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What are flashings?

Flashing is a general term used to describe some kind of water proofing on critical areas of your roof. Flashing can be aluminum (for chimneys, valleys & pipes) or flashing cements such as caulking & tar. Also self stick under-layment can be called "flashing" as well as Ice guard, ice & water shield and roofing tape.

What does roof deck preparation actually mean?

The roof deck refers to the exposed wood. "Prepping" the deck refers to replacing the bad wood,
re-nailing wood to help prevent warping or lifting, cleaning debris off the roof and pulling any protruding nails.

What brand of shingle roofing do you recommend?

When speaking of asphalt residential shingles, I usually recommend Owens Corning. At all of our locations, there is an Owens Corning manufacturing plant close by, which translates to less transportation, and less possibility of damage. All Owens Corning manufacturing plants have a tar manufacturing plant right next door. One very important fact is that Owens Corning manufacturing plants do quality checks every 2 minutes, so having a defective shingle is very unlikely. However, if there was a shingle defect, Owens Corning provides excellent warranties that keep you completely covered.

What are roof underlayments?

Roof under-laments are the membranes installed on the roof deck under the finished roofing shingle. Although felt paper is the most common, I prefer to Synthetic Underlayment for a few reasons. Synthetic underlayment is a polymer and is water resistant, so in the case that you get storm damage, it actually protects against water until you can get your damage repaired. Felt paper, on the other hand, absorbs water. Synthetic underlayment is also tear resistant which is not only good when providing protection against water, but it makes your roof safer for my crews to walk on while shingling. Ice and Water shield is a thick underlayment primarily used in valleys and around ventilation protruding from your roof.  It adheres directly to the decking of your roof and provides superior protection against ice and water.

Why might you need new gutters?

Gutters are a very important part of your house. Their sole purpose is to carry water away from the base of your house to prevent leaks in your basement, damage to your foundation, and soil erosion which could damage your landscaping Heavy downpour can also splash dirt up against the perimeter of your house, which can be unsightly. One other issue is, without gutters diverting water away from your house, the water can drip down your house, causing algae to grow and, in a lot of cases, rot the trim on your house.
You also want to keep an eye out for brown staining on the bottom of your gutters, which should alert to you that water is getting through at the areas where brown discoloration is growing.
Last but not least, if you see water dripping through the bottom of your gutters, you need to have them inspected.

What are gutter guards?

Gutter guards are pieces of metal or plastic with either holes or slits in them that lay over your gutter, keeping debris like leaves and pine straw out. Generally, you can tell if you need gutter guards simply by looking at your roof. Are there leaves or pine straw sitting in the valleys of your roof? Are your gutters overflowing with debris? If so, you probably need gutter guards. Once your gutters get clogged with debris, the water going down to your gutters will not drain properly and evaporates very slowly. When this happens, the perimeter of your roof is very prone to rot, that means replacing the decking, the fascia, the soffit, or all three. You may even need to replace felt and shingles. 

What is drip-edge 

Drip-edge is a y-shaped metal material that attaches around the perimeter of your roof. Its purpose is to allow water to fall directly into the gutter and prevent it from leaking onto your fascia. It also helps to prevent fascia from pulling away from your home.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

They are one of the most widely used roofing covers because they are relatively inexpensive and fairly simple to install.

Most manufactures offer a 5- to 10-year warranty against algae growth. Shingles are judged by warranty and ASTM test standards. We use the best quality shingles for the protection of your roof, home and family.

Flat Roofing

Built-Up Roof (BUR)
The traditional hot-tar-and-gravel roof is built from three or more plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and ballasted by a layer of smooth river stone. Generally, this is the cheapest way to go with a flat roof, its very fire retardant, and its an attractive look. However, it is very heavy and I don't like putting a BUR roof on a structure that didn't have one before.

Modified Bitumen
A single-ply rolled roof similar to ice-and-water shield, but impregnated with a mineral-based wear surface. Torch-down systems involve heating the adhesive as the material is unrolled. Newer peel-and-stick systems are safer and easier. The peel-and-stick material is light colored and reflects heat, thus cutting energy bills.

Rubber Membrane
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber. The durable material resembles an inner tube, but it's engineered to resist damage from sunlight. EPDM can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued. This material is very resistant to scuffs and tears and leaks are very easy to repair. This is the most expensive flat roofing material.

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