Roofing Systems

    You need a complete roofing system as it takes more than just roofing shingles to protect your home. You must install an integrated system of roofing components and layers that will work in tandem to give your residential building all-round protection in three critical areas.


    These Include:

    • Seal To create a waterproof barrier

    • Defend To protect against nature's elements

    • Breathe To promote balanced attic ventilation


    Total Protection Roofing System

    A total protection roofing system meets three main objectives: Seal, Defend and Breathe.


    Using the right material to create a waterproof barrier that prevents rot and mold by keeping out water from ice damming and rains is the first objective that a good roofing system must achieve. Defending the roof especially vulnerable components or areas like eaves and peaks from wind or water is the second objective. Using the right roofing products can result in a strong layer of defense that avoids blow offs and can help shed water quickly from the roof deck. The final objective that a good roofing system must meet is to lessen heat and moisture buildup that can cause roof deterioration and mold infestation.


    For more information on total protection roof systems and how to get one for your building, you can speak to our roofing experts.


    Roofing Vocabulary

    Rafter: Structural wood, usually slanted, to which sheathing is attached.

    Rake: The slanting edge of a gable roof at the end wall of the house.

    Ridge: The horizontal line at the top edge of two sloping roof planes.

    Sheathing: Boards or sheet material that are nailed to the rafters to which shingles or other outside roofing materials are secured.

    Shingle Flashing: Flashing that is laid in strips under each shingle and bent up at the edge of a chimney or wall.

    Pitch (Slope): The number of inches of vertical rise in a roof per 12-inches of horizontal distance.

    Soffit: The area that encloses the underside of that portion of the roof that extends out beyond the sidewalls of the house.

    Square: One hundred square feet of roof or the amount of roofing material needed to cover 100 square feet when properly applied.

    Underlayment: The material (usually roofing felt) laid on top of sheathing before shingles are applied.

    Valley: Where two sloping roof sections come together.

    Valley Flashing: The metal or fabric in valleys, extending in under the shingles on both sides.

    Built-Up Roof: A low-slope or flat roof covered with alternating layers of roofing felt and hot-mopped asphalt and topped off with a layer of gravel.

    Cornice: The wood or metal finishing at ends or edges of buildings including a fascia, frieze, or rake.

    Counter Flashing: The flashing that is embedded, or attached, and sealed at its top in a wall or other vertical structure and is lapped down over base flashing.

    Courses: Horizontal rows of shingles or tiles.

    Drip: The strip of metal extending out beyond the eaves or rakes to prevent rainwater from curling around the shingles back into the wooden portion of the house.

    Eaves: The lower edge of a roof (often overhanging beyond the edge of the house).

    Eave, Ice, and Snow Guard: A 3-foot wide rubber membrane adhered to the sheathing at the roof’s edge that attempts to stop migrating water from entering your home during severe ice dams.

    Felt: The bituminous paper used by roofers, usually made of a combination of asphalt and either paper or rags.

    Fascia: A decorative board extending down from the roof edge either at the eave or at the rake.

    Flashing: Sheet metal or other material used at various planes on a roof to prevent water leakage.

    Frieze Board: A board at the top of the house's finished wall, forming a corner with the soffit.


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    Our residential roofing product collection includes all those supplies needed to build a strong roofing system for your home. These products are designed for steep slope applications and include roofing shingles, siding, roofing accessories, underlayments & other roofing products.