Total Protection Roofing System
People rarely look or think about their roof unless there is an issue. Most people know what their roof is made of, but outside of that people don’t that much about it. What most people don’t know is that there isn’t just shingles on wood up there. Owens Corning has researched every aspect of how to make your roof function optimally in every component. There are three aspects of this system. Seal. Defend. Breathe.
If you were to take the shingles, tar paper, and all the other components off of your roof, you would see the wood decking that covers the top of your house. Wood by itself will deteriorate over time in the presence of moisture and fluctuating temperatures so, we have to seal that would from the elements.
The first line of defense we put down is ice and water shield. Ice and water shield is a self-healing membrane with an adhesive back that sticks directly to the decking of your home. We put it in areas of high water traffic such as valleys, roof to wall flashings, and chimney flashing. What makes this a unique product is that when nails go through this it seals around the nail to prevent leaks.
The second line of defense that we put down is some type of underlayment. Some people use felt paper but we prefer to use synthetic underlayment. Owens Corning synthetic underlayment is much more durable than felt and can keep a home dry BY ITSELF for up to 60 days. Another reason we use it is because felt tends to tear where synthetic will hold strong and stick do the roof deck itself.
The defense portion of this system is probably the most familiar part of a roof. This is the part that includes the different types of shingles that go on your roof to defend it from mother nature. There are three main components in the defend portion, they all happen to be different types of shingles!
The first line of shingles we put on is called a starter shingle. Starter shingles are not used by every roofer. Most roofers out there are going to take a cheap 3-tab shingle, cut it, and nail it upside down on the roof. Owens Corning starter shingles are specifically made to be nailed and sealed to the perimeter of your roof. Part of what makes them so special is the adhesive strip that is placed so that is gives a tight seal around the edge of your home, keeping wind gust from loosening shingles.
The main component is undoubtedly the shingle itself. Shingles not only serve as the first layer of defense against the forces of nature, they also help define the character of the home. Shingles act as a star player in curb appeal for your customers, and Owens Corning Roofing offers a wide range of shapes, sizes, and color choices.
The last component we use is a hip and ridge shingle. Once again, a lot of roofers will cut strips of 3-tab shingles to cover hips and ridges of your home. If you are getting a 3-tab shingle put on your home chances are it will fit. However, if you put a 3-tab shingle on a architectural roof, it looks bad and VOIDS THE WARRANTY. Hip & Ridge shingles also provide a finished look to the roof’s peak while helping to defend the ridge vent.
The last part of the Total Protection Roofing System is breathe. This is the least acknowledged part of the roof in any home. It’s important to properly ventilate the roof to get that maximum lifespan out of your shingles. One of the main ingredients in any shingle is asphalt. Asphalt can heat up over time losing its grip and release granules, which are the little stones on the shingle that protect your roof. If a roof is properly ventilated it will last much longer. Most shingle manufacturers will tell you that you want a 60%-40% air flow ratio in order to get the most life out of your singles.
The first component of this is to make sure that the vents of your soffit are clear of debris and can easily let air flow into the home to ventilate the attic. Some homes have several small vents that are inserted into the soffit and some have perforated holes that let air into the home. So naturally, as the air comes in, it heats up, and will go out at it’s highest point.
The last component in this system is the ventilation. Ventilation can come in many forms but the most common tend to be box vents, turbine vents, and ridge vent. All of these are acceptable forms of ventilation and let the hot air escape from your roof. We as a company recommend using ridge vent as it is the optimal form of ventilation. When ridge vent is installed roughly 11/2 -2″ are cut out of the ridge and we place ridge vent covers on top of those which are then covered with hip and ridge shingles. This naturally and efficiently lets the air flow out of the attic leaving your home cooler and your energy bills lower.
So in the end there are a lot of options that you can choose from. But if you want the best roof that money can buy, This.Is.It. Check out the website to get more information or just shoot us a message and we’ll be glad to answer any and every question you have!