Because a roof replacement is something few homeowners do more than once in their life, it’s not always something they understand. We’re trying to explain the different elements in your roofing system that may be part of your roof replacement estimate. If you missed part 1 of this two-part blog series explaining the different elements of your roofing system, click here.
Your roof has two types of vents. Your soffits are the intake vents for your roof. They allow the cooler air in while your ridge or box vents allow the hot air out. Allowing the hot air to escape helps your shingles last longer.
Sometimes called felt paper, there are now many types of underlayment. Synthetic underlayment is more waterproof and durable than old style felt paper so it better prevents roof leaks.
If your new roof is asphalt shingles, a good roofing contractor will install starter strips at the edges and on eves and in the rake of the roof. Using starter strips help with wind protection and in certain style shingles, looks better.
Hip and Ridge Cap Shingles
The top of our roof is the ridge. If you have different angles that come together on your roof, those are called the hip. You want the right kind of shingles covering those outward angles. Your roof will look better and perform better with them than with cut up sheets of shingles.
Every roof protrusion (like a chimney and dormer) plus valleys need flashing. The vast majority of the time your flashing should be replaced with your roof replacement. Good flashing is made of metal and coordinates with your roofing material. When your flashing isn’t doing its job, you end up with roof leaks.
Some roofs have exhaust pipes for bathroom fans and dryer vents. Those pipes aren’t necessarily part of the roofing system but they need to be properly integrated during the roof replacement either with sealant around them like a boot or flashing depending on the size.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions provides total roof replacement with quality products. We evaluate your total roofing system system when we provide you with a roof replacement estimate and replace what needs replacing. Of course, if you think your roof leaks are the result of poor flashing or another issue, we offer roof repair. Call (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form and we’ll let you know whether we recommend a roof repair or replacement in our detailed estimate.