Having a new roof put on your house is a major undertaking. Unfortunately, it can also be majorly stressful, if you forget to make certain demands when drawing up the contract with your roofer. If you have plans to re-roof your home in the near future, read on. This article will outline three items you should be sure to stipulate on your next roofing contract.
The wider your chimney, the more important it is to have a chimney cricket installed. That's because chimneys tend to act as a sort of dam, proving the perfect place for things like twigs, leaves, and moss to build up. This sort of detritus retains a lot of moisture, thereby increasing the rate of roof rot, rusted flashing, and other costly roof ailments.
Also known as a chimney saddle, a cricket prevents this unwanted build up from occurring behind your chimney. The cricket resembles a miniature roof: two pieces of plywood placed together at an angle and then shingled over. This allows water and debris to drain away from the chimney, thus preventing unwanted moisture retention.
The edge of a roof doesn't always border open air. Instead, a portion of roof will often terminate at the sidewall of a different part of your home. This leads to a potentially dangerous scenario where water management is concerned. Unless water is properly channeled away, it will end up flowing down--and possibly even into--the wall, thus leading to wood rot and/or leaks.
This problem can be prevented through the installation of kick-out flashing. This simple fix involves affixing an angled piece of metal flashing beneath the shingle at the edge of the roof. The flashing helps to divert water away from the wall, thereby greatly reducing the risk of rot as time goes on.
Gutters are one of the most important ways to protect your home from water damage. Yet gutters alone can't solve all problems. That's because the water flowing off of your roof has a nasty way of doubling back along the underside of the last shingle. This leads to water sneaking behind your gutter and coming in contact with the vulnerable side of your home.
A reroofing project is the perfect time to address this issue through the addition of so-called gutter aprons. Gutter aprons are installed beneath the row of shingles at the edg of the roof using Winnipeg Roofers cement. Once in place, they keep rainwater from sneaking back toward your house along the underside of the shingles. Instead, that water is diverted safely into the gutters.