Roof repairs and restorations are not easy to do. This is why most DIYers stay away and let the professionals handle the job. A roof is designed for protection, stability, and appearance. The first two are the most important aspects with appearance a close third in terms of a home’s value.
Whether tackling the job on your own or using the services of a professional in order for a roof to perform well it has to be reinforced. Here are some important things about strengthening a roof that helps you install the right way or make sure those you hire to do the job right.
Install a Drip Edge
A drip edge is an important part of a roof because it helps a roof better resist the weather. A drip edge is more of an upgrade than a regular feature so it is definitely something you have to ensure is being installed.
A drip edge provides a roof with that finished look and prevents tiles or shingles from curling. It also ensures that water runs straight down. This is good to prevent pooling. It also resists wind uplift so that strong winds will not lift your roof off its mountings.
Look at the Materials Used
Roofs are often made with different materials ranging from tiles to asphalt shingles. Certain materials are more durable than others and provide enhanced protection. The range of cost will also differ from one material to another.
Roofing services like Rekote Roofing not only use different base materials but carry different additional choices. So check with the company and find out what materials are best for strengthening your roof. If you are looking for style, better protection, or overall cost different choices will appeal to your specific situation.
Look at the Fasteners
The fasteners a service uses, or you use in the case of DIY, also influence the overall strength of your roof. Such fasteners are affected by the type of material they are made of and the length of the nail itself. The difference is in how long a said shingle with remain locked in place during inclement weather.
Better fasteners also influence how long the roof will last. Better materials create a longer lifespan and ensure that the shingle stays in place longer. So make sure that the best type of fastener is being used for your roof.
Make Sure There is a Ridge Vent
Ridge vents are placed at the apex of your roof and fight off rain and ensure better airflow during a storm. Ridge vents are tested against hurricanes and are built to withstand a lot of punishment. By venting incoming air they prevent the top of your roof from being pulled off and resist the intrusion of wind-driven rain. Depending on your area a ridge vent may not necessarily be needed by it is one of many upgrades that improve overall strength.
Make Sure They Put Adhesive at the Edges
Starter strips of adhesive placed at the edges of a roof create a stronger bond for your first round of shingles. They also provide back-up joints. This is important because if the first group of shingles is not properly bonded it is vulnerable to high wind.
This means that this first level could get whipped off in harsh weather and leave the rest of your roof wide open. The adhesive at the edges is another step to resisting wind uplift which causes primary damage to a home. Combined with a drip edge adhesive on the edge of the first shingles makes your roof ready for harsh winds.
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