The roof of your house provides great protection against the elements. Many homeowners don’t know, however, that it’s not just a single piece that’s blocking the sun’s rays, the rain, snow, wind and other elements. It is actually several layers and pieces fitted together cohesively working to protect you and your loved ones.
Whether you’re planning a roof replacement, repair or a new installation, it’s important to know about the main components of your roof. This helps you better understand maintenance work, as well as possible roof-related issues that may arise soon.
1. Insulation System and Rafter Vents
Insulation and vents help protect your home against excessive heat and moisture buildup in the attic. These elements work with the barriers and underlayment to give the roof a proper seal.
2. Ice and Water Barriers
These layers protect the areas of the roof where rainwater often flows or builds up, including the valleys, vents, base of the chimney and skylights. These barrier products also help prevent damage from ice dams—what forms when melting snow seeps below the shingles then refreezes, pushing the shingles out or worse, damaging them.
3. Ventilation Intake Vents
These are usually hollow “passageways” that allows for the intake and exhaust of air from the outside. This ventilation system helps cool down the other elements of the roof, protecting them from heat and moisture damage. It also plays a huge role in keeping the rest of the house cool.
This is an additional layer of protection sandwiched between the roof’s wood decking and the shingles. This protects against wind-driven rain, keeping the roof deck (and everything under it) from getting soaked.
This is the most prominent layer, which defines the look of the entire roof system. It’s also your house’s first layer of protection. During roof installation or repair, these need to have a proper seal to prevent blow-offs and water infiltration during bad weather.
The right shingles add durable beauty to your home. There are also hip and ridge shingles to top off the layers of roof protection. They add a finished look to your roof and also provide additional strength.
Working with a reliable residential roofing contractor gives you the peace of mind that you’re getting a complete roofing system that will last a long time. When looking for one, it’s always a good idea to start within your area, and with a company that has a trusted reputation.
For homeowners in Indianapolis and neighboring areas, John Peters Roofing is the name to trust. We are a locally owned business that has been serving the area for years, providing top-notch home improvement services. Get in touch with us at (317) 786-3315 today and find out why you should always insist on a professional.