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Roof Repair Benefits

The roof is one of the most crucial components of a home. It protects the walls, insulation and other structural features of a home from natural elements and pests.

A leaky roof can damage ceiling materials, rot wood framing and sheathing and even cause mold. Repairing leaks early will save you costly repairs. Learn more about Parma Roofers.

Roof Valleys

Valleys are areas of your roof where the slope of one or more roof sections meet. These are often leak-prone spots because they channel water down to the base of a rafter or wall, and they’re also places where ice dams and snow can build up.

The type of valley you have installed affects how long your roof will last and how well it’ll function. Many roofers use woven or cutout-style shingle valleys, which offer a clean appearance and are cheaper, but they don’t last as long as other types of valleys and may even leak. They’re also prone to clogging with leaves and debris.

Instead, we recommend installing a heavy gauge metal open style valley with 2 applications of ice and water shield. At Dayus, we typically install a W shaped galvanized metal valley. If you’re comparing roof repair quotes, make sure the company you select is using a high quality metal valley and ice and water shield.

Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing creates a seal between your roof and chimney, guarding both against water penetration. It includes three major parts: step flashing, counter flashing (or cap flashing) and base flashing.

Step flashing consists of L-shaped pieces that sit under your shingles and along the brick of your chimney. Counter flashing, also known as cap flashing, covers the step flashing and is embedded into a groove that a contractor cuts into your chimney brickwork.

Saddle flashing lies on top of the base flashing to form a peak that allows water and snow to run off your roof and chimney rather than collecting there, which can cause damage to both. When properly installed, these flashings prevent leaks in and around your chimney that can lead to wood rot and drywall damage inside the house. A qualified roofing and chimney company will use a first-rate caulk to make sure your flashings are watertight. Nevertheless, it is important to have them examined regularly for cracks and deterioration.

Ridge Caps

The ridge line is where the two sides of the roof panels meet, leaving an opening that can be susceptible to rain or snow penetration. Without the protection of a ridge cap, moisture can seep into your home, causing damage to furniture and other items inside.

A ridge cap covers the peak of your roof, protecting it from weather elements and other debris. It also prevents water from penetrating the roof through this gap. This ensures your roof stays sturdy, even in harsh conditions.

Roof ridge caps are made in the same gauge, tensile strength and color as the roofing panels to provide an appealing finish. They are also hemmed to prevent any gaps or sharp corners. Some ridge caps are vented to increase air circulation and decrease heat absorption, helping to reduce energy costs in your home. Ridge capping is a key component of any roofing system, and regular inspections can identify issues early to keep your roof safe and functional.

Rafter Tails

Rafter tails are the exposed ends of a roof’s wood structural trusses, often detailed with scroll cuts. They are often boxed in with fascia and soffit materials to protect the ends of rafters from decay caused by water damage. The fascia and soffit boards also offer an opportunity to install custom details on the end of your home’s roofline.

Professional roofers have the experience and equipment to handle even the most complicated roof repairs. They also have the proper safety gear to handle adverse weather conditions. And as professionals, they are less likely to injure themselves than a layperson would be while trying to complete a DIY project. So you can save money and avoid the stress of doing it yourself by hiring a professional.

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