Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by Danielle Beaver
When you’re in the market for a roof repair or replacement, you probably wonder what makes it work. Is it the shingles? The answer is, these singles alone cannot protect your home. In fact, “it takes an integrated system of components and layers designed to help perform in three critical areas”. This system includes three components as described by Owen’s Corning as: seal, defend, and breathe.
Seal is the part of the system that creates a water-proof barrier to your roof. It includes underlayment products and the ice and water shield around the eaves and valleys of your roof, and the vents, skylights, and chimneys. The seal part of the roofing system blocks water to prevent rot and mold.
Defend is the part of the system that protects your home against nature’s elements. It includes your shingles and hip/ridge shingles. Though it may be the “pretty” part of your roof, the “defend” layer provides a tough defense against blow offs and dents from hail.
Breathe is the part of the system that optimizes airflow into your attic. It includes intake/exhaust ventilation and vents. “Breathe” reduces heat and moisture buildup that can lead to ice damming, roof deterioration, and mold infestation. “This helps air flow through the attic to manage temperature and moisture.”
Also, there is an additional layer to the system that is not always recognized: INSULATION or “comfort”! Insulation provides comfort to those in your home. It helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As a result, the O.C. Roofing System is: Seal, Defend, Breathe, and Comfort!
In combination, these four layers guarantee that your roof is doing what a roof is supposed to do: protect the interior of your home from water, weather, temperature, and rot/mold.
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