Protect against roof leaks with GAF Leak Barrier.

Protect against roof leaks with GAF Leak Barriers.

A leak barrier under your shingles, tile, or metal roof is a critical element to a roof system. Without a leak barrier, roof leaks are more likely as water can seep in from wind-driven rain, melting ice, and snow. A GAF Leak Barrier in place of tarpaper prevents water from leaking in through the roof.

How a leak barrier keeps moisture out to keep your roof strong.

Roof leaks can start with just the slightest bit of moisture seeping in. To nail the roofing material down, punctures must be made in the tarpaper, which is then vulnerable to water penetration. Leak barriers are very sticky and when a nail is put through them, the leak barrier seals around the nail to secure the vulnerable areas of the roof, keeping water out.  The most vulnerable parts of your roof are in the valleys and the eaves, around chimneys and any penetration or flashing details.

GAF gives you leak barrier options for the perfect fit.

Valley Roofing & Exteriors matches the right leak barrier to your type of roof. The range of GAF Leak Barriers are designed to add strength to the roof system on your home. Fiberglass reinforcement works to resist wrinkles so that your roofing material lays flat over the leak barrier.

Tie your warranty together with Leak Barrier.

A leak barrier is part of your roof system. To benefit from the full warranty of your roof, be sure that the system is complete. Valley Roofing & Exteriors is a certified GAF installer, ensuring that proper care is taken to activate the lifetime warranty of the roof. Call Valley Roofing & Exteriors now for an estimate to protect against roof leaks!

Snow Guards: Is your roof prepared for winter?

Snow Guards: Is your roof prepared for winter weather?

Metal and slate roofs in particular add that special touch to your home, but can be dangerous in a snowstorm.  Snow guards also add to the aesthetic of your asphalt shingle roofs. In winter months the minute feature called the snow guard makes your metal and slate roofs a safe choice.

What are snow guards and how do they work?

The small metal pieces that you see spaced apart and perched on the lower half of a slate or metal roof are designed to impair snow from plunging off the roof. Snow guards catch snow to keep it from avalanching, holding the snow in place on the roof. This backup of snow then stays on the roof until it melts or drifts off safely. Avalanching snow can tear down gutters, and crush structures, cars and landscaping on the ground below.

Designed to match the roof, your snow guards are the perfect fit.

Snow guards don’t come in a “one size fits all” model, but rather are designed to the roof. Material, pitch, and climate are taken into account when snow guards are chosen. Though they are made to last for the life of the roof, should your snow guards be damaged they can be replaced. Call Valley Roofing & Exteriors today for a snow guard inspection!

Pipe flashing: How healthy is your roof?

Your roof is as strong as its most vulnerable part. 

Pipe flashing is a piece of material that prevents water from entering a structure through a joint. Proper product should be present where a chimney, vent, fan, or cable meets the roof. Pipe flashing comes in many types of material that offer variations in durability and cost. Bad pipe flashings are typically the first thing to break down on your roof.

Get your roof checked out every 5 years to avoid potential disasters.

Many roof installers cut costs by using cheap products, which can lead to significant breakdown over the years. Before you notice a leak, have a professional take a look. Valley Roofing & Exteriors offers roof inspections as a preventative measure in order to address small concerns before they become problems.

Valley Roofing & Exteriors focuses on strength and durability for your roof.

Valley Roofing & Exteriors uses only GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing. This breakthrough design uses a proprietary sealing method that gives you maximum protection from leaks.  When you want the best protection, using the best available materials is the only way to go.

GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing matches your roof’s warranty.

GAF Ultimate Pipe Flashing is guaranteed to never fail through the life of the roof’s warranty. When a roofing system is installed using this product, the flashing warranty matches the roof’s warranty. Call Valley Roofing & Exteriors for your roof flashing inspection today!

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How to choose the best Harrisonburg roofing contractor: 5 key qualities!

So you’ve made the big decision to replace your roof. Now for the next two big decisions – who will do the work, and what kind of roofing will you choose. For this post, we’ll talk about five key qualities of a good roofing contractor.

1.      Inspections
Ask each contractor you talk with if they offer roof inspections, and what the inspections entail. Some contractors make a cursory inspection prior to giving a roofing estimate, then tack on charges later when special problems are revealed. A thorough roof inspection gives you the information you need before the project starts. Look for a contractor that pays attention to details by inspecting the attic for proper ventilation and sheathing integrity and by pointing out potential and existing problem areas.

2.      Reputation & Experience
You want an experienced contractor with a good, solid reputation. When you call to schedule an estimate with a roofing contractor, be sure to ask for references from local customers. Choose a roofing company that’s known for backing up its workmanship and products.

3.      Workmanship
Ask contractors about their installation methods and materials. Good contractors offer quality products and know how to install them correctly. Roofing systems with proper underlayment and flashing details, as well as quality shingles ensure that your roof will shed water as it should, without leaks or drips. Ask about company memberships in roofing associations that promote best practices in roofing. Two well-known organizations are The Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals and National Roofing Contractors Association. Also, look for contractors that have been certified and trained by the shingle manufacturers.

4.      Quality Materials
Choose a contractor who can provide you with samples and thorough product information on the roofing materials they use. Look for contractors that provide a material scope from one manufacturer, as there are often system warranties that accompany the materials.

5.      Supervision
Ask about supervision during the roofing installation process. Are the people who will actually install your roof certified and well-trained? Are they licensed and insured to do the work? Who enforces quality control during each roofing project? A good roofing contractor should be happy to answer these questions to your satisfaction.