Many homeowners know that unwanted water and moisture are their roofing system’s number one enemy. Moisture can rot wood, corrode metal and start a whole list of other problems on your shingles. But a lot of people still don’t understand how exactly moisture causes all these issues and where it even comes from. Believe it or not, your home is vulnerable not just to rainwater but also to indoor humidity.
Summer is not just a time to go out and enjoy the outdoors or spend lazy days indoors. This time of the year presents a perfect opportunity for you to pursue certain home maintenance tasks. After all, the weather is pleasant, which means you have more time to complete them.
Mold and algae are a recurring threat to any home. Whether it’s the siding, the ceiling, or the basement, there are some instances where you can spot them even if you’re not looking. Apart from the aforementioned areas, mold and algae can also grow on the roof and one of these can pose a threat to your roofing system. [Read more…]
The underlayment is a component applied between the sheathing and the shingles. It serves as a moisture barrier, providing an extra layer of protection from the elements. Honestly speaking, you can go without it, and nail asphalt shingles directly onto decking boards. However, forgoing the use of an underlayment isn’t wise. Without a high-quality, properly installed underlayment, your roof could completely fail after just a few years.
When you buy a roof, you know it’s not going to last forever, but it can also fail too early. The real tragedy, however, is that the cause can void the product warranty and lead to insurance claim denial.
Leaks are the most common problem your roof will experience, and they’re usually the cause or consequence of more serious concerns. There are many ways your roof can leak, such as when there is a gradual loss of the roofing material’s effectiveness to weather damage.
Your roof is a complicated system with several parts and layers. One of the most important layers is the underlayment. The underlayment protects the roof deck from damage and is one of your home’s best defenses against roof leaks. Homecraft®, one of the top roofers in our area, talks about the purpose of the underlayment: