A Roofer in Decatur, AL Can Be Very Helpful In Assessing The Condition of the Roof

by | Oct 3, 2013 | Roofing

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Installing a new roof on a home can involve several options for the homeowner that needs a budget roof replacement. The roof is the largest area of the home, and it can deteriorate rapidly in the Decatur sun. A locally owned roofing company that does a volume of business is usually the best source for budget roofing.

There are several parts of the Roofer Decatur AL that the homeowner needs to consider. The first is the condition of the underlayment, which can be in bad shape if water got under the shingles. The underlayment, often called decking or sheathing, can deteriorate to the point that water enters the home. The homeowner seldom recognizes this until it is too late. The water can do a lot of damage such as causing black mold. The water can travel between the walls, and this condition can cause the studs to grow black mold and to rot. Often, the water affects the wall board by damaging the external coating and the paint. In some circumstances the water has run down into the basement and may be puddling in areas that are not visible.

An examination of the shingles will reveal the conditions of curved edges, worn off asphalt granules, and turned up corners. The shingles may be loose and out of position. The shingles around vents, skylights and chimneys may be damaged, and these will allow the water to come into the attic. Another sign that the shingles are in very bad shape is when the cooling and heating bills tend to rise, and the comfort level in the home may decrease. A Roofer Decatur AL can assess this condition.

Most roofing replacements require either 15lb or 30lb felt covering to be put down first if the underlayment is in good shape. Otherwise, the underlayment needs to be removed and new underlayment installed.

A starter strip should be installed, and this is a strip of durable material that is glued to the roof edges and to the valleys. Next, the drip edge is installed to overlap the starter strip and bend down toward the gutter. This protects the wind from lifting the shingles and blowing the rain underneath. It also prevents ice dams from forming.

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