The Basics of Residential Roofing

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into a residential roofing project, this quick video will walk you through the six basic layers of a new roof. Read on to learn about the six primary roofing layers.

High Performance Leak Barrier

It’s important to prevent any future leaks when completing a roofing project. This is generally included as the base layer in areas such as eaves and valleys to reinforce vulnerable areas of the roof with a leak barrier.


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Roof Deck Protection

Traditionally, roof felt has been installed in this stage of the roofing process. However, roof felt can disintegrate with age and is less reliable than newer, higher-quality roof deck protection. This layer is essential to preventing any wind-driven rain or moisture from penetrating the roof below shingles.

Metal Drip Edge

This edge provides a clean, finished look to your new roof, but it also functions to drive water away from the roof and into your gutters.

Starter Strip

Shingle starter strips are designed to create a fully-sealed edge at the base of your new roof. This row of shingles will create a water-tight barrier for added leak protection.

Shingles

This is the most recognizable step of any roofing project.

Roof Cap & Shingle

The roof cap is an extra barrier that’s placed over any peaks in your roof. This covers the vulnerable space between shingle rows on each side. A special roof cap shingle then completes the look.

There are, of course, variations to this process that are utilized in specialty roofing projects.

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