Monthly Archives: January 2013

Roof Replacement

Replacing your roof is a major and important investment. A quality roofing system involves the underlayments, shingles and ventilation products all working together. A complete roof system is designed to provide optimum performance.









Drip edge- Drip edge protects the edges of roof sheathing from water penetration during driving rains.

Ice & Water Shield- Waterproofing shingle underlayment prevents leaks from wind-driven rain and ice dams in vulnerable areas. These vulnerable areas include all valleys (where two roof planes intersect), around chimneys, walls, skylights, vents, and a minimum of 24″ past the interior wall line at the eave provides your first line of defense.

Underlayment- (felt paper) Underlayment covers the entire roof decking and provides and additional layer of protection against the elements.

Starter strip- Starter strip is installed along all the edges of your roofline to prevent wind and water intrusion under the shingle.

Asphalt Shingles- While shingles comes in a variety of designs and colors; they serve a primary, practical purpose. To create a watertight, wind-resistant seal that protects your roof from environmental damage.

Click on the manufacturers to view their product online: GAF Certainteed TAMKO

Attic Ventilation- Proper ventilation provides longevity to all of the roof’s components by removing excess and humid heat and allowing air to circulate.

Shingle Cap- Protects the roof’s peak and enhances its overall look.

We hope this information will make you a more knowledgeable consumer and, when the time comes, a smart roof system buyer. We are Certainteed Certified Master Shingle Company.

Call (443) 802-2180 or email us to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to working with you.

Ice Dams

Ice dams form when heat enters an attic and melts snow on the roof. Themelted snow (water) runs down the roof, under the blanket of snow, to the edge of the roof where colder conditions cause it to freeze, forming ice dams. If ice dams are not removed, water may be caught behind them, forced under shingles or spill over to form icicles. This can result in costly damage to your home: wet (ineffective) insulation; stained or cracked plaster or sheetrock; damp, rotting walls; and stained, blistered or peeling paint.

this old ice dam

Ways to prevent ice dams

Insulate- Do not let the heat from your home escape into your attic. The function of insulation is to resist the transfer of heat from your living space to the attic. An attic floor with sealed bypasses and properly installed insulation will be the most effective. Proper insulation will also save you money on your home’s heating bill.

Ventilate-   Install ridge vents at the peaks of your roof. Also, vents along the soffits and eaves of your roof. This will allow proper air circulation, keeping the temperature of the attic consistent with the outside air.

Clean your gutters- Clogged gutters give the snow and ice somewhere to accumulate. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year, once in the spring and fall.

Underlayment- Water-proofing underlayment does not prevent the formation of ice dams, it will prevent backed up water from getting into the house. It is a critical last line of defense against leaks, preventing backed up water from getting into your home wherever it is applied. When installing any roof system, we apply ice & water shield underlayment to before the shingles are applied as recommending by the manufacturers.

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