When you think of having exterior remodeling, one of the first things you might think of is roof replacement. And with it, you have a wide range of options to consider in the roofing system. Although there are many different roofing options available today, asphalt shingles remain the go-to choice for many homeowners. This comes with good reason – an asphalt shingle roofing system is durable, versatile and reasonably priced.
Asphalt shingle roofing systems have many specialized components, all of which play a critical role in performance, beauty, energy efficiency, and longevity. Understanding the function of each of these components can help you take better care of your roofing system. TJ Exteriors Inc. gives a look at the six key components of the asphalt shingle roofing system.
Starter strip shingles. Any roofing contractor will tell you that this indicates the first layer of shingles installed along the roofline. Starter strip shingles work to help stop shingles from blowing off during windstorms. They also prevent water from infiltrating your home,
Hip and Ridge Products. Alternately called ridge cap shingles, these components add a lovely finishing touch to your asphalt roof. At the same time, they help protect the ridge from possible roof leaks.
Shingles. The most visible part of the roof is the shingles. And because they are exposed to the elements all year round, they also take the full brunt of the damage. Asphalt shingles generally come with a fiberglass base mat, plus a coating of protective mineral granules that fend off heavy rainfall, high winds, hailstorms, and blistering heat.
Underlayment. This provides an additional layer of protection between the roof decking and shingles. The underlayment may come in asphalt-saturated, organic, and rubberized asphalt options, working to protect the entire system from water infiltration.
Ice and Water Barriers. Like the underlayment, they prevent leaks from developing on your asphalt roof. However, these barriers focus on the more vulnerable spots of your roof, such as the area around the chimney, dormers, valleys, skylights, and vent piping.
Sufficient Ventilation. Keep your roof in top form by making sure it has proper attic ventilation. This prevents heat and moisture from weakening the roof structure, encouraging mold and rot, and damaging the shingles above. Good ventilation can also help keep your cooling costs to a minimum.
Looking for a quality asphalt shingle replacement roof? Turn to TJ Exteriors Inc, the leading experts when it comes to roof replacement, installation, and maintenance services. Call (952) 592-3213 today or fill out our online form to tell us more about your needs!