A roofing project of any size can’t successfully be completed without quality workmanship and the right materials. Showing up to the site without the proper materials or the correct amount of materials will only reflect poorly on you and your company. Impress your customers by showing up prepared and getting the job done correctly by bringing along the items on this checklist.
Starter Strip Shingles
Starter shingles or starter strips are installed to prevent water penetration. They are the first set of long shingles installed around roof edges to help prevent shingle blow-off. Starter strips are placed below roof shingles and don’t have a specific color system. Starter strips follow a rectangular design, and they’re made of the same material as asphalt shingles: fiberglass. Always check with your manufacturer because some shingles may require a specific type of starter strip.
Flashing also helps to prevent water from seeping into your home. It is designed to prevent water leaks by directing rainwater away from openings in the roof. Instead of leaking into your home, water runs off and into your gutter system. Flashing is available in many different materials. Materials include aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, lead, and PVC. It is essential to have a sufficient amount of roof flashing to cover all vulnerable areas. Flashing must be installed around areas such as chimneys, pipes, valleys, edges, and walls.
Roof Underlayment/ Deck Protection
Roof underlayment is applied to the surface of your roof before installation begins. It is not visible once the roof is complete, and it helps to protect your home from weather and storms and prevents rot and mold. If the top layer of your roof suffers from a leak, this is where the underlayment comes in to protect your home from water/ debris. There are three types of underlayment: asphalt-saturated felt, non-bitumen synthetic underlayment, and rubberized asphalt. The first two materials are water-resistant, and the last material is water-proof.
Roof sheathing, also known as roof decking, is the process of attaching a solid layer of wood boards to your roof’s trusses and joists. Shingles are then attached to the sheathing. The primary duty of sheathing boards is to strengthen a home’s roof. It provides a sturdy foundation on which the rest of the roof system is built. The sheathing is typically made of plywood or OSB (oriented strand board.) Without sheathing, a roof is much more likely to leak. The sheathing also helps to distribute weight evenly across your roof. They ensure that heavy weights of precipitation and snow don’t cause sagging or bowing.
Proper ventilation is vital for a long-lasting roof. Roof vents are responsible for creating adequate airflow, which reduces moisture that can build up inside an attic. Unneeded water can be responsible for damage to almost any area of your roof. Attics without proper ventilation see mold grow as moisture is not expelled. Attic vent systems must have a balanced level of air coming in and air going out. An equal flow reduces overheating and moisture build-up, which reduces damage to your roof.
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