When it comes to roof enemies, New England checks a lot of boxes: hot sun in the summer, snow and ice in the winter, rain and wind, condensation from temperature shifts, moss and algae growth. Our roofs are exposed to a lot of wear and tear, which is why your choice of materials is key. Here, we share some of the rudiments of roofing for when your home or business needs a new top.
Roofing: The vagaries of New England weather require a roofing solution that holds up to every extreme. Today’s shingles come in a wide range of styles and colors to help you achieve the look you want for your home, along with the strength you require. Metal roofs provide another durable solution designed to stand up to the rigors of our region.
Underlayment: Used between roofing and siding, felt paper or asphalt felt paper underlayment provides additional protection against water. Synthetic options also serve as vapor barriers.
Ice and water barriers: The areas around vents, dormers, eaves, chimneys, skylights and more are especially vulnerable. Ice and water shield underlayment, also called flashing, can help prevent damage and leaks.
Venting: A key consideration for roof design and installation, proper ventilation prevents the buildup of moisture from condensation which can cause rafters, underlayment, insulation and shingles to mold and rot. Along with proper insulation, venting helps to keep your roof cold in the winter, which will prevent ice dams from forming. It’s also important in preventing your heating and cooling systems from working overtime.
Protecting Your Investment
Once you’ve invested in a sound roof, you’ll want to take steps to protect that investment. This includes:
- Addressing problems immediately. A single torn or missing shingle can be easily replaced. The longer you let it go, the more quickly the damage will spread, both inside and outside your home.
- Washing to remove moss and algae. If your roof doesn’t get enough sun, it can be prone to moss and algae, which retain moisture and lead to rot. Cleaning products are available to safely remove the growth and renew the look of your roof.
- Trimming overhanging growth. Trees and limbs that scratch and bang into your roof can damage the shingles or even puncture a hole.
- Removing leaves from roof and gutters. Blocked gutters can cause water to back up under your roof, and matted leaves on the roof can quickly lead to rot.
Everything You Need, Under One Roof
Whether it’s time for a new roof or you are building new construction, we offer all the materials and tools you need under one roof. If you’re not sure what you need or want, our experts are happy to provide advice and information, from the rudiments of roofing to the most complex questions. Contact us or stop by our store, and we’ll help you get the job done.