7 Eco-Friendly Roofing Tips

Are you looking to roof or re-roof your house? If yes, then here are seven eco-friendly roofing tips that will come in handy:

Cleaning

For re-shingling or shingling, it is essential that your flat roof deck or sheathing remains clean. In other words, your roof must not reveal signs of dry rot or be warped. Additionally, re-roofers must avoid nails coming out through new shingles by getting them off the sheathing.

Drip Edge

This is a vinyl or metal strip, which accesses all the edges of the roof. It offers an extension for roofline over the fascia to allow for free-fall of water off the building.

Water and Ice Shield

This shield is significant to buildings in Canada due to its climate. Due to the free-thaw cycle, the shield must be installed on the drip edges’ bare wood on the roof to curb water from contacting the shingles, which makes the shingles to freeze and crack. Some roofers offer double the extension recommended by the manufacturer to be certain. The first role is overlapped by the second.

Felt

Often referred to as tar paper, felt overlaps the water/ice shield while covering the roof with a pattern that overlaps it to curb water dripping under the shingles from dripping into your home. Many roofers argue that felt is hard on the sheathing. Hence, they fail to use it despite the possibility of future leaks.

Flashing

It is essential to install metal flashing in all valleys. When shingles reach the valleys, installation of the dormer and chimney flashing can be done.

Installation of Shingles

Measurements between the peak and the eave’s top have to be taken to start the process. The significance of this is to ensure parallelism between the ridge and the course by avoiding a crooked eave. As shingling starts, the drip edge is nailed with a starter strip. This shingle is normal with the tabs turned upside-down and cut off. This offers covers for the slots of the shingles’ first row. While tacking down of each course is carried out, staggering of the shingles is done so that they follow a snapped chalk line. After every few courses, there should be taking of measurements from the peak to ensure going up straight of the roof. Avoid putting small pieces on the edges and cut any of the shingles on the edges.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

These include architectural shingles, three-tab organic shingle, and three tab fiberglass shingle. The three-tab organic shingle is the standard shingle on the majority of asphalt roofs. It shows three tabs and comes in a three-foot strip. It is made from wood composite or paper and coated with asphalt cement. The three-tab fiberglass shingle is made from fiberglass and coated with less asphalt cement. Hence it is light in weight and easy to set up. On the other hand, architectural shingles comprise a double shingle layer. It is heavy and less prone to winds.

Conclusion

These eco-friendly roofing tips will go a long way in ensuring quality roofing free from leaks. Happy roofing!