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What Makes a Good Roof?

Taking the time to understand what goes into a quality roof will is a necessary step in considering a new roof for your home.  If you know the roofing system components and what each does, you can better judge the quality and price of any quotes you may consider for the project.

A quality roof starts off with decking or sheathing.  Located underneath the other roofing components, the sheathing is the layer of a roof that is used as the base for roof coverings to be nailed to and should be seasoned or dry wood.

Roofs benefit from an underlayment or moisture barrier between the sheathing and the shingles.  Felt underlayment is often required by code in some areas, and is an inexpensive insurance against many roofing problems.  The barrier can protect the roof from water penetration if severe weather blows off any shingles or flashings.
Shingles are the final protective layer of your roofing system.  Offered in a variety of styles and colors to complement your home, you can find shingles with 15 and 30 yr warranty.  Some companies may even warranty their products with a transferrable warranty good for the lifetime of your home!

By understanding the materials that go into a quality roof, and the role each item performs, you will be able to make an informed decision when it’s time to redo your roof.

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