From the outside, a roof appears as a layer of shingles. However, there is a lot going on in the inside of a high-performance GAF roofing system. Homeowners need to consider all components of the roof to get the best value, including parts that are hidden from sight.

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Let’s take a look beyond the shingles. What makes an energy efficient roof in 2020 and beyond?

GAF Roofing Products

Even the best roofing installation job can fall flat with poor quality products. That’s why it’s important to focus on premium choices such as GAF roofing products. 

Made from durable and top-quality materials, GAF roofing products can change the way your home looks and performs.

These products are designed to create a dry and comfortable home, free of mold and mildew while regulating energy levels.

This is an investment that protects your home for life!

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1. Lifetime Shingles

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While we are looking beyond the shingles, they are still a critical component of roof installation in Massachusetts. But what is the best type of shingles for your roof?

In New England, we experience a wide range of weather. Durable asphalt shingles are the best choice for enhancing roof performance and ensuring protection for your home 365 days per year.

GAF Timberline Shingles are a top-notch choice for New England homeowners. Coming in an array of stunning colors, they add depth and dimension to your curb appeal.

But these shingles are about more than simply looking beautiful. Their proprietary fusing technology creates a bond so strong that the shingles are guaranteed to never blow off. 

GAF’s Windproven infinite windspeed protection ensures the shingles withstand any type of wind gust or storm. There is NO maximum wind speed limitation for this warranty!

windproven infinite wind speed protection

This means that your shingles will remain in place, protecting your home from rain and all the elements we experience in New England.

2. Cobra Attic Ventilation

Your roof needs to breathe. Without adequate airflow, you may experience a large spike in energy bills along with mold or mildew growth.

This is where Cobra Attic Ventilation comes to the rescue. This powerful part of the roof installation process helps vent the attic, bringing critically important airflow inside.

Why do you need air in the attic? Aside from mold and mildew growth, it’s necessary for preventing ice dams in the winter. 

how ice dams form

Ice dams are dangerous and costly to New England homes. They can pull the gutter system off and even pull away parts of your roof!

With Cobra Attic ventilation from GAF roofing, you’re keeping yourself properly protected through the winter.

3. Roof Deck Protection

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As one of the components hidden beneath the shingles, roof deck protection is beneficial for several reasons. Primarily, roof deck protection shields the roof deck from moisture infiltration.

What happens if the roof deck gets wet? You’re in store for issues such as:

  • Evidence of mildew that looks like greenish or black soot-like powder
  • Mold growth, coming in colors such as green, brown, or white. Black mold is the most dangerous
  • Roof deck begins to rot, while the most extreme cases will lead to structural failure

GAF’s roof deck protection keeps your roof deck in tip-top shape while allowing moisture to escape. 

Bonus: roof deck protection also helps your shingles to lie flatter against the roof!

4. Starter Strip Shingles

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Shingle blow-off presents a myriad of issues for your roof and attic, including leaks and potential mold and mildew growth.

With starter strip shingles, they lock your roof shingles tightly in place to prevent blow-off. Top-of-the-line adhesive technology and correct positioning bonds the shingles to the roof, all while reducing landfill waste and eliminating shingle scraps. 

Starter strip shingles are the initial shingle products installed on the roof, where they are placed at the lower eave edge, gables, and rake edges. These shingles provide clean lines on your roof instead of uneven shingle edges, providing a completed look for your curb appeal.

5. Leak Barrier Protection

Yet another layer of important protection for your roof, leak barriers protect against wind-driven rains in vulnerable areas. Many homeowners ask what to do about a roof leak, and leak barrier protection can stop leaks and prevent costly upgrades.

Gutters, eaves, rakes, valleys, and chimneys are vulnerable areas for leaks, water damage, and ice dams.

What’s worse is that moisture can make its way through the ceiling, causing even more damage like the photo below.

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Photo of a roof leak on ceiling from Coastal Windows & Exteriors customer

When water backs up in your gutters or leaks around the chimney, GAF leak barrier protection keeps your home dry while providing peace of mind.

6. Hip and Ridge Cap Shingles

Hip and Ridge Cap Shingles

Did you know that Massachusetts gets an average of 43 inches of rainfall annually? (The national average is 30 inches).

With so much precipitation, it’s vital to protect against roof leaks—leading us to our final component of a high-performance roof.

GAF ridge cap shingles provide the finishing touch against leaks in your home. Because of their thick construction, they require extra adhesion in comparison to standard shingles. These products fit the ridge of the roof while also protecting against algae formation.

Important for protecting against rain and debris, GAF hip and ridge cap shingles will finish off the appearance of your new roof.

Get Quality GAF Roofing Systems

Coastal Windows & Exteriors is a GAF certified roofing contractor. With only a small percentage of contractors carrying this title, we proudly represent the industry’s best roofing contractors right here in Massachusetts. Furthermore, we are one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the nation, recently listed on Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550.

If you are looking for a roofing contract near you, we invite you to check out our monthly financing promotions, offering roof financing options and much more! Click here to contact us today or call us at (978) 817-7072 to get a quote for new GAF roof replacement in Massachusetts.