It not just the shingles that protect your home. Complete roofing systems include the careful organization of shingles, underlayment and proper ventilation all working together to provide a safe environment for the people who depend on its stability. At the same time, a stable roof depends on product quality and durability to maximize its performance. The shingles and underlayment components protect against weather elements whereas the ventilation products control air flow to balance the temperature and humidity inside the attic. The temperature in the attic ultimately affects the temperature of the rest of the house. Knowing a home has a safe, durable roof enhances the comfort of those living under it.
The components of a roofing system include:
Step 1: Water Barrier Products
These products work below the surface and are necessary to protect areas of the roof where water tends to flow or collect, such as chimneys, skylights and vents. There are several different products designed to meet the different needs of roofs for certain applications or climates. This layer of protection is especially important for homes in areas that often experience extreme weather. With the tropical Florida climate, AJ Wells Roofing recommends secondary water barriers. This second layer adds extra protection during the unforgiving hurricane seasons. Depending on your budget, AJ Wells offers WeatherLock Granulated Self-Sealing Water Barrier, Deck Defense High Performance Roof Underlayment or Rhino Roof Felt Replacement.
Step 2: Underlayment Products
The underlayment products are the first step in the proper installation of the shingles. It provides a strong, additional layer between the wood decking and the shingles to protect against strong wind driven rains or hail.
Step 3: Starter Shingle Products
When applied correctly, the starter shingle products help improve appearance by providing a clean look with a straight edge at the eave and along the rake edge. This layer acts as a seal between the starter underlayment and the first row of shingles. The starter shingles help to prevent top layer shingles from blowing off and water infiltrating under the roof.
Step 4: Shingles
Shingles are the very first layer of protection for your home. However, they are also a big factor in your homes curb appeal. Strength and beauty are both important factors when choosing shingles to install on your home. Half of what you see from the street is a home’s roof and AJ Wells carries the products to ensure that you don’t have to scarify appearance for durability. Shape, sizes and color are all variables that you can change until you find the look that’s right for you.
Step 5: Exhaust Ventilation Products
Exhaust ventilation products are necessary to prevent heat and moisture build up in the attic by drawing the air out. These ventilation products constantly replace humid air with dry, cool air to maintain a balanced environment. Without these products installed, the stagnant humid, hot air can lead to premature aging or cracking of the wood and affect the temperature below in the house. Ultimately, ventilation products work to keep energy efficiency high. These are also offered in a wide range of colors and styles.
Step 6: Hip and Ridge Shingles
Hip and ridge shingles are installed at the peaks of the roof to add an attractive, finished look as well as for added protection for the ridge vent. With AJ Wells, these types of shingles are completely compatible and complementary to the other roofing shingles products. This step is crucial for a completely balanced and protected system.
Step 7: Optional Products to Support the Roofing System
Other optional materials to consider in your roofing are specialized insulation systems and attic rafter vents to protect against excessive heat and assist in the continuous flow of fresh air throughout the attic. These additions will help to improve the efficiency of the home’s cooling.
When you decide to use AJ Wells Roofing for your new roof installation, we believe that it is important for you to understand all the components and process of the roofing system so you know what you are getting. This is the system that we use and stand by with a 50 year leak-free warrantee. With hurricane season approaching, we recommend evaluating the condition and quality of your homes current roofing system if nearing the end of its life. In order for it to protect you during several tropical storms, you must properly equip it. Not only are we a certified roofing contractor with the best warrantees, we are also certified general contractors for when you experience secondary damages from a tropical storm, you can rely on our experts to get the entire job done right.
To learn more about the roofing process or specific questions about one of the steps, call on Jacksonville’s most trusted roofing contractors and experts at AJ Wells Roofing.