The roof is your home’s primary defense system against harsh weather elements, such as extreme heat and heavy rainfall. For many homeowners, the asphalt shingle is the go-to roofing choice when it comes to efficiently protecting their properties. In order to perform its important functions, there are a series of roofing components that work together to form a complete system.
1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles are the outermost layer of the system. They provide the waterproofing surface and create the multi-colored aesthetic look for your home. This type of roof covering is widely used across North America.
2. Underlayment: The underlayment is a thin layer of cushioning made from various materials, such as sponge rubber, foam and felt. It is installed directly beneath the asphalt shingles, providing an additional barrier against persisting water leaks. It is also where insulation against sound, moisture or heat can be found.
3. Ice and water barriers: Ice and water shield protects the vulnerable parts of your roof against ice dams or water flows. Roof experts typically install this component around chimneys, valleys and other penetrations in the roof.
4. Starter strip products: For asphalt shingles to be properly installed, there needs to be a row of sealant that helps prevent shingle blow-offs or water infiltration. Adequate time and temperature must be observed for sealants to cure completely.
5. Hip and ridge products: Hip and ridge shingles act as the finishing touch for your roof. They provide a protective bridge to bring two slopes of a roof together, and are responsible for making your roof weathertight.
6. Ventilation system: An efficient asphalt shingle roof has a ventilation system. It allows excessive moisture and stale air to escape from the attic, preventing untimely calls for a roof repair service.
If you’re planning to give your home an exterior uplift, don’t hesitate to contact Brownstone Roofing. No matter the size of the project, we will make sure to dedicate our time and energy to meet your home needs. You may call our team at (502) 443-9222 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our service areas include New Albany, IN, and nearby areas.