While we don’t think a lot about our roof until we experience leaks or high energy bills, the truth is that it is a very important part of your home. It protects your family from the elements, lowers energy bills, and also impacts indoor comfort.
While you only see shingles on the outside of your home, roof replacement is far more than a one-dimensional upgrade. In fact, there are many important components when it comes to new roofing—and these are the essential building blocks that you need to know.
Asphalt Roof Shingles: Protection from the Elements
Serving as the ultimate protection against the elements, shingles are one of the first components homeowners think about with roof replacement. In MA and throughout New England, asphalt roofs are cost-effective, high-performance, and even last for life!
Not only is the material of the shingles important, but so is the installation process. Roof installation in MA should be handled by professional roofing contractors—otherwise, you risk downgrading your investment and even causing failure in performance.
For example, roofing in our area should have zinc-coated nails that reach into the roof deck by ¾” inch. If the shingles aren’t correctly installed they’ll blow away in the wind, resulting in damage ranging from holes in your roof to mold and mildew in the attic!
Not only are your shingles critical for protecting your attic, so is the roof deck. Here’s what you need to know about the backbone of this roofing component.
Roof Deck: The Backbone of Your New Roof
If you’re having trouble with high energy bills, one of the issues may stem from your roof deck. A roof deck is the backbone of your new roof replacement upgrade. There are many different material types for a roof deck, including:
- Wood planking
- Cementitious wood fiber
A good roof deck provides a foundation that can improve performance. This component must be properly designed to ensure that it does not collect an overload of moisture. If moisture builds up in the roof deck, this is yet another occurrence where mold and mildew can grow.
Another issue that can arise with a bad roof deck is wood rot. Eventually, the wood can rot out completely, resulting in a hole in your roof that is entirely exposed to the elements. This allows both the elements and critters to enter your home!
You don’t want to underestimate the importance of a roof deck, but you also want to forget another critical aspect of roofing: ventilation.
The Critical Importance of Roof Ventilation
Having airflow through your attic is an essential aspect of roof replacement. Inadequate ventilation puts your home at risk for overheating in the summer, causing energy bills to skyrocket. With the average electric bill coming in around $100/month in Massachusetts, bad ventilation can cause this bill to raise substantially.
Roof ventilation isn’t important only in the summer. You can run into issues in the winter such as ice dams if your roof ventilation isn’t in check.
This is when your roof becomes too warm and the snow on your home melts off your roof, causing it to collect in the gutter system and turn to ice. Ice dams are dangerous because they can pull the gutters right off your home and even parts of your roof!
How do you know if your roof is properly ventilated? First, make sure your roof has any vents at all. You’ll find them located in areas such as the ridge or soffit. You can also get clues from your energy bills or if you have ever experienced issues with ice dams over the winter.
For more information about roof ventilation, view our video below:
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