In past blogs we’ve talked about the different parts of the roofing system but never really talked about how these six key elements work together. If you have a roof leak and wonder why your roofer is giving you a quote with more than just shingles as part of your roof repair or replacement, this blog may help. Most roof replacements in Orlando require at least new shingles, flashing, and underlayment, sometimes more. Although any part of your roof can be the reason for a roof leak, one of the most common causes of roof leaks is your flashing. Here’s how they work together no matter what type of roofing material you choose.
1. Starter Shingles
Most homeowners choose architectural shingles which require a different starter shingle. If you look at a strip of architectural shingles, you’ll notice that they don’t have full coverage at the same layer. Because of this, a starter shingle is used to ensure your roof’s edge is fully protected. Tile and Metal roofing both have something called bird stops or edge strips that go into the raised edge of roof. This keeps birds and other pests out of the roof.
A common name for underlayment is felt paper. More and more roofers today use synthetic underlayment over felt paper because it’s stronger and lasts longer. It has two purposes. It not only gives your roof one more layer of protection against the elements but it also protects your shingles from the sap in your roof deck.
Flashing is an essential element of all roofs. It helps move the water around roof protrusions down the roof’s surface and into the gutters. One of the most common causes of roof leaks is poorly installed flashing. That’s how important flashing is to your roofing system.
Your roof must breathe, especially in the hot Orlando summers. Allowing the heat to escape from your attic helps your shingles last longer and your home stay cooler. Older homes typically have box vents or whirlybird vents while newer homes have ridge vents on the roof. Your soffits provide ventilation along the roof’s edge.
5. Roofing Material
The roofing material you choose is the most visible and largest element of your roofing system. Although most roof replacements in Orlando are shingles, tile and metal roofing are not far behind in popularity. Your roofer can help you understand the benefits of various materials and brands.
6. Hip and Ridge Shingles or Tile Caps
The finishing pieces of your roof are the pieces that go where the different panels of the roof join. Depending on your home’s style, this may be the peak of the roof or the ridges. Good roofers use the proper shingles or tile caps for this rather than just using standard shingles. Ask your roofer if they will be using hip and ridge shingles in your Orlando roof replacement.
If your roof replacement company quote doesn’t include an itemized list of what they’re using, ask. Spending a little more now for a properly installed roof will save you in roof repair and maintenance over the life of the roof. Russ Noyes Roofing always uses the best installation practices and has performed thousands of roof replacements in Orlando. Call 407-388-7700 to schedule your estimate today.