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Install Tips & Literature

 Install Tips & Literature

Ice & Water Application

Eave 1: Without drip edge stripped in
Eave 2: With edge stripped in
Eave 3: Extended Perimeter for existing roof
Eave 4: Extended Perimeter for new construction
Inside corner (wall to deck)
Outside corner (wall to deck)
Corner detialing patch options
Vertical front wall
Vertical side wall

Important Roof & Attic Ventilation Information

Ventilation is an integral part of making a roof last, and occurs naturally when vents are placed at the base of the roof (at the eaves or in the soffits) and near the top of the roof (the ridge) so that warm air can leave through the top, and cool air can be drawn through the bottom. This process does not need electrical or mechanical fans in most cases, as nature will do the work on its own.

When vents are placed you should be aware of the following guidelines:
  1. Vents should not be inserted into the middle sections of the roof, since this will often interrupt the natural circulation of the air. Instead, evenly distribute vents along the roof, to ensure even airflow to all portions of the roof.
  2. Approximately half of the vents should be placed near the ridge and the other half near the eaves or soffits, to encourage maximum airflow.
  3. Approximately 1 square foot of ventilation per 300 square feet of attic floor space should be included in the plans for your new roof (this is an approximate and depends on climate, roof pitch, orientation and available attic vent space).

Types of Attic Vents

  1. Soffit Vents - Able to be used as either inlet or outlet of air they are best combined with a ridge or roof vent.
  2. Gable End Vents - Vent placed at the top of the gable area on both ends of the house.
  3. Ridge Vents - Vent placed along the entire ridge of the roof to allow hot air to escape as it rises to the top of the attic space.
  4. Roof Vents - Available in a standard or powered version this vent is best installed toward the top of the roof .
If adequate ventilation is not installed, serious problems such as attic condensation, wood rot, mold, mildew and rusting metal will occur. These problems can affect the integrity of the roof as well as the integrity of the house, and can even cause health problems for family members in the home. One of the biggest roof problems associated with improper attic ventilation is an "ice dam"

How to Find a Roof Leak

Your roof is among the most important parts of your home as it protects you, your belongings and the structure of the building from damage due to rain, wind, and more. Left untreated, a roof leak can (and will) cause damage to your home's structure as well as to your personal belongings. Therefore a roof leak should be taken seriously and repaired as quickly as possible.

Finding a roof leak may not be difficult but it can be. Are there any signs of leaking water within your home? Look around for any water spots, standing water or mold. For example, if you have a puddle on your bathroom floor, look upwards to find your source. Further, look upwards for water spots and any soft spots where the ceiling might sag. These are obvious signs of a roof leak. Also, look for simple dampness on a ceiling or wall. These can signal initial leaks that are just getting started. However, there is no guarantee that the leak is directly above where the water is dripping. Water from a leak may run down the inside of your sheating before dripping or may follow a chimney, exhaust vent, etc.. down to your ceiling.

Tracking a Roof Leak

First, inspect the roof from the inside of your attic. With luck you may be able to see clear evidence of the area that is leaking. While it is sunny outside see if you are able to see any light coming through the roof. (This will not work with wood shingle roofs as they are designed to allow light to shine through but pass water down the roof and not inside.) If it is raining outside (or with the help of some artifical rain such as a sprinkler) take a bright light source with you and see if you can follow the water trail to the source of the leak. Remember, the leak will usually be higher up the roof than the dripping water may suggest.

To investigate the exterior of your home, make use of binoculars or a ladder. From here you should be able to see roof damage and other structural problems. If your roof is wet do not attempt to walk on it. This is bad for both the roof and the roof structure. Check to make sure that water can escape from the roof's slope easily. If you see a build up of ice, you could have ice damage and once melting, this water could make its way inside your home through a damaged area.

Bad flashings are often the cause of a roof leak

Examine both your flashings and chimney area for any signs of a problem. Also, look at the points where an antenna or satellite dish connects to the home. Look for warped or cracked shingles or shakes and replace those immediately. Replace those that are too damaged completely. If you must replace just one or even several shingles, this does not mean that your entire roof will need to be replaced.

Next, look for any signs that debris may have damaged the structure of your roof. You may no longer see the debris but the damage will still be there. If you feel that you need help in identifying a roof leak, contact a reputable contractor for assistance.

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