You don't need a new roof often, but when you do, you want it done right! Roof type and contractor selection are the most important decisions an owner has to make when installing a new roof, or when replacing an old one. A roof constitutes only about 5% of the construction cost of a building, but provides protection for 95% of the balance of an owners investment.
Roof application is not an exact science.

It is a "craft" involving people, dealing with a broad range of building materials, designs, techniques, and weather. Roof application is a construction process involving the skillful arrangement of several components that constitute a roof "system". The level of workmanship quality during the application process is the critical element of a successful roof installation.

Expertise is "Know How" - "Know How" is learned through education, training and experience. You can not afford to have your roof system installed by amateurs or by a company with "pick-up" workers. Good workmanship directly affects the quality of a roof installation.

Roof Types
The type of roof you have largely depends on what is most popular and practical in your part of the country, and on when your house was built.

Find a leak
Often this is very difficult because water has a tricky way of traveling a long way from the source before you see it.

Unlike standard 3-tab, or strip shingles, which are single layer in design, a growing number of shingles are multi-layered or "laminated."

Fungus and Moss De-Mystified
In certain moist areas, algae can grow on shingles. Although the algae has no proven effect on shingle life, it does stain or discolor the shingle.

Ice Dams
Ice dams are caused by warm roofs and cold eaves. When snow accumulates on a roof with insufficient insulation, the snow begins melting near the ridge where the hot air rises first.

Don't exceed your local building code's limit on the number of layers of shingles that can be applied. The additional weight can cause structural problems.

One of the most critical factors in roof durability is proper ventilation. Without it, heat and moisture build-up in the attic area combine to cause rafters and sheathing to rot.

Flashing keeps water from entering the home at "transition" areas
Proper flashing is vital to a good roof quality roof installation.

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