Exterior Home Remodeling – Choosing Roofing Materials
While personal preference will play a major role in the choice of roof materials, it pays to understand the basis for choosing each type and how it works for different roof styles. It also pays to consider materials from different manufacturers such as:
- Waldun Cedar Shakes
- and Eco-friendly companies such as Eco-Star composite
When perusing manufacturers, the style of roof on your home, whether located in Fairfax, Prince William, or Loudoun County should also be considered and how their individual products can work on the home, such as the styles of roof which include, but are not limited to:
- Gabled roof
- Gambrel roof
- Barn roof
- Hip roof
While a majority of roofing materials will work well with most roof styles, some just simply look better on certain styles of homes. Roofing shingles are available in a variety of materials and styles to include:
Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most commonly used material for roof replacement due to their color selection, styles, warranties, and relatively low cost, providing excellent protection in a wide range of environments. A professional Virginia contractor will install Asphalt shingles in layers. Shingles installed in layers are then traditionally trimmed with three tabs with each subsequent row overlapping the previous layer by one third. This provides a small gutter effect on each layer of the shingles that helps water and melting snow run off the roof without seeping underneath. Each shingle usually has a thin bead of tar on the underside, which will adhere to the upper layer further sealing them from leaks. An advantage of asphalt shingles is that most Virginia licensed contractors usually offer a guarantee for 20 years and in some instances, 30 years.
Note: We currently only offer roof repair services for asphalt shingle roofs.
Wood Shake Shingles
Wood shake shingles are also popular with many VA contractors and over time tend to weather to a gray color, or silver depending on the type of wood used. Shake shingles, made of cedar, weather well and are cut thicker than other types of wood shingles and are typically split from logs rather than evenly cut. An important installation aspect of wood shingles is their need to breath and they are not mounted over a solid substrate, like asphalt shingles. Pressure treated lattice or newly-developed plastic materials are often used as an underlayment that provides for a flat surface while still allowing air to circulate under and around the wood shingles.
Regardless of the material used, flashing will need to be installed around chimneys, vents, pipes, and any other type of protrusions through the roof to prevent leaks. Sunshine Contracting uses only the best flashing metals and exterior caulk so you can rest assured your roof will not leak.
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Gayle P, Woodbridge
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Robert M, Burke
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Steve & Val C, McLean
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Leamon & Marsha D, Woodbridge
"Sunshine is already well known in our neighorhood. And have completed many major roofing and siding projects. I want to thank you again for the wonderful job Sunshine have completed...
Brendan & Jennifer O, Alexandria
"Outstanding work and very professional crew. Would highly recommend to others in need of roofing. The work performed was outstanding. I have a large home and they were able to...
Glenn K, Chantilly
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Harold B, Dumfries
"I am happy with the quality of work, workmanship, and have recommended them to several people. Dan Sloan was very knowledgeable, helpful, and provided me with exceptional service. I was...
Ray D, Fairfax Station
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The Sunshine Contracting Roofing Process of VA Contractors
When Sunshine Contracting replaces your roof, we first remove and haul away all existing roofing and debris down to the under sheathing. The existing roof is removed by using a roofing shovel. The removal begins from the top of the roof down.
We then check and inspect plywood for damage and replace if needed. We use either CDX plywood or FRT plywood (required in townhomes).
Next, apron flashing is used where a vertical wall of siding meets the roof in the front of the home. The apron flashing to be installed is .027 Premium Gauge Galvanized Apron Flashing and comes in two colors, brown or black.
Next, we install premium self-sealing ice and water shield. Ice and water shield has a granular surface leak barrier and is fiberglass enforced to meet the County Code Requirements. The ice and water shield is 36″ wide and is installed beginning from the gutter up, and is installed around the skylights and chimneys.
If your home has a chimney, then chimney flashing is used where the roof meets the chimney. The chimney flashing is .027 premium gauge galvanized chimney flashing. We use a 3 part chimney flashing system: base flashing, step flashing, and counter flashing.
Next, we install premium aluminum drip edge on all eaves. Drip edge is a corrosion-resistant, non-staining material used along the eaves to prevent the shingle from drooping over the edge of the roof. It also helps with supporting the shingles so that water runs into the gutter versus behind the facia board.
We caulk all applicable areas. We use Vulkem caulk instead of roof cement because roof cement doesn’t last as long. Vulkem lasts three times longer. Caulk is used to fill joints and is placed around the chimney flashing, apron flashing, and the pipe collars. Then, we install a ridge vent on all peaks of the roof allowing ventilation all along the roof line. This provides a more complete barrier to protect the attic from wind driven rain, snow, dust, and insects.
Next, we install felt paper which is the underlayment overtop all roofing areas according to County Code Requirements. The felt paper is necessary to provide a vapor barrier that protects the plywood from condensation moisture. The felt paper is installed by using a hammer tack with 5/16″ galvanized staples.
Ridge shingle replacement in Fairfax County are placed on top of the ridge vent and provide an extra protection for the ridge vent from wind and weather. The ridge shingles will be the same color as the rest of the roof to enhance the seamless look of the roof.
We now furnish and install pipe collars. These pipe collars are used to seal around the vent pipes to prevent water infiltration. They are premium permanent weather tight universal pipe collars made with special EPDM rubber.
Next, we install starter strip which is used on all sides and the eaves of the roof. The roof replacement installers in Prince William County place the shingles sideways and install up and down all of the edges along the slope of the roof. The starter strip provides protection by filling in the spaces under the cutouts and joints of the first course of shingles. Lastly, we install the roof shingles from the bottom of the slope of the roof and up meeting the manufacturers specifications. Shingles are aligned by partially overlapping the previous shingle.
Now step flashing is installed and is used where the roof meets a vertical surface of siding. The step flashing to be installed is .027 premium gauge galvanized step flashing and comes in a mill color, much like silver.
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