Three Cheap Ways To Make Your Roof More Weatherproof

Ensuring your roof is able to stand up to the elements is a very important part of being a homeowner. The roof protects the rest of the water from sunlight, water, and cold temperatures. For it to perform these functions correctly, there are a number of things you need to do.

Weatherproofing a roof can be quite expensive. However, this isn't a task that can be put off. Therefore, you need to explore alternative ways of inexpensively weatherproofing your roof.

Use a Peel-and-Stick Underlayment

Shingle roofs are mostly installed with an underlayment that's made from rolled felt/asphalt, commonly known as tar paper. However, this type of underlayment can be affected by weather conditions, causing it to lose its integrity. It can also be difficult to lay, which is a problem for an amateur.

Peel-and-stick underlayment has a strong adhesive on every square inch and, once it's placed on the plywood, it's almost impossible to remove unless the conditions are exceptionally severe. With this type of underlayment, you won't have to worry about leaks even during construction.

Perhaps the best part is that you can get a good discount from your insurance company if you install this underlayment.

Using Spray Foam

The most common type of spray foam used on roofs is spray polyurethane foam (SPF). It is a foam plastic that is applied by spraying. In Arkansas, it's still a liquid. However, it expands to several times its initial size after spraying. The density can be adjusted as required.

This form of coating provides insulation and can significantly reduce the energy usage of your house in both warm and cold weather. It's also quite effective against hail and will last for several decades if properly maintained. However, foam roof coatings should only be applied by people who've been properly trained for the best results.

Check the Eaves and Install Flashing

Water can be notoriously insidious. If there's even a small space leading into the house or walls, water can find it. Ensure that your roof has a proper drip edge and that your gutters are in excellent shape. If the drip edge is too short, you could end up with rotting of your roof sheathing, a flooded basement, or worse.

Ensure the flashing at any joint in the roof is in excellent shape. Check that there are no openings around vent pipes or chimneys, otherwise you could end up with a water leak and all the problems that come with it.

Protecting your roof against the elements is a necessity. If you are looking for a roofing contractor to help you in weatherproofing, or any type of roof repair or installation, contact a local roofing company like COLLIER ROOFING LLC.