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RESIDENTIAL ROOFING COMPOSITION

Residential Roofing Products

A roof system is comprise of much more than just shingles. All the components work together to keep moisture out, energy costs low and your home looking fantastic. Protecting your roof starts from the bottom up:

1st – Leak Barrier

Helps to prevent leaks caused by wind-driven rain or ice dams. 


2nd – roof deck protection

Helps shield the roof deck from moisture infiltration



3RD – STARTER STRIP SHINGLES

GUARDS AGAINST SHINGLES BEING BLOWN OFF OF THE ROOF


4TH – LIFETIME SHINGLES

CREATES THE AESTHETIC LOOK OF THE ROOF AND IS THE 1ST LINE OF PROTECTION AGAINST THE ELEMENTS


5TH – COBRA ATTIC VENTILATION


REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE AND HEAT THAT IS IN THE ATTIC OF THE HOME


6TH – RIDGE CAP SHINGLES

USED AT THE PEAK OF THE ROOF TO PROTECT FROM WATER INFILTRATING THE ROOF

Roofing Shingles

Companies life GAF and CertainTeed manufacture high-quality asphalt roofing shingles in a wide variety of styles and colors for residential homes. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used residential roofing products currently. There are three major categories of roofing shingles which include strip roofing shingles, dimensional roofing shingles and premium roofing shingles.

Strip shingles are single layered roofing shingles designed to look like slate. CertainTeed manufactures strip shingles under the product names CT™ 20XT™ 25, and XT™ 30.

Dimensional roofing shingles are usually heavier in weight than strip roofing shingles and have two-plus layers giving them a three dimensional look. They are manufactured as dual-layered or multi-layered products for better quality and appearance. CertainTeed manufactures the Landmark® Series Roofing Shingle for their dimensional roofing shingle. GAF makes the Timberline Natural Shadow Charcoal Lifetime Architectural Shingles. 

Premium roofing shingles are typically twice the weight and provide enhanced protection as well as aesthetics with their increased design element. CertainTeed manufactures Grand Manor®Presidential Shake® TL, and Carriage House®. GAF has what they call GAF Designer Lifetime Roofing Shingles. 

Underlayments

Underlayments are designed for roof decks as a water-resistant layer beneath the roofing shingles. CertainTeed manufactures felt underlayments ShingleFelt® 30 and a fiber glass-reinforced felt underlayment Roofers’ Select®. They also make a high performance synthetic underlayment called DiamondDeck®. Waterproofing shingle underlayments prevent leaks caused by ice dams or wind-driven rain in vulnerable areas. CertainTeed manufactures the product WinterGuard® as well for harsher weather. 

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​Hip and Ridge

Accessory shingles are used to finish the hips and ridges of the roof and have the same warranty as the shingles. There are many options designed to complement the appearance of shingles and provide the same level of protection and durability. CertainTeed manufactures hip and ridge accessories called ShadowRidge® and Mountain Ridge®.

Attic Ventilation

Proper attic ventilation allows a continuous flow of outside air to pass through the attic which provides for a cooler attic in the summer and dryer attic in the winter. It’s a balanced system between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (usually at the ridge of the roof). CertainTeed offers Ridge Vent, Rolled Ridge Vent, Static Vents, and Intake Vent products for attic ventilation. 

Starter Shingles

Starter shingles save time when a new roof is being installed. They are designed to start a new row of shingles and work with different styles of shingles for consistent appearance and performance. CertainTeed manufactures starter shingles like Swiftstart® to be used with the Landmark® series and High Performance Starter to be used with Grand Manor®Highland Slate® and Hatteras® shingles.