A roof is not just shingles stapled to a deck. To keep moisture out, to keep wind from ripping off shingles, and to release attic heat a roofing system must be built. At Roofing Annex®, we never settle for less than the best products available to repair and replace asphalt roofs that last longer than ever. Our clients in the Cincinnati suburbs recognize the visual difference our roofing system mastery makes just by viewing our work… When things are built to last they tend to look it after all.
Roofing System Mastery Begins with GAF
As a GAF® Master Elite™ roofing Contractor, Roofing Annex can offer exclusive access to the best lifetime warranties. Our complimentary 50 year warranty is made possible because we do use GAFs best-in-class materials. GAF is America’s #1 manufacturer of asphalt shingles and has been awarded the highest accolades of trust and quality.
Components of World Class Roofing Systems
Don’t Settle for Less than the Best to Protect What Matters Most!
Roofing Annex considers details like gutters, flashing, attic insulation, metal sheeting elements, and attic ventilation as part of a roofing system. These items are addressed differently on every project depending on what’s there already, condition, and dollar limits. However, when it comes to the core of a roofing system, we address the following components:
The plywood decking of most roofs will be fine as is but in some cases sections will need replacing or small repairs. The main concerns are moisture warping and storm damage. Heavier designer shingle may need more robust plywood d to bare the weight.
This waterproof membrane provides exceptional protection against leaks caused by roof settling and extreme weather. Products like WeatherWatch™ and StormGuard™ are ideal for vulnerable areas of roofs in regions like the Mid-West. Many roofers avoid this sort of product to save money when in fact it’s the best defense against ice dams! We strongly recommended this for chronic problem areas like skylights, dormers, vent pipes, chimneys, and other flashing areas.
Products like our Tiger Paw™ and Deck Armor™ provide an extra layer of moisture protection between your roofing shingles and roof deck. These products will actually help shingles lay flatter and more uniformly. We advise the use of non-asphaltic, polypropylene underlayment for long-lasting performance unlike conventional felts that can disintegrate over time.
Pre-cut starter strip shingles will speed installation time while helping to prevent shingle blow-offs because of their factory-applied adhesive strips. Products like Pro-Start™ and WeatherBlocker™ are cost effective and easy to install… there’s NO reason to not install them! Some contractors try to use a cut-up strip shingle as the “starter” course on your roof. Unfortunately, cut-up shingles may not have properly positioned adhesive to ensure adequate wind resistance.
GAF has more styles, classes, and color options than the competition! GAF makes more lifetime asphalt shingles at affordable prices which is why the Timberline® series is the hallmark of the industry. Thicker/heavier series like Timberline ULTRA HD Shingles™ and Glenwood Designer Shingles™ aren’t just gorgeous; they add insulation value and added protection from large hail. View our GAF Shingle Showroom
GAF makes a host of products to aid in the venting of attic heat and moisture. Roofing Annex knows that this is an essential piece of the puzzle and we are experts at using ridge vents affectively. There are a couple dozen GAF ventilation options that we have at our disposal to make every roof the best it can be.
The perfect finishing touch for every new roof should be a distinctive ridge cap shingle. Some products may look more “designer” than others due to flare. Roofing Annex highly recommends the use of ridge caps that lay tight to resist high winds. We recognize ridge caps as the first line of defense and install them with the utmost care!
VIDEO: Roofing System Components
GAF Lifetime Warranties
The word “Lifetime” refers to the length of coverage provided by the GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty, and means as long as the original individual owner(s) of a single-family detached residence [or the second owner(s) in certain circumstances/warranties] owns the property where the shingles and accessories are installed. For owners/structures not meeting the preceding criteria, Lifetime coverage is not applicable. Lifetime Ltd. Warranty on accessories requires the use of at least three qualifying GAF accessories and the use of Lifetime Shingles. Roofing Annex tends to use 4 or 5 of the qualifying roofing system products from GAF in order to build the best roofing system.
In-Progress Build Shots
Here are just a few example of roofing systems being installed, pre-shingle, to showcase the elements underneath.