Just like a car, your Roof System is built from various parts all working harmoniously together. How well would your car work with a flat tire? Similarly, a roof system on your house is only as strong as it’s weakest component. The more qualified your contractor is, combined with the value of the product you choose, determines the outcome for your family’s home.
Throughout the following articles, we are going to focus on some of the commonly accepted good roofing practices and procedures. We will cover different areas of building construction products, installation do’s and don’ts and generally give you a healthy foundation of roof renovation knowledge to work from. So let’s get started!
There are a number of different parts to every roof system and each part serves a very specific and important purpose.
These are the parts of your roof system:
- Roof Deck: Framing, trusses, general architectural design
- Metal Flashings: Drip edge, rake edge and valley metal
- Attic Space: Insulation, vapor barriers, pipes and design
- Leak Barrier: Along the perimeter of eaves and centre of valleys
- Roof Deck Protection: On top all roof deck surface areas
- Starter Strip Shingles: First course of shingle or tile product to be installed
- Shingles: Main product you see on your roof
- Valleys: Where different roof slopes meet
- Ventilation: Ensuring your attic space breathes properly
- Ridge Cap Shingles: Finishing touches, like a picture frame for your home
- Eaves Troughs and Facia: Catching and draining moisture away from your building foundation
- Siding: Covering your building envelope
The following picture will help you understand how a roof system works. The original format of this picture is posted on the GAF/ELK website, a well-known and trustworthy manufacturer of roofing products.
The market for roofing materials in Calgary is a busy one. There are many products and manufacturers to choose from. Ask around, talk to material supply stores, such as Enercon Products, to receive an un-biased opinion, you can also talk with local contractors as well.