Building a new home is an exciting event which gives you the opportunity to select your home's features and amenities. Along with everything in your new home being clean and new, you have a chance to install the home systems in the manner that is best for your needs. Your home's new roof is no exception and you can add to it the features to protect your home from excessive moisture, snow, and ice dams. Here are some recommendations to add into your home's new roof to keep it well-built and long-lasting.
Ice and Water Barrier
In areas of the country where the weather can freeze in the winter months, your roof and home can be at risk of damage from ice dam formation. Ice dams form when water and slush freeze along the edges and in the valleys of your roof. When this process repeatedly occurs for several days, a thick layer of ice builds up and forms under your roof shingles.
However, you can install an ice barrier over your roofing deck in specific areas prone to this occurrence. This barrier adheres onto the roofing deck and if moisture gets beneath your shingles it won't enter into your attic. This ice guard becomes sealed to your roof when the shingles are attached, providing great extra protection to your home.
If your climate experiences wind and wet weather, such as hurricanes, the ice guard will protect from moisture blowing under your shingles. Also, if your roof loses shingles during a heavy wind storm, a continuous ice and water barrier will protect your roofing deck from leaks.
A home built in areas of the country that have a lot of rain and high humidity can lead to mold and moss growth on your roof. Although this phenomenon might look pretty on your roof, just like a beautiful cascading icicle, it is slowly damaging your roofing shingles. When moss, mold, and lichens grow on your shingles, they have tiny root systems that grow into your shingles and break them down, turning them into decomposing shingles.
You can prevent damaging growth on your new home's shingles by installing a zinc strip at the ridge lines of your roof and gables. When rain falls upon the zinc, it flows down the roof and prevents the growth of living plants on your shingles.
Talk to your roofing contractor as they plan and build your home's new construction roof to add these and other essential elements to provide extra protection to your new roof.