How Much do you Really Know About Your Roof?
Starting from the Inside-Out
Insulation and ventilation are both key to having a firmly supported roof and a warmer or cooler house, depending on the season. Proper ventilation keeps the shingles intact longer because the flow of air keeps the roof cooler. Insulation saves you money because it keeps the heat in and ventilates the cool air so your house can stay cool during the heat of the summer with a lower cost in air conditioning.
What Lies Underneath
Did you know that shingles are not waterproof? They actually absorb water. Tar paper is usually laid underneath to provide a waterproof coating. This is not truly effective either, however, because tar paper over time soaks up moisture and can damage your roof. The best option is to use synthetic felt. Not only is it 100% waterproof but it often lays smoother on the roof, thus creating a better surface to attach shingles to.
Checking it Out
Inspecting the roof is critical to keeping your current house intact or when in the market for a new house. Ask a licensed contractor to inspect the roof in either case, as they can identify any potential hazards that could cost you money down the road. If not checked for simple cracks or molding leaves regularly, these can lead to rotting and even bigger issues like holes.
Know Your Roof