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6 Major Components Of An Asphalt Shingle Roof

Asphalt shingle roofs are made up of many different parts that work together to keep your home safe from the elements. Today, we talk about six of the main components of a roofing system and explain their respective roles.

1. Asphalt shingles

The primary, most noticeable body of the roof is covered with asphalt shingles, which is why many homeowners think that roofing systems are only made up of these parts. Installation begins from the bottom and goes up to the ridges, ensuring ample coverage and the right amount of overlap.

2. Underlayment 

It gives an additional layer of protection between the deck and shingles. Available in asphalt-saturated, organic and rubberized asphalt materials, the underlayment helps protect the entire roofing system from water infiltration.

3. Ice and water barriers

Their main job is to prevent leaks from developing on your asphalt roof. These barriers focus on the weaker spots of your roof, such as the area around the chimney, dormers, valleys, skylights and vent piping.

4. Starter strip products

Starter strips are a vital component of asphalt shingle roofs. They serve as the first layer of sealant that helps keep the shingles from being blown off and from getting damaged by moisture.

5. Hip and ridge products

Also known as ridge cap shingles, these components add a beautiful finishing touch to your asphalt shingle roof. Additionally, they help protect the ridge from possible roof leaks.

6. Ventilation system

A balanced ventilation system consists of exhaust vents located at the ridges and intake vents placed at the soffits. Adequate ventilation helps eliminate damage to the roofing structure caused by heat and moisture by keeping the attic cool.

If you’re in need of a complete roof replacement, you can count on Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc. We understand the different elements of your roof and make sure to install all of them right the first time. Give us a call at (713) 466-4447, or complete our contact form to schedule a FREE estimate. We’ll be more than happy to assist you.