What is a roof system?
First of all, when re-roofing Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors always recommends installing a complete roofing system. Put simply, a roof system is just the components that when installed together make up a quality roof. Many systems, such as the Lifetime Roofing System by GAF come backed by lifetime warranties protecting the homeowner’s investment for years to come.
Anatomy of a Roof System
Generally, the roof system is made up of three parts:
These three parts are then broken into smaller components. Refer to the image below as we go over some of these key elements of your roof.
The decking is the actual wood covering of your roof. This is usually made up of OSB or plywood. The sheets of decking should be spaced no more than 1/4″ apart.
- Roof Deck Protection
A layer of deck protection is installed directly over the decking. Depending on the pitch of your roof and the building codes in your area, either 15 lb or 30 lb felt is installed. This underlayment serves two purposes. First, it provides temporary protection to the decking until the shingles can be installed. The felt acts as another layer of moisture protection within the roof system after the rest of the roof is completed,
- Leak Barrier
A leak barrier is installed in the valleys, along the rakes, and on the eaves. It is in these areas that a leak is most likely to occur. The leak barrier serves as yet another layer of protection for your roof.
- Starter Strip
The starter strip is the first layer of shingles that is applied at the bottom of your roof. Pre-cut starter strips save time and waste. They also provide added protection against blow-offs because of their special adhesive strip.
- Quality Shingles
At Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors, we only install high quality shingles. From a practical point of view, these shingles serve as your home’s biggest line of defense from the elements. Quality shingles are also aesthetically pleasing, and will improve the overall look of your home.
- Ridge Cap
Ridge cap is installed on the hips and ridges of your roof. This element of your roof system places extra protection at some of your roof’s most vulnerable points.
- Attic Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation is a necessary element of your roof system. Moisture can accumulate in the attic and damage your roof from below without proper ventilation
- Accessory Paint
Accessory paint is used mainly for aesthetics. The penetrations are painted to match the color of the shingles allowing them to blend in; vents and pipes for example.
What is the next step?
Having a complete roof system gives your roof as much protection as possible. We are your Colorado Springs Master Elite Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor. Avalanche Roofing & Exteriors is very skilled at installing GAF roofing systems. Contact us today and schedule your free roof inspection!
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