Do you feel like your roofing contractor may as well be speaking Klingon?
And being a homeowner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an expert in home renovation. For example, I know a certain guy who (ahem) blogs about roofing and is the proverbial “guy you put on tool restriction” whenever renovations take place (confession: I’ve never even been on my roof. I mean, why would I, right?).
So, since we believe roofing lingo (and the entire roofing process, for that matter) shouldn’t sound like Klingon, here’s a handy guide that will help you talk-the-roofing-talk when speaking with your contractor. It could also help you avoid making a costly mistake when deciding which contractor you’ll entrust your roofing project to.
Ventilation - This refers to the ratio of cool air, or “intake”, coming into the attic, to warmer air, or “exhaust”, exiting. Have you ever seen roof shingles that looked ‘curled’ or even burnt? This is a sign that there is a hazardous imbalance in the intake/exhaust ratio of the home’s ventilation system. Poor ventilation can reduce the longevity and effectiveness of a new roof system, forcing you to replace it much sooner — and at a much higher cost. Always have your ventilation checked and invest in correcting it, if needed. It will pay off in the long run!
Ridge Vent - This refers to a common type of ventilation exhaust system for your roof. Not all roofs are candidates for ridge vent and there are many types of ventilation exhaust systems available. Whatever the system, ventilation is a critical component in ensuring the longevity of your roof.
Ice and Water Shield - This is the material placed in all valleys and penetrations of your roof, some of the places most likely to leak. It’s designed to prevent water from leaking onto, and rotting out, your decking. Like Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal.
Underlayment - Also known as ‘felt’, this is a layer of protection that is placed over the decking. In today’s day and age, underlayment is typically a synthetic material and its main function is to prevent moisture from penetrating into the decking.
Class IV IR Shingle - The “IR” (Impact Resistant) refers to it’s impact resistant qualities. Are all IR shingles created equal? Yes; no matter who the manufacturer, the Class IV rating is based on testing standards of the Underwriting Laboratories (UL). A home with IR shingles is looked upon favorably by insurance companies and can even result in reduced premiums.
To learn more about what to expect from the roofing process, and the components of your roofing system, click here.
Posted on 3/2/2015 at 2:44:00 AM