The roof is an important investment for many homeowners. It is an essential part of your exterior and largely influences the architectural appeal of your property. More importantly, the condition of your roof significantly affects the energy efficiency in your household and therefore, the quality of comfort the occupants are likely to experience. In this article, flat roofing experts answer six of the less common roof-related questions that may linger in your mind.
1. Which roof will last longer: one with a steep pitch or one with a low pitch?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question. For instance, a steep roof is less likely to collect leaves, twigs and other debris that can soak up moisture, reducing the chances of moss and algae growth. However, if that same roof is located in an uncovered area facing due south, it will definitely take the full brunt of the sun, causing the protective coating to dry out and become brittle.
In fact, other factors have a greater effect on the durability of your roof. These include attic ventilation and how well the roofing material can withstand local weather conditions.
2. Why is felt paper used in roofing?
If you are working with a professional roofing contractor, he or she will install felt paper beneath the shingles to provide an additional waterproof membrane in case of leakage. Roofing felt also helps in ensuring the rainwater drains off the roof. This reduces the risk of water or moisture-related damage to your roofing system.
3. Why is there ice on the nail tips sticking through the roof sheathing?
This is the result of damp air from inside your house seeping into the attic, and the moisture condensing and freezing on the cold steel. This reduces the effectiveness of your insulation and encourages mold growth. To solve this problem, make sure the attic is well ventilated and control the moisture levels in the house by switching on exhaust fans when showering and vent fans when cooking.
Cantrell Roofing, LLC is a leading source of superior roofing solutions. We work with residential and commercial clients and provide GAF roofs installation, gutter maintenance and more. Call us at (903) 848-9494 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.