Roofing is not a job that can be performed without the proper tools and equipment. It requires a lot of effort, time, and energy to install a new roof or repair an existing one properly. Therefore, it is so important for roofers to have the right tools and products at their disposal when they are working on a project.
Roofers have their go-to products for installing and repairing roofs. The shingles themselves are the most important, of course, but what else goes into a roof repair or installation?
Here are some of the most common items that should be in every roofer’s toolbox:
The drip edge is a key part of any roof. Drip edges are usually made of metals like aluminum or steel and are installed at the eave of the roof to direct water away from home foundations, help prevent leaks and ice dams, and significantly increase the lifespan of your roof. Drip edges are required by code for new construction and should be inspected regularly for damage or deterioration.
The self-adhered underlayment provides an additional layer of protection for your roof, particularly around roof penetrations. It is attached to a roof deck prior to the installation of other roof protection materials, such as roofing felt or a ballasted roof membrane. It can withstand high temperatures as well as ice dams or heavy, wind-driven, rainfall, and extends the lifespan of any roof, allowing you to save on expensive repairs and replacement.
Hips and Ridges
Installing hip and ridge caps on your roof is one of the final steps in a new shingle installation, and it’s a necessary one. These caps protect your home from water damage by providing a water-resistant barrier between your shingles and your roof’s drip edge — or valley. They also add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, making it look finished and clean.
A ridge vent is a type of vent that sits along the peak of a roof, allowing heat to escape. Ridge vents improve ventilation by allowing hot air to escape through the top of your attic or overhanging deck and drawing cool air into the living space below. Ridge vents also help prevent problems with ice dams and make your home more energy efficient.
Although older homes may not have ridge vents, homeowners considering new roofs should strongly consider adding ridge vents.
Pipe and Vent Flashing
Roof penetrations such as portions of your roof interrupted by pipes, vents, HVAC vent stacks, and attic vents create vulnerable areas that need additional protection from the roofingelements. By installing pipe and vent flashing over these openings, roofers help ensure a tight seal that protects your property from the elements. Roofing contractors can also install rodent covers, which saves you hassle down the line when wildlife are looking to use these entry points as their own.
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The roof is the crowning feature on any home, and roofing materials are incredibly important. However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the materials that go into making your home’s exterior look beautiful. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. When you choose Matlock Roofing, we will explain all the different components that are an important part of protecting your home’s exterior. We use only the best materials and make sure they are properly installed. To ensure your roofs last for years to come. We’ll help you make the right decision for you and your family, while keeping within a budget that works for you.
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