Roof Asset Management
HOME – Roof Design Specifications
Roof design specifications are an important part of an effective Roof Asset Management plan. The necessary input required to get to the design stage include a detailed roof system analysis along with a client consultation. Afterwards, the true needs or expectations of the building owner will be uncovered.
When the actual roof life cycle costs are revealed the true costs of a roof system can be established.
Most roofing contractors that simply want to sell a new roof don’t want their customers to see the bigger picture.
The total cost of a roof system represents the initial replacement price along with roof repairs, roof maintenance, warranties, life expectancy and inflation.
One of the leading causes of roof system failure is improper roofing installation techniques, otherwise known as poor workmanship. Another cause is incorrect roof design specifications. For example, a lack of exhaust ventilation can dramatically alter the performance characteristics of the entire roof system.
Roof system lifetime expenditures are the sum of the immediate and future costs. And a proper roof specification must incorporate all of the required roofing components for that project. A professional roof consultant will understand the entire design to build process. Roof construction industry knowledge is just not a skill set that many salesmen possess.
The proper information is the key to determining when a new roofing system should be installed. And a photo-documented roof condition report will determine the useful service life remaining. When it comes time for a complete roof replacement, choosing the right roofing materials is very important. Perhaps you have a three-tab shingle roof that failed after 18 years. Is that all you are expecting in a new roof, or would that represent a poor investment choice?
Price alone should never be the deciding factor when choosing a roof system. Also, the recommendation from a roofer with the lowest bid may not represent your best interests.
1- Metal flashing components are an integral part of any functional roof system. The most common roof flashing types are step flashing, drip edge and plumbing vent flashing’s. Metal flashing products are also installed at skylights, chimneys and walls.
2- Starter strip shingles are installed at the eaves and rakes of a roof. Starter strip shingles help protect against shingle blow-offs.
3- Ice and water protection is usually installed at eaves, valleys, and roof penetrations. This self-adhering modified bitumen product provides protection against ice dam leaks.
4- The primary underlayment product used to be a # 15 lb. asphalt saturated felt. Today synthetic underlayments are the most popular choice. Synthetic polymers are water resistant, lightweight and very durable.
5- Asphalt roof shingles come in many different styles and colors. The basic 3-tab or strip shingle is an entry line choice. Architectural laminates are gaining in popularity and are actually a better buy than three tab shingle, based on lifetime costs.
6- Ridge vents are the most common attic ventilation products in use. This type of roof ventilation allows for heat and moisture to escape from an attic space. Ridge vents are also far more attractive than traditional pan style roof vents.
7- Hip and ridge shingles come in many different profiles. These asphalt shingles are installed at hip and ridge lines, and provide a finishing touch to compliment any roof system.
Integrity Roofing Services excels in providing the correct roof design specifications for each project. A properly designed roof system that is installed correctly will cost you less in the long run.
Let us assist you in designing an Integrity roofing system that will protect you for years to come.