Many homeowners seem to be under the impression that the most important part of their roof is the covering. On the contrary, it is really the overall construction of a roof that makes it a good one. In regions prone to storms and strong winds, a well-reinforced roof keeps it from being blown apart. Moreover, in regions with heavy rain and snowfall, a good roof consists of several fundamental components.
Starter strips are shingles placed on the eaves of a roof. These are placed first among the other shingles and fastened to the roof. This keeps it, and the other shingles fastened to it, from falling or being blown apart during a storm. Another special type of shingle is the ridge cap. Ridge caps are placed on the topmost ridge of the roof to keep rain from seeping in-between.
Even if some water seeps in-between the shingles, an ice and water shield can keep water from seeping into the rafters and ceilings. An ice and water shield is a self-adhering underlayment. It is a waterproof sheet made of a rubberized asphalt substance flattened into a sheet that looks like felt paper. While leaks can still occur in tar paper, it is not the case with an ice and water shield because the material also adheres to the shaft of nails placed on it.
A reinforced, breathable underlayment is also installed with the ice and water shield to allow moisture already inside the roofing system to 'breathe' out. This prevents mold from growing inside a house. This 'deck armor' is made of ultraviolet-stabilized polypropylene, allowing it to resist ultraviolet destruction even with continuous exposure to sunlight.
Michigan roofing contractors normally put flashing on roofs. These metal sheets are put in-between roofs and dormers, walls and chimneys, or vents. These metal sheets prevent water from seeping through the gaps that may be present, which prevents water damage from occurring.
Much water damage occurs because of heaps of snow that harden and melt into the roof. Proper ventilation can prevent snow from hardening into ice dams, which in turn prevents damage. With this in mind, roofing MI homes involves installing new vent pipes and flashing to enhance ventilation and prevent further degradation.
Finally, the roof shingles should be chosen carefully when roofing Michigan homes. Metal roofs are efficient roofing materials, suitable for almost any climate because these last very long and are durable. Some homeowners may also choose asphalt shingles-which are fiberglass shingles covered in asphalt-making it very strong and waterproof. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to visit nrca.net/