Roofing System Components

total-protection-layered-roofWhen it comes to a new roof, most homeowners think of the shingle. While this is a very important element of a protective roof, there are many other essential components to a solid roofing system. Let’s break it down:

Roof Deck
This is the bottom layer of wood planking upon which the rest of your roof is laid. When it comes time for a new roof, it is important to strip the top layers of roofing to reveal the roof deck below. Any signs of moisture, rot, or mold should be addressed. Sometimes just a small section of decking needs to be replaced.

Leak Barrier
This self-adhering membrane runs along the outer edges and eave lines of the roof. These areas are most prone to leakage with water runoff and ice damning occurring along the valleys and eaves of the roof. The leak barrier gives added protection where it’s needed most.

Roof Deck Protection
Also known as underlayment or roof felt, this layer of protection is the crucial middle man component between your roof deck and outer shingles. This synthetic underlayment material, or DeckArmor, provides a strong barrier to wind, rain, snow, and ice.

Starter Strip Shingles
Installed along the perimeter of the roof, these starter shingles have a sealant strip that fortifies the more vulnerable edges and eaves. These areas are most prone to wind and water damage so the starter strip gives added protection when that final layer of shingles goes down on top.

This is the final outer layer of defense against the elements and one of the most prominent aesthetic features of any home. Shingles range greatly in color, size, and type of material with various classifications of protection available. If you live in a region known for high winds and inevitable hail storms, a class 4 shingle is the highest rated shingle for impact resistance.

Ridge Vent and Cap
Finally, special attention is paid to the ridge line of the roof where proper ventilation is necessary. The ridge vent is designed to allow excess heat and moisture from within the home to escape while still protecting from the outside elements. Unique v-shaped ridge cap shingles are installed over the ridge vent to complete the roofing system.