International Building Code
I.B.C. has been developed and is always being updated to guide Construction and ensure the improvement of building standards as more information is obtained with regards to durability, energy efficiency, and effectiveness of construction practices. Although very few municipalities require contractors to build to the extremely high standards of I.B.C., we chose to on every roof we build. This not only improves the durability and energy ratings of our customers, it sets us apart from nearly everyone else in the industry.
Most residential roofing contractors don't remove underlayment in order to inspect the wood decking. We, however, take the extra step to inspect the entire roof decking for overall strength and ability to securely hold the nails and shingles. If the wood underneath your felt has become soft or rotten, it must be replaced or your entire roof will continue to rot underneath your shingles.
This is the most essential step in the roofing process to protect your decking from moisture. If installed improperly it can lead to leaks and rotten decking. This can also cause the shingles to crack and deteriorate more quickly. Therefore we use high quality felt paper and add Storm Guard to all the valleys, around chimneys, and anywhere that your roof meets wood or brick.
Upon selecting the type and color of your shingles we nail each shingle with 5 nails, rather than the industry practice of just four. We also add starter strip to the entire perimeter to increase your roofs resistance to wind damage.
Flashing is where most leaks occur. Many contractors give a minimum amount of attention to these areas and simply concentrate on replacing shingles. We will add or replace any and all flashings as necessary to ensure a leak free roof. For vent pipes we use lead jacks as opposed to neoprene boots so that they will not crack or ever leak. Additionally, we take other extra steps like painting visible flashing to match the color of the roof so your new roof is as beautiful as possible.
Improper ventilation of your attic will cause high temperatures and will void the manufacturer's warranty. High attic temperatures will result in large energy bills and a/c wear and tear. Additionally, it can cause your roof to last half as long as it should. It is essential that we do an analysis of current ventilation and give you the specified amount of vents required to maintain your manufacturer's warranty and reduce your energy costs.
During the installation, we make sure all building code inspections occur at proper times. Plus, the Production Manager continually oversees the installation and completes a checklist. After the installation, we will complete a checklist and finally the quality control Project Inspector makes sure the Roof System was installed to our own high standards.
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