The solution isn’t always a new roof, but you never want to compromise the safety of your home in exchange for getting that elusive “one extra year” out of your old roof. Moisture in attics and inside walls creates an environment for mold to grow and causes wood to rot, which weakens the structure of your home. If the damage is ignored, ceilings and walls can saturate, sag, and eventually collapse.
Signs of Wear:
- Curled, cracked or deteriorated shingles
- Interior damage from roof leaks
- Granuals worn off of shingle surface
- Physical damage from impact or animals
If you have any concerns about the condition of your roof, skylights, vents, or other exterior features, feel free to give us a call and we will have a representative conduct a free roof inspection on your home.
- Protect home by covering landscaping, driveway, and walkways as needed
- Remove all existing layers and vents down to the original plywood decking
- Remove & replace damaged or rotting wood as needed, nail down loose boards
- Install building code-compliant Ice & Water Shield along eves and valleys, and around pipe vents, chimneys, skylights, and furnace vent pipes.
- Install Synthetic Underlayment over all remaining wood surfaces
- Install “Starter Strips” on eves and gable edges as required
- Install new shingles chosen by homeowner
- Install new plumbing pipe flashings
- Install new roof ventilation
- Install new kitchen/bath vents as needed
- Clean up and remove all debris
It is important for the homeowner to understand the anatomy of a roof so that they know the function and value of each layer of materials (yes, there’s more to it than just wood and shingles). The underlayment is a waterproof layer that covers the entire roof beneath the shingles, except where ice and water shield (along eves, in valleys, and around features) is installed. While the shingles form a solid, physical barrier from the elements, the underlayment protects the structure of your roof from any moisture that may get through from harsh weather conditions.
Traditional felt underlayment has been the standard in the roofing industry for many years, but has recently been surpassed by synthetic underlayment, which comes standard on every roof we install. Synthetic comes at a higher cost, but is superior to traditional felt in every way. It is 100% waterproof, virtually impossible to tear, safer for installers, lighter in weight, and has excellent UV resistance. Synthetic felt underlayment also comes with its own 30-year warranty, while standard felt has no warranty.
As part of our roof inspection, we check your existing roofing ventilation to determine if more is needed. Every roof we install comes with brand new vents to replace the existing vents, which are usually scratched, worn, and/or dented. If desired, we can install “ridge vent” that runs along the ridges (peaks) of your roof, eliminating the need for ventilation ports along the surface of the roof while being far less noticeable from the ground.
Why Is Ventilation Important?
A properly ventilated roof will keep the attic temperature within 10 degrees of the outside temperature. This range provides the ideal buffer between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, especially in the winter, which saves energy and reduces the costs of heating and air conditioning. More importantly, however, proper ventilation allows enough air flow through your attic to keep moisture (condensation) from forming on structural surfaces.
Nothing brightens up a room better than a new skylight! Velux and Wasco make excellent skylights with durable glass and fully waterproofed construction. Our experienced installers can replace existing skylights or install new ones. We only install quality materials, so you can be sure that your new skylights will be properly insulated, fitted, and sealed for a long-lasting addition to your home.