Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements. It protects your valuable possessions and contributes significantly to your home’s curb appeal. That said, it must be properly installed so you can maximize its benefits. Read on as A1 Roofing & Construction discusses the key characteristics of a correctly installed asphalt shingle roof.
Firstly, the layout of the shingles should be uniform, with each row straight and properly aligned. This not only ensures the effectiveness of your roofing but also contributes to your property’s aesthetics.
Proper Nailing Techniques
Next, consider the nails. Are they driven straight and flush with the shingle surface? Proper nailing techniques are the bedrock of a well-installed roof.
Correct Shingle Overhang
There should also be an appropriate overhang of shingles at the roof’s edge. It should not be too long or too short — but just right — to prevent damage to your home’s structure.
A properly installed roof has adequate ventilation. This ventilation protects your roofing system from excessive heat and moisture buildup, which could reduce your roof’s lifespan.
Properly Installed Flashing
Correctly installed flashing around the chimney, valleys and other roof protrusions is another sign of quality roof installation. It is crucial in protecting your home from leaks.
Roofing Components That Need to Be Correctly Installed
A roofing contractor pays attention to each component to ensure proper installation. Here are the main roofing components you should know about.
- Roof Deck – This is the base layer where the shingles are installed. It needs to be strong and in good condition to support the weight of the shingles and resist weather conditions.
- Underlayment – A protective barrier installed directly on the roof deck, the underlayment safeguards against water penetration, protecting your home from leaks.
- Flashing – These thin metal sheets are strategically placed on roof edges, valleys and junctions. The primary function of flashing is to redirect water flow and prevent leaks.
- Shingles – These are the primary defenses of your roof against environmental elements. Shingles should be evenly spaced, properly aligned and securely fastened for maximum effectiveness.
- Ventilation – Proper ventilation ensures the attic can breathe, helping to prevent heat and moisture buildup, which can lead to roof damage.
- Gutters – While they may not typically be considered part of the roofing system, gutters are crucial in directing water away from your roof and house.
Call Us for Expert Roof Installations!
A1 Roofing & Construction is your go-to partner for all your roofing needs in Newport, Tiverton and Providence, RI. For inquiries or consultations, call us at (401) 265-1019 or complete our contact form.