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“WHAT IS FELT PAPER?”
Felt paper is a rolled petroleum based material designed to act as a moisture barrier between your roof and decking to prevent damage to you decking and shingles from excessive moisture.

‘WHAT IS DRIP EDGE, AND RAKE EDGE?”
Drip edge is used on the eves edges, and rakes of your roof to let the water shed either into you gutters, or of the side of your roof without letting it run directly on the siding. There is a ½ inch extension on the metal to let the water drip off of it as apposed to running down it.

Rake edge is used primarily on roof overs that have pre-existing drip edge installed the rake edge looks like the letter “l’ and it helps to prevent the new roof being installed to not extend to fast into the gutters to keep them work properly. On the eves it helps cosmetically to stop the roof from protruding out too much and looking like a extension.

“WHAT IS AN ICE GUARD”
Ice guard is a product designed to prevent ice that forms in the winter on the eves edges from penetrating onto the decking underneath the shingles. And cause wood rot.

“WHAT IS STEP FLASHING”
Step flashing is a aluminium metal that is used to stop water from either getting behind siding or into chimney’s and leaking into houses.

“WHAT IS COUNTER FLASHING’
Counter flashing is the metal that goes over the step flashing on either your chimney or bricked walls where the shingles meet the metal. It is installed into the mortar joint or actual brick itself and eliminates the water from getting behind the step flashing.

“WHAT IS A BOX VENT"
A box vent is a vent that is installed over a 6’x6” hole that is either pre-cut in your roof or needs to be cut in your roof near the peak. This helps the flow of air from your soffit vents to the peak of your roof. And helps prevent damage to your roof.

“WHAT IS A RIDGE VENT”
A ridge vent is product that helps air escape from the peak of your roof. It is installed over a 2” swath that is cut on both sides of your ridge line from gable end to gable end. This allows air to flow from your soffit vents to your ridge vents.

‘WHAT IS WOOD SHAKE”
Wood shake is one of the original roofs installed in the early 50’s it was a treated wood shim shingle usually 3”-6” wide and 10”-18” long it was installed over space sheeting this was done to prevent the contractors from having to sheet the entire roof.

“WHAT IS LINING VALLEYS?”
We line the valley’s of your home with ice guard to prevent any water or moisture from penetrating to the decking.

“WHAT IS RIDGE CAP?”
Ridge cap is a specially cut shingle installed over the ridge of you home to prevent water from getting under the shingles nailed to you roof.

“WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIMENSIONAL SHINGLE AND A 3 IN 1 TAB SHINGLE?”
A dimensional shingle is a solid one piece shingle that has two no crotch lines or cut in the field of the shingle. A 3 in 1 tab is a shingle that has 3 tabs that are separated buy a cut line to give it a tabbed effect.

‘WHAT IS A SOIL PIPE COVER’
A soil pipe cove is a cover that goes over the plumbing pipe that penetrates you roof to vent the dangerous gasses from staying in your home the cover is usually 3”-4” in size and made of aluminium and has a rubber collar to make a water tight seal around the actual pipe.

“WHAT IS ICE DAMMING?”
An ice dam is the process of ice forming on the edges of a roof and prevents melting snow and ice from draining off a roof. The water that backs up behind the dam eventually can leak into the home and cause damage to insulation, ceilings, walls and other areas of your home if not caught in time. Ice Dams are the result of poor insulation or aging roofs. The ice dam will grow as it is "fed" by the onging melting snow above it. If an ice dam forms it is important to remove the ice and snow from the roof as soon as possible, so there is minimal damage, if any at all.

   
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