.
The first thing that I want to encourage you to do is make sure you choose a competent Roofing Contractor . Take your time prior to construction and
check their references. We had a couple of leaks and our contractor
honored his 5 year warranty and fixed them promptly.
I am going to take a little time to talk about Roof Decking (Sheathing). You have a
several choices in roof decking. You can put up straight particleboard (chipboard),
standard CDX plywood or what we chose TechSheild.
Radiant Barrier Sheathing reflects heat back out of the attic. If you look in the picture
above of the attic during construction you will notice the TechShield has a shiny bottom
side. This shiny side is a reflective barrier that radiates heat back out of the attic lowering
the temperature in the attic. This of course lowers power bills in the summer. TechShield
is more expensive than regular plywood but will pay for itself in energy savings.
A few things to watch out for when your decking is installed:
- Make sure the decking is installed to the edge of the roof and under the flashing. Our
decking in a couple of sections was one inch short and the roofing shingles sagged into
the void after the first summer, causing a leak at the lower edge of the roof in two places.
We had to tear out the places and repair them. If I had caught this during construction it
would have been easier. By the way my roofing contractor did this at no charge under
warranty. Choose your Roofing
- Make certain that the Drip edge or Flashing is installed properly. The first drip edge
was installed improperly and would have leaked. Often the contractors will get in a hurry and
that is when mistakes happen.
- Cover your Decking as soon as possible with roofing felt to keep it from being
damaged by rain. A couple of rainy days won't damage it, but a couple of weeks will
warp and swell the edges causing an irregular roof.
Install ridge vents to help heat escape out of the attic. Ridge vents run the
length of the roof ridge and are usually made of plastic. The vent is designed
to let hot air out and not let water or debris in. Make sure this is part of
the bid price for your roofing project. Ridge vents make a big difference in
your cooling bills in the summer.
Roofing Felt is the black material that you see the roofer's roll out and nail down prior to
installing roofing shingles. I would encourage you to ask your roofer to use 30# felt
instead of 15# felt that is commonly used. 30# felt offers more protection and is more
durable. Also request they use roofing felt nails with the large plastic heads. This will hold
the paper better and tearing will be minimized if a strong wind comes up prior to the
roofing shingles being installed.
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