Most people don’t really think about the roof over their heads…until it springs a leak! Don’t wait until water is pouring through the ceiling and you have to break out the buckets to pay attention to your roof.
Understanding the whole roof system
Before calling a roofing pro, make sure you know the lingo. Here are the components of the whole roof system:
- Deck: The wooden, structural surface of the roof.
- Drip edge: Material affixed along the edge of the roof to guide water off the eaves.
- Underlayment: A barrier installed under the shingles to keep the deck dry.
- Flashing: Material affixed to seal and protect joints, such as where the roof meets the chimney.
- Shingles: The outermost layer of your roof, which repels water and protects the structure.
- Soffit: The underside of a roof overhang.
- Fascia: The horizontal board on the end of your roof’s rafters that may hold the gutters.
- Vents: Features that allow air to escape the attic and keep your roof dry.
An asphalt shingle roof has flexible asphalt shingles as the ridge cap. Some roof shingles are non-combustible or have a better fire rating than others which influence their use, some building codes do not allow the use of shingles with less than a class-A fire rating to be used on some types of buildings.
There are two types of cedar wood roofing: cedar shingles and cedar wood shakes. Often referred to interchangeably, there is a difference. The main difference of cedar shingles vs cedar shake roofing is:
- Cedar Shingles are machine-cut and tapered for a trim, crisp appearance.
- Cedar Shake Roofing is hand-split, giving them a more rustic appeal.
EUROSHIELD® Roofing Products were created 20 years ago with the goal of diverting and recycling the tremendous deluge of used tires ultimately destined for landfill. Years of research and development led to the creation of a unique formula, containing approximately 95% recycled materials, for the production of the world’s finest synthetic roofing products available on the market today. From 250 to 1,000 rubber tires are used in the production of a EUROSHIELD® roof for an average-sized home. Scrap material generated during the installation process can be collected and recycled again – virtually eliminating environmentally harmful waste.