Do you really want to skimp on your roof?

Home Builder with Jerry Blackburn Custom Homes

Mold, mildew, stinch.  Drywall and wet soggy insulation covering your furnishings and floor, valuables and collectables ruined.  A mess like you have never seen before.  As you tip toe through your storm ravaged home, you ask yourself, What could have been done to prevent this?  The answer is pretty simple.  In coastal areas, during construction, you over kill and then kill some more.

The evolution of any procedure is that you learn by trying different things and using different products.  After evaluating the results, you put the best together and toss the rest.  During this process, I finally figured out how to limit the damages and losses due to a failed roofing system during a storm.

Here is how it works.  Weather Watch or Weather Guard, a sticky rubber membrame applied directly to the roof sheathing in the place of felt.  Once the membrane sticks to the wood, it is almost impossible to remove it.  Be sure to apply this product starting at the lowest point of the roof and overlap it according to the manufacturers instructions as you work your way to the top.  Next, install a quality wind rated shingle over the membrane per manufacturers specs and make sure to put six nails per shingle to meet wind code.  The results are a double layer of protection in case of a storm.  If you do lose any shingles, the rubber membrane will remain in place and prevent water from passing through to the living area of the home.

Yes, there is an added expense using this procecdure, but do you remember the mold, mildew and smell?  i bet you will find that the membrane was worth the extra cost


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