Reinforcing Shingle Roofing To Prevent Weather Damage And Leaks


If you are going to install new asphalt shingles on your home soon, you want to plan improvements that prevent damage. Choosing the right underlayments and reinforcements will help protect your roof from potential damage. The following information will help you reinforce asphalt shingle roofing to prevent damage and leaks:

Start by Reinforcing Flashing

The flashing is important with asphalt shingles, and it can also be the most vulnerable area of your roof. Therefore, you want to invest in solutions that reinforce flashing to prevent damage to your roof in these areas. Some of the solutions to consider to reinforce flashing include:

  • Rubber tape beneath the metal
  • Thicker gauge metals for flashing
  • Use sealants and highly vulnerable areas

The reinforcements can also be added to eaves, where the roofing is vulnerable to damage due to winter ice dams. You may want to ask about installing ice barrier starter shingles to protect these areas too.

Use a Good Moisture Barrier

It is also important to have a good moisture barrier for your shingles. This is usually done with asphalt felt paper because it allows the surface to breathe. This allows the moisture to escape to prevent damage to the decking. If you want to reinforce your new asphalt shingle roofing, you will want to consider modern alternatives to the asphalt felt paper.

Today, there are alternatives available to the asphalt felt paper. These materials are synthetic plastic-like products like house wrap that is installed beneath siding and other finishes. The synthetic materials are more durable and provide more protection than the conventional asphalt felt paper does. Therefore, you may want to use these materials when you have new shingles installed on your roof.

Invest in More Durable Asphalt Shingles

Today, asphalt shingles come in various styles that are used to improve your roof's longevity. You want to consider options other than the conventional single-tab shingles. Some of the options to consider for asphalt shingles roofing for your home include:

  • Architectural 3D shingles
  • Lifetime guarantees (life of asphalt shingles)
  • Wind ratings for more weather-resistant roofing

The more durable asphalt shingles will enhance the longevity of your new roof to ensure it lasts. They also give the roof a more attractive profile than the conventional single-tab shingles that are commonly used for residential roofing.

The right reinforcements can help prevent issues with damage and leaks that are common with asphalt shingle roofing. Contact an asphalt shingle roofing service in your area and ask them about these options for your roof.


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Roofing Fundamentals: What To Know Before Replacement

When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.