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5 Things to Know Before Putting on a New Roof

A solid roof is all about its parts. Here's what you need to know before installing a new roof.

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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

roofing shingles
roof deck protective covering
leak barriers
starter strips
solar ridge vents

More Than Shingles

A roof is more than just shingles. It's a system of layers that work together to protect your home.

Protect Your Roof Deck

To keep your roof from looking wavy, protect your roof deck. Choose covering that protects against wind-driven rain and also allows moisture to escape form your attic.

Add Leak Protection

Protect vulnerable areas around chimneys and plumbing vents with leak barriers. If you live in the north, protect against ice dams.

Starter strips along roof edges can help prevent leaks from wind damage and stop blow-offs.

Install Vents

Ridge and soffit vents help remove hot, humid air from your attic, which makes your home more comfortable and helps lower energy bills.

Choose Shingles

Choose shingles that match your style. Get shingles that look like slate or wood shakes or use an online tool to choose your own combination of color and pattern.

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