Colorado Residential Roofing 101

Have you ever wondered how your Colorado home’s shingle roof is built? Are you interested in learning about what makes up each component of your shingle roof? A-Denver Roofing is here to explain everything about how your roof on your home in Colorado Springs and Denver protects it from the elements. A-Denver Roofing only installs the highest quality roofing components on your home to protect it from Colorado’s harshest weather for decades and decades.

Ridge Cap Shingles

Add a finishing touch that helps defend against leaks at the hips and ridges. Ridge cap shingles are like regular shingles in that they use the same material and offer the same look in terms of color; but they are different in that they are specially designed to cover the ridges of the roof, which are high-stress areas that need more protection from Colorado’s strong wind events.

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installation of ridge cap shingles on residential home in Colorado Springs

Attic Ventilation

Helps reduce attic moisture and heat. Exhaust ridge vent is a shingle-over exhaust vent installed at the roof ridge that helps exhaust excess heat and moisture from your attic. The general rule of thumb on the amount of total attic vent space needed is to have at least one square foot of vent space for every 150 square feet of attic area, especially for Colorado’s hot summers.

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installation of cobra attic ventilation on a residential home in Colorado Springs

Lifetime Shingles

Install To Protect. When you install Lifetime Shingles with Advanced Protection Shingle Technology, you’re getting the very best combination of weight and performance that modern manufacturing technology can deliver. In fact, you won’t find a shingle that surpasses our Lifetime Shingles on: 1) Toughness 2) Wind uplift resistance 3) Flexibility and 4) Fire resistance. Install To Invest. Your roof can represent up to 40% of your home’s “curb appeal.” A -Denver Roofing’s Lifetime Shingles not only protect your most valuable asset but also beautify your home for years to come — and add to its resale value.

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Lifetime shingles on a residential home in Colorado Springs

Starter Strip Shingles

Helps guard against shingle blow-offs. These starter shingles will have a tar strip on the bottom to help hold the edges of the roof down and prevent blow-offs. Also, the best starter shingles to use should run at least 2″ up the roof under the bottom of the second shingle. These shingles are critical for protecting against Colorado’s strong wind events.

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Installation of starter strip shingles on residential home in Colorado Springs

Roof Deck Protection

Helps shield the roof deck from moisture infiltration. Roof Deck Protection allows moisture to escape from your attic while providing an exceptionally strong layer of protection against Colorado’s wind-driven rain. Also, Roof Deck Protection lies flatter for a better-looking roof.

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Installation of roof deck protection on residential home in Colorado Springs

Leak Barrier

Helps prevent leaks caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams. The purpose of leak barrier on your Colorado roof: To protect critical leak prone areas. … It is most commonly used in valleys, around chimneys, skylights, penetrations, roof slope transitions and around the perimeter edge of the roof. Critical for Colorado homes, this layer of protection helps most during Colorado’s many freeze thaw cycles.

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Installation of leak barrier on residential home in Colorado Springs