Asphalt shingles will eventually need to be replaced on your home, and, when replacing them, you may want to consider some durable solutions, such as underlayments and flashing. Improving these features can make your roof more resistant to problems like excessive wear and leaks. Improving your roof replacement can help you get more life out of your shingles and reduce repair costs due to leaks and issues with wear of the roofing materials. Starting with the materials beneath the shingles, you can improve the durability of your roof. Here are some of the improvements you may want to consider making.
1. Use a Plywood Decking or Sheathing with Energy Efficient Backing
Plywood can be the start of your energy improvements for the roof of your home. Today, there are sheathing products available that help add insulation to your roof. This can be a simple plywood with a backing on it, as well as rigid, synthetic sheathing materials. If you have a lot of damage to decking materials, this can be a good option. You may want to do this for an improvement using thinner materials that are designed to cover aging decking boards on older homes. Plywood will be more affordable, while the synthetic materials will give you better performance. Newer synthetic sheathing materials will also be less susceptible to problems with moisture and rot that can cause costly roof repairs.
2. Instal a Durable Roofing Membrane as an Underlayment
The underlayment of your roof is a type of barrier that helps to stop moisture from forming and reduces problems with leaks. In the past, this barrier has been felt paper, but, today, there are many more options. If you want more insulating value and better protection from leaks, you may want to consider using a rubber roofing membrane beneath the shingles on your roof.
3. Use Materials That Are More Durable for Flashing and Waterproofing
There are also many roofing materials that you may want to consider for the flashing on your home. Conventional flashing is usually galvanized metal, which may be part of the architectural details for the design of your home. If you are going to use metal flashing, consider installing a rubber membrane material beneath it. In areas of the roof that are more prone to leaks, talk with the roofing contractor about adding the rubber membrane around other areas of your roof, such as penetrations from mechanical vents.
These are some of the improvements that you may want to consider beneath the shingles for a more durable roof. If you are ready for a new roof on your home, contact a contractor like Kelley Roofing and talk with them about some of the underlayment improvements to do first.