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Think of a leak barrier as a “second layer” of protection for your Roof Deck. A backup plan, if you will, and also a protection against moisture build up. Leak barriers are nearly always installed on top of the Drip Edge and Rake Edge metal along eaves trough areas, gable areas and valleys because of the risk these areas pose for leaks, ice build up, shingle deterioration and water back flow.
Metal shingle roofs are cheap, rugged, and long lasting. They vary from the low end of galvanized metal, like you would see on a barn, to high end copper. Metal roofing materials can be a great residential roofing option, as it is generally maintenance free and can protect from fire damage in high fire areas. Metal is another roofing material that requires proper installation as even small mistakes can cause leaks.
Shingle roofs come from different materials such as wood, slate (stone) and asphalt. Wood shingles made roofing contractors of cedar spruce or treated pines are smooth on both sides. Cedar shingles are brown or reddish when new, but turn gray in the first year. Wood shingles can shrink, warp or splinter over time. They are also susceptible to termite infestation and fire.
During the dry summer roofing companies months in Southern California we usually don’t pay much attention to our roofs. Just because it’s not raining and the roof is not leaking does not mean it isn’t subject to problems. The hot summer sun, pollutants in the air and the yearly Santa Ana winds can wreck havoc with a roof covering. Fall is a great time to inspect your roofs (or have it inspected) to make sure it’s ready to withstand the onslaught of winter rains.
Most roof coverings have what is called “underlayment” applied directly on the roof deck before the shingles are installed. This is typically 15 pound asphalt saturated felt paper that provides an additional moisture barrier to protect the wood roof deck. This underlayment should overlap the top of the drip edge flashing, not be under it. It is not uncommon to see the drip edge flashing installed over the top of the underlayment. This is wrong and will allow water to get under the edge of the flashing and damaged the edge of the roof deck.
That is not to say that this work is easy because it is hard physical labor. My old body hurts from running up and down that ladder and climbing around on a gritty, slanted surface. My elbows hurt from hammering down nails to hold the under sheeting and my palms are raw from the old asphalt shingles chewing up my skin.