Getting Started On Your Roof

Roofing keeps us dry in rain, holds the heat in winter, and blocks the hot sun out in the summer. It also adds aesthetic appeal to our home. Whether your motivation is to keep the weather out, improve your home’s curb appeal, or both, Curtis Lumber has the materials and expertise to help you get your project done right the first time.

How Do I Know if I Need a New Roof?

Your roof is actually a system made up of components that work together to properly protect and ventilate your home. If all of these components aren’t working correctly, your roof may not only leak, but cause your interior to mold.

Indications that you might need a new roof:

  • Loose, warped or worn roofing material
  • Excessive granule loss from shingles in gutters, on lower roofs, etc.
  • Discolored paint or peeling wallpaper inside the home indicating a presence of moisture
  • Moss or Algae growth
  • Buckling, Curling, or Blistering Shingles
  • Missing Shingles or Rotting
  • Water spots on ceilings inside home
  • Damaged Flashing
  • Mold in attic
  • Uneven snow melt across surface of the roof

Just because your roof is leaking, does not mean you need to replace your roof. Your friendly Curtis Lumber salesperson can help you to determine whether or not repair or replacement is the right option.

What are the Components of a Roofing System?

A roof is a system of components working together to shield your home from the elements.

Roofing: Shingles, metal, wood shakes, composites, or other surface that protects the roof deck from the weather.

Underlayment:: Protection under a roof’s surface to prevent leaks from ice dams & wind driven rains, examples are felt paper, ice & water barrier, etc.

Deck: Boards or plywood that are attached to the rafters to cover the building.

Rafters or Trusses: The structural part of a roof, used to support the roof as well as the weight of anything on the roof (snow is most likely).

Flashing: Metal or other material installed at joints and valleys to protect from leaks.