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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Your Roof: More Than Just Shingles

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Getting your roof repaired and replaced is a big deal for homeowners; as one of your more significant repairs, it’s important to know a bit about your roof and what goes into restoration to avoid feeling taken advantage of by a contractor.

More than just shingles

Your roof is an intricate network of systems that all work harmoniously to provide shelter and shade from Mother Nature’s onslaught. All of these materials and systems are designed to work together to form a water-tight barrier that will protect your most valuable asset--your home. As you consider the job before you, take note of some of these components and understand why they are necessary to a well-functioning system:

Roof deck

This strong and sturdy base forms the foundation for your roof; construction-grade plywood is carefully placed in a substantial layer across your home’s exterior, reinforcing the structure itself and preparing the roof bed for nails. The stronger the roof deck, the sturdier your roof will be upon completion.

Eaves edge

The eaves edge is the series of boards that run along the edge of a roof. They extend past the walls of your home and perform the vital function of helping to throw water and other debris far from your foundation.

Water barrier

A water barrier is a critical component of a roof system; we believe this is the single most effective aspect of installation that can protect your home from moisture and resulting damage. Water and other debris have a tendency to collect in low, flat, or angled areas of your roof; adding this extra layer of protection is essential for protecting your home and belongings from water damage.

Hip and ridge

The hip and ridge sections of your roof are its crowning glory; it is especially important to seal these areas properly, as this sharp intersection of your roof’s planes can be an open gateway for leakage. Extra attention is placed on quality installation of materials in this area of your roof, as it adds additional strength to your structure.

Boots and flashings

Boots and flashings exist as an extra seal around holes in your roof made to accommodate ventilation, chimney, and other modifications. Boots and flashings must be tight-fitting and provide superior protection against leaks and debris. These areas of your roof may be made of rubber or metal, and when installed correctly, are considered an extra layer of protection against damage from the elements.


If your home is not well ventilated, it can cause excess moisture and heat to build up inside your attic. This excess heat and moisture not only results in higher energy bills, but over time it will cause damage to both the interior and exterior layers of your home. Areas of your roof that allow fresh air to flow into and out of your home provide adequate ventilation to assist your roof in heating and cooling your home properly.

Outer Layers

Outer layers of metal, shingles, or tilerovide the finishing touch on a well-constructed roof. Depending on your budget, your home’s unique style, and the finished look that you desire, your choice of outer layer material will provide strength and a polished appearance for your home and property. Talk to a contractor regarding the advantages that exist for each type of roof and choose the material that suits both your style and budget.

Need a new roof? Contact us today!

Florida’s best roofing company is ready to serve you; with superior customer service, knowledgeable staff, and a passion for creating beautiful roofs, Len’s Roofing can tackle your job with ease. Whether you need repair or complete replacement for your roof, we will work with you to find the most beautiful look for your budget. Contact us today for your free assessment; visit for more information or call us at 941-896-7897.


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