The Roofing Process

It's more than just slapping down some shingles, here is an outline of what to expect during the roofing process.

What Goes into a New Roof

A sound and water-tight roof is more than just nailing on the roofing shingles. There are several steps that must take place for the roofing job to be successful.

First, a sound structural deck must be in place to support the roof covering. Many times a roof leak occurs due to movement or failure of the roof decking or supports. When replacing an existing roof, it is important to thoroughly inspect the substrate surface for loose nailing, improper joints and connections, or evidence of wood rot or deterioration. We have uncovered numerous examples of fire-rated plywood sheeting which was applied as a safety requirement, and has since deteriorated from the heat exposure.

Second, the felt underlayment should be uniform and smooth and an additional layer of felt is then placed down over the old.

Third is the metal work. Metal drip edge is installed around all perimeter edges. Properly mitered corners and proper lapping is a detail many roofers overlook. We often find backward laps and cut square corners on homes we are called to repair or re-roof. All walls, headwalls and valleys should be metal-lined as well. At all junctures, we use a 3-piece flashing detail, recognized as the best method in the industry. All dead valleys and crickets are lined with a torch-down rubber membrane to assure maximum leak proofing in areas subject to excessive water flows or pressures.

Fourth, we use an ice and water shield underlayment around all vents and roof to wall areas. This is an added protection that we take on all our roofing projects. It's one of the many free upgrades we do that allows us to provide our customers with a 5-year no leak roof warranty.

Fifth, we replace all rubber boot jacks with lead jacks at no cost to the home owner. This is the area of your roof most vulnerable to possible leaks. Rubber exposed to the sun over years will eventually crack and allow water to penetrate under the roofing shingles.

Finally, the proper application of roofing shingles requires experience and attention to details. Use of chalk lines to keep courses straight, use of proper starters and cap shingles, installations over valleys, proper number and locations of nails all play a vital part in the integrity of your roof.

Finally, cleaning up and inspecting the work ensures a satisfactory completion for each job.

Our pride and reputation depend on strict adherence to all of the above. We can sum it all up with one word: INTEGRITY.

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