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Morris County Roofers: Article About How To Weatherproof A Roof

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General wear and tear of homes and roofs is expected, but extreme weather can cause serious damage to the exterior of a home. The best tool to fight damage on a roof is weatherproofing. The act of weatherproofing is especially important in areas where snow, rain, wind and other dangerous weather conditions are more likely. For example, in New Jersey, Morris County roofers suggest that a roof should be examined on an annual basis to make sure it is ready for the elements. Use these tips to help weatherproof a roof.

The first step in weatherproofing is to repair and replace any damage to the roof decking. The roof decking is the wood sheathing underneath the shingles. If this area has experienced water damage, it could be compromised and less likely to protect the home against future weather events, leading to leaking and water damage. It is important to replace these damaged areas as soon as possible.

The next step is to lay a water repellent layer under the shingles. One of the more popular products right now is a felt peel and stick underlayment.

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This material can be stuck directly to the wood sheathing and is better than traditional felt paper because it doesn't curl and sticks well to the sheet next to it. Additionally, when a shingle is nailed through the shield, the rubberized material creates a seal around the nail, so water cannot leak through the nail hole.

When building a new home or replacing a roof, adding or replacing this additional weatherproofing layer is easily done all at once. However, if this is not the case, another option is to add the material to places where leaks are most likely, such as near the edge of the roof and under broken and rotting shingles.

An additional shielding option is to apply a water proofing chemical over shingles. This step is especially important when shingles are wood. The waterproofing solution is typically water or oil based and will seal off shingles from water damage, requiring replacement of shingles less often.

Finally, replace broken and damaged shingles. Broken, rotting and missing shingles expose the roof to the elements and increase the likelihood of damage. Check the roof every year to make sure all of the shingles are secure.

Following these steps will help create a more weather and water resilient roof. This will help lessen the likelihood of damage and save homeowners money in repair costs.

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