The Roofing System

How low can you go?

Well, there are highs and there are lows. Usually the highest point you can go on a roof is the “ridge.” You know, where the two sides of a roof meet at the top. But the lowest place on a roof is usually the “valley.”

Roofing Valley

A roof valley is where the “V” shaped channels of the roof runs up and down the distance of the two sides of the roof. Where the two sides of the roof meet they create a valley for the water to enter and run off the roof.

Valleys are vulnerable to rain storms because they are considered a weak area in the roofing industry. Because they are susceptible to water leaks they must have special attention shown to them. To make sure they won’t leak during rain storms they will have special roofing material installed in them. There are several ways to protect the valleys on a roof.  Roofing contractors will vary in their choice of what they consider to be best product for protecting the valleys.

Roofing Materials

Most valley products can easily be purchased where roofing materials are sold. Which valley product is right for your roof? You can do your own research on line to help you find the right valley product for your roof if you are planning to do it yourself. But a word to the wise is; roof valleys are one of the most vulnerable places on your roof for water leaks so…  “Get It Right.” Take time to make sure your valleys will not leak. If you are using a Professional Roofing Contractor you should be able to rest easy that he will make sure your valleys will not leak. After all, he doesn’t want the headache of a valley leak to have to repair.

Valley Metal

There are two main types of valley products that are used to prevent the roof valley from leaking. First, there is “Valley Metal.” Most valley metal that is installed is aluminum and comes in different size widths and lengths. The valley metal is unrolled down the length of the valley from one end to the other. Because it is soft and easy to form the roofer will shape the valley and then nail it to the decking. Once the valley metal has been installed it will be covered with felt and then the shingles giving it a triple protection to prevent water leaks.

The second type of valley protection is “Ice and Water Shield.” Ice and water shield is a roofing underlayment that is self-adhering. It is used in valleys and other vulnerable areas to protect those areas from leaking. Ice and water shield works as a membrane to cover potential problem areas on the roof to prevent water from entering the interior structure. Ice and water shield is easily rolled out and cut to fit. It is self-adhering to the decking by simply removing the firm from the back side.

Which one is best is simply a matter of choice.



Shed Roofing Repairs

Shed Roof Repair

Do you have a shed in your back yard that you really enjoy doing all your favorite home projects in?

It stores those tools that best fits the projects you work on? All your tools, saw horses, and work tables fit you just perfect. It’s a great place to go to get things off your mind while you make something with your hands. But lately you’ve been getting a lot of leaks when it rains.

Is water dripping into your shed?

Repairing Your Shed Roof

Usually the shed in the back yard is the last place that gets attention. After all, it’s in the back yard no one really ever sees it. But then all those tools you have in that shed are expensive and it’s getting hard to keep them dry from the leaking roof.

Come on it’s not that hard to tackle that leaky roof, but if you need help, a good roofer like the longview roofing company can help you out. And getting it fixed would give you the peace of mind you need when you think of all things that are important to you that get stored inside that shed.

Tools Needed

The first thing you want to do it get a good pry bar, tape measure, utility knife, and hammer. They are going to be your primary tools. You probably already have them in your shed. A good pair of gloves and a safe ladder you can trust and you’re ready to address that ugly looking roof on your shed.

Start at the top of the roof and remove the old shingles and felt with the pry bar. Remove one row at a time starting on one side and working your way across the roof. Most of the nails will come out as you remove the shingles. Any nails that are left in the plywood decking should be removed with the pry bar too.

Roofing Felt Prep

Now you are ready to lay the new felt down on the decking. Start on the bottom left hand corner and roll the felt out a few feet at a time nailing it down as you go across the roof. Using nails with plastic nail caps will hold better. Then cut the felt to fit the opposite side of the roof decking. Overlap the next run about three inches and repeat until you have covered the entire surface.

The first row of shingles you lay should be a starter shingle. This will be for the first row at the bottom only. The starter shingles can be bought wherever you purchase your new shingles. GAF makes a good brand of starter shingles. The first row should extend ¼” past the edge of the roof.

Installing The Roofing Shingles

The new 3-tab shingles should be installed on top of the starter shingle moving across the roof. The next row should have about 5 inches of shingle below it showing. Nail 5 or 6 nails into the shingle tab on each shingle. Repeat until surface is covered. The shingles on the ridge at the top of the roof should be cut to match the opposite side. Center each shingle and nail them in place, in the tabs, and move across the roof. Cut off the access.

You know you can do this. But if you can’t, you can always call a qualified roof expert.

Roofers of Friday Fling

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