Like most homeowners, you probably imagine your roof as a single unit. In fact, all roofs are made up of several layers and components that work together to keep you and your family safe from wind, rain, hail, and whatever else Mother Nature has in store. Here’s a quick look at the essential parts of a quality roofing system:
• Top Layer
The roofing system’s top layer is the first line of defense against the elements. Depending on a homeowner’s preference, the top layer could be made of asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, metal sheets, or other materials. Whichever material a homeowner decides to use, it must allow water to efficiently run off into the gutter system.
The underlayment is the part just beneath the top layer of the roof. Though you can’t see the underlayment, it provides essential protection from wind and rain. The underlayment is often made of waterproof material in order to prevent determined water droplets from infiltrating your home.
Hot and cold air can cause the various components of a roofing system to expand and contract. Without the proper ventilation, a roof could suffer significant cracks and leaks. Professional roofers usually install ventilation along the ridges of the roof in such a way that water can’t seep through.
Though the warranty isn’t part of the roof’s physical structure, it is still very important. If something should go wrong with your roof in the future, you’ll be glad that you have a warranty. You should always hire a skilled contractor to install a new roof, since most roofing materials are only covered under the warranty if installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
If you have any questions about roofing, contact Fortress Roofing. Serving the Salt Lake area, our skilled roofers will gladly take a look at your existing roof and provide whatever roofing services you may require. Don’t let an aging roof put your home at risk. Call us today at (801) 205-6100.