The roofing job for your home will require more than shingles and roofing nails. The Oklahoma roofers you choose for the job will also bring in plywood, roofing underlayment and ice barrier. The underlayment that is placed between the shingles and the roof deck perform an important role in keeping your house protected from the elements.
Roofing underlayment will be used by any quality roofer. It helps protect the shingles from rubbing against the roof deck, it helps protect the roof deck from small amounts of water than may find its way through the shingles, and it protects your home should a few shingles be blown off in a storm. Ice barrier is necessary to protect the eaves and lower portions of the roof so you won’t have to deal with a leaky roof.
Traditional black felt paper is commonly used when homeowners need a new roof. This paper is saturated with asphalt, making it water-resistant. It is not waterproof, but it does provide an important layer of protection for the roof. It can be purchased in 15 pound and 30 pound weights. The 30 pound paper is thicker and stiffer, less likely to tear during installation and does provide more protection from water. However, it also weighs a great deal more and can be more difficult to work with. Because felt paper is protected by the shingles we choose to use the lighter-weight 15 pound paper to help preserve the integrity of your home’s structure. Oklahoma City roofers may also choose to install plastic wind strips along the edges of the felt paper for an extra layer of protection from windstorms.
Ice barrier is essentially rubberized asphalt sheeting with an adhesive backing. It is typically 3 feet wide and will be installed along the lower edges of the roof. It is waterproof and adheres directly to the roof deck. It is also self-sealing so the fasteners that are used for the actual shingles will not compromise the ice barrier. This is a vital step in the *new roof process, one that is actually required by code. When an ice barrier is in place, water that manages to come in under the shingles will not be able to penetrate the roof decking.
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