This beautiful, original, two story home in Louisiana was needing a new roof due to age and blown off shingles from a recent wind storm. The home owner had one main concern: protect his roof from future wind storms. We were able to ensure his home would be prepared for the strongest winds in two specific ways.
1. We upgraded his hip and ridge shingles to boost his roof’s wind rating. The vast majority of asphalt-shingle roofs built today are done so using “30 year” shingles for the field, and using cut “25 year” shingles for the hips and ridges of the roof. The reason roofers use the “25 year” shingles on the hips and ridges is to save money. The downside to this approach is that your roof will be warrantied by the manufacturer for 110 m.p.h. on the field, but only 60 m.p.h. on the hips and ridges. Because we knew wind protection was a priority, we made this customer aware of the optional hip and ridge shingle upgrade. By spending a little more money upfront, we were able to install the manufacturer’s unique “Shadow Ridge” shingles which upgraded his entire roof’s wind warranty to 130 m.p.h.!
2. The second important detail we addressed was the window dormer on the front of his home. While most of the home had a slope of 6/12, the area covering the dormer fell just under a 4/12 pitch; specifically, it had a slope of 17 degrees. The shingle manufacturer we were using (CertainTeed) has very specific installation requirements for “low slope” application (a slope less than 18.5 degrees). In this instance they require at least a double layering of underlayment, but they recommend using their Ice & Water Shield membrane called Winter Guard. The homeowner opted to install Winter Guard and as an added precaution we sealed the perimeter shingles with a roofing cement called Karnak 19. By being aware of and following proper installation requirements, we were able to ensure that the most susceptible part of our client’s roof was protected and that if the shingles did fail, the manufacturer would honor their warranty.
By the end of this two-day project, we left our client feeling he had made the right choice. This was because we were able to serve him in a professional, knowledgeable and transparent manner. At Republic Roof Systems we are always on YOUR side, and we promise to do as much as we can to help you make the decision that’s right for YOU.