When you are getting a new shingle roof one of the most important things to remember is the roofs ventilation. It is super crucial to the life span of your roofing shingles. With the weather that we experience here in the north we need roofing that withstands the heat of summer and the cold build-up of the winter season with accelerating the aging process of your asphalt shingling.
With proper air circulation and installation it will not matter what the weather outside of your home is the smaller the chance that your shingles will leak, blister, curl or rot. With a licensed roofing contractor installing your shingle roof, on top of proper installation and air circulation you greatly increase the validation on your shingle manufactures warranty.
Using a roofing contractor to install your new roof is beneficial for a number of reasons. One of the most important is that the workmanship warranty is more likely to cover a defect in your new shingle roof from poor workmanship. If you feel the workmanship on your roof lead to any of the following first contact your contractor to make sure that they have a chance to rectify the issues you are having; from there you will be able to recoup money spent to redo the roof from: insufficient nail usage to secure shingling, poor shingle alignment, or improper vent and flashing installation. This is very rare and when using licensed, reputable roofing contractors is often unheard of.
Workmanship warranties don't cover pre-existing conditions or problems that occur that are not directly related to poor workmanship. This would be the case with weather related conditions such as wind and hail, condensation, ice dams, defects from the materials used or structural problems from sagging overhangs and trusses that dip.
One defect that is not covered under a workmanship warranty is ice dams. Ice damns come about from the continual cycle we experience in the north of freezing, thawing and re-freezing. Ice develops on the peak of the roof and then melts during the thaw only to re-freeze at the edge of the roofing shingles. Eventually this additional ice and snow builds up creating a dam affect under your shingles with leads to leaking. Ice dams are produced from many different causes including improper vapor barrier which in turn does not allow excess heat to escape into the attic, air leakage through plumbing, lights and more, inadequate attic ventilation.
You can avoid ice dams by eliminating excess air leakage with the installation of vapor barrier and sealing air leaks that are visible. When you improve the insulation in your attic you also improve upon the chance you will experience an ice damn. Proper insulation keeps the attic cool which lowers the chance of melting snow that occurs with warm air leaking. Another key aspect in avoiding ice dams and roofing issues is to reduce the humidity in the living space with your home.
Solutions to ice dams can often be expensive. To ensure proper care and that your roofing issues are being properly handled it is important to call upon a local roofing contractor. With the experience of a roofing contractor along with their knowledge of different roofing issues they are more equipped to tackle your roofing challenges especially if you experience ice dams.
When it comes to shingle roofing, metal roofing or in fact any type of roofing maintenance is involved in prolonging the roofs life expectancy. Your roof is one part of your home that is exposed to the elements and all weather conditions non-stop. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and three hundred sixty five days a year the climate affects your roof as it is exposed during each and every season: summer, fall winter, and spring.