In the U.S., asphalt shingles are one of the most popular residential roofing materials. Aside from being cost-effective, they are also stable and sustainable. They come in a variety of colors, textures and styles to complement different households. Before pushing through with your residential roofing plans, check out this quick guide about the components of asphalt shingles.
What Are Asphalt Shingles?
Despite the name, asphalt shingles aren’t solely made of asphalt. Their components vary, but are mostly composed of mineral fiber and cement fillers. There are also organic, algae-resistant or fiberglass asphalt shingles.
What Are Their Key Components?
The underlayment is a water-resistant material that provides the roofing system with added protection against severe weather. The main purpose of this component is to seal your roof and prevent wind and water infiltration.
- Ice and Water Barriers
This shouldn’t be disregarded as this waterproof underlayment item is made to protect vulnerable areas from ice and water damage. It usually features a modified bitumen adhesive back surface covered by a release film. Roofers would ensure that the item adheres properly to the roof and forms a watertight seal around nail penetrations placed.
- Ventilation System
Proper ventilation design and construction are essential to your roofing system. The design of your roof should allow for generous air space for insulation and airflow under the roof and eaves. With this, you can be assured that conditioned air won’t escape too fast through the vents, helping reduce your electricity bills.
If you’re interested in learning more about roofs and related projects like skylights, get in touch with the TopTier Roofing team at (315) 871-5681, or fill out our contact form. We serve multiple areas in New York and nearby areas. We look forward to working with you.