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Roofing Basics From Handy Andy Services

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Summary: For superior quality and professional roofing installation and home remodeling and renovation services, look no farther than to Handy Andy Services to meet these needs.

The major function of a roof is to protect the interior of the home and all its occupants from the elements – snow, rain, wind, ice etc. The effectiveness of a roof in keeping out the elements is proportional to the technical design quality of the roof structure and the roofing components. The type of roof you have will determine how easily water and other elements are diverted.

A roof is made up of 5 key roofing components;

  • Underlayment: This is the black saturated asphalt felt paper. For valleys and near flashing, use of waterproof membranes and sweat sheets, vapor barriers can be utilized.
  • Flashing: This refers to the metal pieces that are used to divert water from places where it might collect or enter a home, such as hips and valleys or where the roof meets the house at the veneer (brick/siding)
  • Shingles or Tile— The shingles is the top layer of the roof and forms the outermost barrier against the elements.
  • Trim— The trim protects the seams anywhere there is a roof, such as a hip or a ridge
  • Drip Edge: These are metal strips on the edge of the roof under the shingles and attached to the fascia to prevent water from dripping and rotting the fascia overtime.

Residential homes in America utilize asphalt shingles as they are easily available, come in variety of colors, energy efficient, easy to install and have a high price/durability ratio. There are generally three grades of asphalt shingles that you can choose from. Roofing manufacturers and contractors typically refer to them as “good”, “better” and “best” products.

The lower tier includes what’s known as “3-tab” shingles. These are simple shingles with 3 tabs, usually very flat without much thickness and tend to have the shortest warranty duration.

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The “better” and “best” category includes shingles often referred to as architectural shingles, also known as dimensional shingles. They’re thicker than the 3-tab variety, with some of the premium/luxury products having a thickness of three ‘standard’ shingles. They’re offered in more shapes and their thickness gives them and the roof more visual texture. They’re also usually warranted for a longer period of time than economy 3-tab shingles.

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One of the surest signs of an aging roof is finding piles of granules inside your gutters. These colored mineral granules coat the surface of asphalt shingles and help protect them from sun and hail damage. As the shingles age, these granules loosen and are washed into the gutters. Your roofing shingles typically last from 8 – 15 years depending on if they are the 3-tab shingles or the architectural shingles. Lifetime shingles does not mean the human life but the shingle life and a 30 year shingle should typically be replaced after 15 years.

Factors that affect the life of a roof and shingles is elements (wind//rain/ice), trees and overhanging branches, resin and debris from trees, sun and its effects along with wind, pitch of the roof and the structure and installation of the roof and shingles.

As a homeowner, it is important that you periodically have your roof inspected for wear and it is good practice to replace your boots every 5 years.

Handy Andy Services can help you with all your roofing repairs and new roof installation. Our technicians are highly skilled, diligent workers that keep safety as a high priority when working on a roof. A quality roof besides providing great aesthetic looks, protects your home and can help in a quick sale transaction. The competitive advantage of selecting Handy Andy Services as your provider of choice is our ability to deliver absolute quality outcomes, seamless orchestration and execution of activities across multiple crews while ensuring speed to deliver and timeliness. Communication with the client throughout the project, status updates and recommendations are part of our execution strategy.

Handy Andy Services has been providing superior quality home renovation and home remodeling services to clients in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas including Myers Park, Cornelius, Concord, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Dilworth, Waxhaw, Fort Mill, Lake Wylie, Ballantyne, South Park, Waxhaw, Weddington and Marvin. You can confidently opt for the best basement remodeling and home renovation with Handy Andy Services, a provider that can deliver and exceed your expectations.

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