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Roofing FAQ

Find answers to common questions about shingles and metal roofing from Western Products. Here is our roofing FAQ, answered by our roofing experts.

Can’t I just do the work myself?
Western Products employs factory-trained roofing installers. They are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Additionally, on some products, the warranty could be void if not installed properly by professionals.

What is an ice dam?
Ice dams form when warmth from inside the home melts the bottom layer of snow on the roof. This sends water trickling down to the edge. Exposed to frigid air, it immediately refreezes, clogging gutters. This causes the water behind it to pool up and find a path into the home below, usually through the shingles. Ice dams are more common in older or poorly insulated homes and those with low-pitch roofs. CertainTeed offers a WinterGuard® waterproofing shingle underlayment to help prevent ice damming. Learn more about WinterGuard® here. Or, talk to your roofing expert about insulating the attic of your home for even more protection against ice damming.

What is a roofing underlayment?
A roofing underlayment is typically a rubberized membrane that goes under shingles to prevent water penetration. It is the one piece of a roofing system that is expressly designed to be waterproof. Without a self-adhered underlayment, water from wind-driven rain or ice dams can infiltrate under your shingles. This can severely damage your roof, or even worse, the inside of your home.

Why is roof ventilation so important?
Good ventilation promotes proper air circulation in your attic. This keeps it cooler in the summer months, and dilutes and removes moisture in both winter and summer. Both are factors in preventing damage to a roof deck and premature distortion and deterioration of shingles. Proper ventilation can also help to prevent ice damming in the frigid winter months by controlling the moisture.

How do I know which type of roof is right for me?
There are so many types of roofing to choose from. Because of this, it is best to speak with a professional to discuss your options and find the best fit for your home. A Western Products roofing professional will be more than happy to go over the available types of roofing. They will help you decide what would be best for the architectural style and needs of your roof.

Why are more people choosing metal roofs for their homes?
Metal is a great choice for a house in snow country, as well as agricultural areas. There are many types of steel to choose from, including galvanized low-end and high-end copper as well as many more options in between. There are also numerous types of metal roofing styles, ranging from “standing seam” to several types of metal shingles. Metal roofing is extremely durable in extreme conditions. It is also long lasting (most metal roofs last for up to 50 years) and can even help to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

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