Your roof is a much more complex structure than you may realize. A simple layer of shingles is insufficient as a weather barrier, and in most regions of North America the typical house features a roof with several components including water-resistant or waterproof membranes, possibly some builder’s felt, metal flashing, drip edges, and shingles. Because of the wide range of skills required to properly repair or replace a roof, most homeowners trust a Colorado Springs to ensure their roof underlayment is appropriate for the job, and correctly installed.
As you can see, this is an incredibly important aspect of your roof structure. Before you decide to replace your roof, make sure you talk to a qualified Colorado Springs roofing professional about the best options for your roof. It’s always best to seek professional help so that you know your roof will provide optimum protection and durability for an affordable price.
When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, doing your homework can save you a great deal of time and money in the long run. Every year, millions of Americans end up spending thousands of dollars more than they should on repairing shoddy, incomplete, or thoroughly bad work done by roofing contractors claiming to provide exceptional and professional services. Many more end up being overcharged, put on hold in the middle of a job, or finding out the hard way that the contractor's warranty simply did not apply when put to the test. Taking the time to thoroughly research a repair professional is the best way to ensure you end up with not only the highest quality service, but that you are able to sleep easier at night knowing that you have chosen the right person to care for your home.
In some cases, a smaller, independent company is a better bet for your project because of the low prices, individual attention, and personal touch you are likely to get from that sort of business. In other cases, a larger company is a better choice, especially if you need a repair done quickly, do not have time to do a lot of research, or are willing to pay more for extended warranties, quick service, and the peace of mind that comes with choosing an established name. In the end, the decision depends upon the homeowner's personal preferences, the type of repair that needs to be done, and old-fashioned intuition.
Roofing - Under the Shingles - What's Under the Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Rubber Or Clay Tiles on a Roof
Roof valleys are a frequent source of leaks in older houses. Installation procedures differ depending on the roof type and materials used. We will look here at the basic installation of an open lead lined roof valley.
A roof valley is basically a gutter set between two meeting pitched roofs. Depending on the roof area it serves, the valley is the exit point for a large volume of water so extreme care should be taken with installation. If the roof has been leaking for a while or if there are any signs of rot, you will need to start by replacing the valley boards. Lead sheet is not self supporting and should be placed on treated roofing boards of sufficient strength to hold a large person. (Most roofing contractors are big guys!) Fit boards of sufficient width to accommodate the lead plus 100mm either side. This will give you something to nail the roofing batons to.
The top of the valley boards should be at the same level as the top of the roof rafters. If you lay the boards directly on top of the rafters it may cause the roofing tiles to kick up and restrict water run off. You will need to cut the valley boards to fit in between the rafters. Support the valley boards with studs or noggins. The valley should finish on an even plane at the eaves. It should not kick up higher than the bottom rafters. If it does, you will need to cut the fascia board or adjust the gutter to suit. It is a good idea to fit a tilting fillet each side of the valley. This angled strip of wood runs along the valley length and should be a minimum of 150mm from the centre of the valley. It should sit no higher than the roofing batons with the thinnest end closest to the centre of the valley.
It is common practice to fit a single sheet of roofing underlay the entire length of the valley. The adjacent roofing underlay will rest on top of this sheet. I recommend you use one of the new advanced synthetic underlay materials. The older bitumen based felts are fine for normal roofing situations but are not suitable for valleys. Over time the bitumen will bond the lead to the boards and restrict thermal movement. You should ensure you buy lead of a sufficient grade/code for valley applications. This should be between 1.80mm and 2.24mm thickness. If you are unsure ask your roofing merchant of the correct grade. The lead should be cut into sections no larger than 1.5 meters in length to allow sufficient thermal movement. Bend a welt into the lead 25mm each side. This acts as a last line of defence for water penetration. It also has the added benefit of stiffening the lead, which makes carrying it up the roof a lot easier.
Starting at the bottom of the valley, dress the lead neatly onto the valley boards and over the tilting fillets. The bottom of the lead should allow correct drainage into the gutter. Fix two rows of nails at the very top of the flashing. Use copper or stainless steel nails. Never use galvanised or aluminum nails which will just react with the lead and corrode. I recommend you use the minimum amount of fixing possible to hold the lead in place. If you over fix lead sheeting it will eventually split due to thermal movement. So don't nail the sides. When you have successfully dressed the first sheet you can move up the roof laying subsequent sheets. Overlap each sheet a minimum of 150mm. On lower pitched roof valleys you will need to increase the lap. Where the valley ends at the ridge, you will need to dress the lead so it can sit neatly under the ridge tiles. You are now ready to start fixing the batons and laying the roofing tiles. The key points to remember are to keep the sheet lengths down to 1.5 meters and don't over fix. If you follow the procedure outlined and take care with the dressing you will produce a durable maintenance free valley.
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