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Roofing professionals rely on expertise, experience, teamwork, and a hefty dose of bravery to install new roofs and repair existing ones. They’d never be able to do the superb jobs they do without the right set of tools and products, though.
If you are a homeowner who has never witnessed a roofer’s work in action, you might imagine that they’d bring ladders, safety equipment, a tools like hammers, tear-off bars, and knives to any job site — and you’d be correct. Modern roofing contractors additionally rely on innovative tools that have become indispensable. They include tarps that will catch old shingles and debris, strong magnets that can quickly locate any loose nails, and self-propelled dumpsters that make cleanup easier than ever before.
Which products do roofers rely on to finish the repair or installation job, though, beyond shingles themselves? You might be surprised.
The Product List
Self-adhering water barriers that can withstand high temperatures as well as ice dams or heavy, wind-driven, rainfall are installed under the weaker and more vulnerable areas of a roof to provide an additional layer of protection, particularly around roof penetrations. This self-adhered underlayment extends the lifespan of any roof.
In less vulnerable areas, synthetic underlayment is essential in covering the roof deck, as it plays an integral role in keeping moisture out.
Drip edges are installed to prevent water damage from impacting the roof and fascia. This type of flashing, which is usually made of metals like aluminum or steel, directs water away from your foundation, helps to prevent roof leaks, and reduces the risk of ice dam formation. Now required to meet code, a drip edge is a key part of any roof.
Hip and Ridge Caps
Hip and ridge caps are the “shingles” installed at the very peaks of your roof, as well as at the hips — the edges where two roof planes meet. These hip and ridge caps absolutely ensure that your new roof looks beautiful and finished. More than that, though, they also guard against leaks at crucial points.
Pipe and Vent Flashing
Roof penetrations — portions of your roof interrupted by pipes, vents, HVAC vent stacks, and attic vents — create weaker areas that need additional protection from the elements. Pipe and vent flashing, which roofing contractors install over the top of these penetrations, ensures a tight seal that protects your property from the elements. Flashing is sealed with roofing caulk and nailed to the deck for a tight fit.
Because roof penetrations also create entry points for wildlife such as raccoons, birds, and rats, roofers can install rodent covers here, too, saving you a lot of trouble down the line.
Ridge vents improve air circulation and help to keep the home cool in summer, as well as playing a role in the formation of ice dams. Although older homes may not have ridge vents, any homeowner having a new roof installed should strongly consider adding ridge vents.
This look at the products and materials roofers use shows that shingles are far from the only thing your roofing contractor will be working with — even if your roof shingles are by far the most prominent feature of a roof.
About Prime Roofing
If you need a quality roof for your home that’ll last- built with all the mentioned products above and more, then give Prime Roofing a call. We will gladly schedule a free assessment of your particular roof conditions and dimensions.