1.- 30# Felt → Peel and Stick Underlayment
Peel and Stick underlayment is much more durable than 30# felt. Without exposed nailing, there is less risk for fastener failing, plus unlike 30# Felt which cracks and deteriorates over time, peel and stick is durable. This membrane is thick, self adheres to your plywood (depending on city code), and with the heat of the sun will ‘hug’ around any fasteners that penetrate the membrane. Reminder: the underlayment is the most important part of your roof system as the waterproofing barrier. If your shingles fly off in a hurricane, it is important to have a reliable waterproofing barrier to protect your home.
2.- Three Tab → Architectural Shingles
Although three tab shingles might be a more affordable option, architectural shingles add dimension and artistry to your roof. Plus, as they become more popular, architectural shingles are also cost effective and provide more value in the long run.
3.- Mesh Ridge Ventilation → Rigid Vent
This slight difference in ventilation options can make all the change in your energy efficiency and attic ventilation. We always recommend speaking to your contractor about your ventilation options so you do not have to change items retroactively. The mesh ridge ventilation option is the most common and very cost effective, so all contractors will have this, but the upgrade to a Rigid Vent is essential in our opinion. Not only do they provide enhanced airflow and baffle, but they also provide an external water shield and a waterproof underlap joint. We recommend the OmniRidge Pro.
1.-Single Layer peel and Stick Underlayment → Double on Critical Areas
As mentioned above, the underlayment is the most important part of your system. We highly recommend peel and stick underlayment straight to deck. Then, double layering on Critical Areas such as vents, pipes, boots, valleys, and roof to walls. This adds a secondary layer of underlayment. Plus, we even offer the option to upgrade to a double layer underlayment on the entire system. For those purchasing a metal or composite roof, we highly recommend considering a secondary barrier.
2.-No Flashing → Wakaflex around Off Ridge Vents
Typically, contractors install your off ridge vents as required by code. We recommend requesting wakaflex flashing above the ridge vent to prevent water penetrating from the off ridge vent and causing leaks from fastener deterioration.
3.-Nails → Screws
Industry standard requires to instal tile with one (1) ring shank nail on field tile. We push the standard by installing tile with two (2) screws on each tile. Not only do we do this as a standard on our projects, we offer an upgrade to Stainless Steel fasteners to further enhance the strength of your roof.