251 Remodeling and our parent company, Alpha and Omega Construction, by extension has been in the roofing business for 10 years and have helped hundreds of home owners with their roof restoration.
Your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home; second only to the foundation. It is the first line of defense from all of the weather that affects our daily lives. From the pouring rain, to the blazing sun; from smashing hail, to hounding wind- your roof is meant to withstand against it all. If it's not, give us a call.
Time, heat, and weather can have a major impact on the condition of your roofing system. This is especially so if your roof is missing essential components such as: Ice and Water Barrier, Step/Endwall Flashing, or Proper Ventilation. A roof's most important job is to shed water. To achieve this, we take all of the previously mentioned items into consideration.
Proper Ventilation is key to giving your roof a lasting life span. Even the most deluxe shingles will never meet their expected life span if they are not properly ventilated. Luckily, 50 years of research within the roofing industry has revealed the secrets behind optimal ventilation strategies. To balance out the air flow within your roofing system, we often go back on the roof with a single length of ridge vent. Air will travel into your attic through vented soffit, the heat of the attic will cause the air to rise and be vented out of the ridge vent; where the resulting vacuum will pull more air in through the soffit. In situations where there are no vented soffits, or no eave overhang, we can install an inflow vent to bring that air into the space.
There are a few differing kinds of ridge ventilation made of different materials. Pictured to the right is an example of a shingle style ridge vent.
The one thing that you want less of in your roof are holes. Most homes are equipped with other types of vents that achieve the same thing as this vent does. IE: turbines and turtle vents. However, the more holes you have, the more potential leaks your roof may be open to; and while these vents may perform the same functions, you will need more of them to achieve optimal ventilation results.
Another area of vulnerability on your roofing system includes roof penetrations like chimneys and walls. In these areas, it is likely that previous construction would already have some kind of flashing. In instances where we are performing a restoration, it is important that we never reuse this flashing. The removal process will render this material ineffective at its primary function.
When 251 Remodeling is called upon, we always figure for new flashings to be installed. This, combined with Ice and Water Barrier, creates a cohesive water shedding system built to last for the life time of your roof.
This system is also employed around chimneys, and other roof penetrations like pipe jacks and furnace vents.
251 Remodeling will also adhere to local building codes as well as manufacturer specifications which sometimes includes valley metal.
Pictured here is Ice and Water Barrier and Synthetic Felt. These are two materials that are installed under your shingles. The synthetic felt's job is to wick moisture, that may have entered through condensation, away from your decking.
Ice and Water Barrier on the other hand, is a bit more complex in how it functions. This material is equipped with a sticky backing that adheres directly to your roof decking. Placing the Ice and Water Barrier here will prevent Ice damming from backing water into your eaves.
Water is a bi-polar molecule that tends to adhere to itself. This means that when water falls off of the eaves on your roof, it doesn't want to just fall straight off. Water will actually cling to the underside of your shingles on these eave edges. In instances of freezing rain, ice can form from these drops of water clinging to the underside of your shingles. Over time while exposed to cold weather, this ice can grow and form an ice dam which will catch and collect water at your eaves.
This back up of water, without defense or prevention against, can invade the decking at your eaves; causing eave rot which can get quite expensive in repairs. Ice and Water Barrier, when applied directly to the decking, forms a seal on your eave line which will prevent water from coming into contact with your decking.
This material is considered an essential in the roofing industry by today's standards. In fact, most building codes such as: the IBC, IRC, BOCA, and many state wide codes, all require the installation of Ice and Water Barrier within their roofing section. Many shingle manufacturers also recommend this product as they have deemed it an essential component to have in order to be covered under warranty.
Pictured here is decking seam tape. This material is required to be installed on the roof decking as part of the fortification provisions in Baldwin County. Its primary purpose is to seal the decking against possible water intrusion and to make the decking hold out longer against extremely high winds such as hurricane events. This material, combined with advanced nailing techniques, Synthetic Felt and Ice & Water Barrier make up the fortified roofing system. Another boon to fortifying your roof is the lowered insurance premiums!
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