A new roof is no small task in The Woodlands TX. There are many factors that should be accounted for to ensure that there is no damage to any individuals or property. At Vanguard Roofing, we operate with this in mind, always.
The foreman and crew will inspect all grounds to ensure that any items such as patio furniture are moved out of the way. Any windows or bushes that may be damaged by the process are covered with plywood or other suitable materials for protection.
Our crew handles all removal of any existing roofing materials, down to the decking. The decking is then inspected thoroughly for rot or other damage. Up to 3 sheets of decking are included in the estimate unless specified otherwise. Should the foreman find the need to replace any additional decking, the home owner is consulted prior to moving forward to discuss the situation.
It is important to prepare the decking for the new roof. After any sections that are in need of repair are taken care of, the crew sweeps the entire roof looking for any debris that is stuck to the decking. Nails and screws that are sticking through the top are a removed to ensure that the new roof is resting on a clean, flat surface.
After the decking is ready, the underlayment is applied to the decking. We only use top quality Owens Corning Rhinoroof U20 synthetic underlayment.
After the underlayment is installed, drip edge is nailed to the entire perimeter of the roof line. This provides a coated metal edge that holds water 1 inch away from the fascia, protecting it from as much water as possible during a rain storm. The drip edge also provides support for the shingles to hang over the edge of the decking by the same amount.
Brand new pipe flashing, or roof jacks are installed around all vents, electrical inlets, and exhaust ports on the roof. These provide a water tight seal around the pipes to prevent water and other debris from working its way into the substructure.
Sometimes it appears as though the flashing on the roof can be reused. We never take the chance of a failure on an existing product. The risk of an existing product failing to save a little time does not fit into our code of ethics. Always new, always reliable.
In Texas, the use of an Ice and Water shield are not as common to install as a climate that suffers the elements of harsh winters. However, some roofs that receive a high concentration of water, such as a valley that has several roof lines above, we install the Owens Corning WEATHERLOCK®. This prevents water from making its way past the shingles and into the decking where water may back up durring a heavy rain, a common occurnace in the Houston area.
Starter strips are similar to asphalt shingles, just in a long strip. This provides a seamless strip of shingle material along the edge of the roof, just on top of the drip edge. We use the Owens Corning STARTER STRIP PLUS SHINGLES.
The shingles are then installed starting at the lowest point of each roof line to the highest. Each shingle is held on with 6 nails, providing the highest support and warranty coverage for the installed shingles. Our most popular shingle line, and our recommended is the Owens Corning Oakridge® Shingles.
Some roofs have a vent that spans some or all of the ridge at the top of the roof line. This allows the hot air in the attic to vent upwards as it warms. Some roofs are equipped with other roof mounted vents, such as the turbine style. The turbine and other similarly mounted vents will have proper flashing installed.
After the roof has been installed, the final cleanup is performed. The crew picks up all debris and removes any of the protective material installed. Magnets are used to find the small metal nails that could have fallen into the lawn area around the home perimeter. Great care is taken to ensure this mess is removed completely.