Hur Company

Your Roof-

I was always told that the most important part of construction is your foundation.  Without a good foundation, your building will crumble around you.

The second most important part of construction is your roof.  It protects everything you own, your family, your memories, your life long investment.  Ask anyone that has had a leaky roof, and you will find out why it is so important to make sure your roof is done RIGHT! This is actually the reason why I went into roofing.  After spending almost $30,000 on a metal roof, it leaked!!  We had a black mold, ceilings collapsing, and all kinds of problems and frustrations.  I wanted to find out why my brand new roof leaked and the process of a proper installed roof.

A roof is like building a sandwich, you start with great bread, meat, cheese, etc.  Each layer has its job and importance.

  • DECKING-  This could be OSB or plywood.  Different thicknesses, proper nailing, OSB panel with heat-reflecting foil laminated (radiant barrier).
  • VALLEYS-  This is where I find the most leaks due to water penetration.  I use a self-adhesive underlayment made with a composite material of asphalt polymers, formed into a rolled sheet. The asphalt makes it vapor-tight, and the polymers make the asphalt elastic and sticky.  It is water-proof.
  • UNDERLAYMENT-  Sometimes called "felt", you get what you pay for here.  I always "upgrade" and use a water-resistant synthetic underlayment.  This product offers better protection for the decking and safety for my crew when walking on the roof.
  • DRIP EDGE- Drip edge is installed under the underlayment on the eaves and over the underlayent on the rakes of the roof.
  • STARTER STRIP-  Some roofers use 3-Tab shingles turned upside down and cut off the tabs of the shingles.  This shingle was not created to perform this job and this creates excess waste.  I use starter shingles that are made with a high-quality, properly positioned adhesive that will tightly lock your shingles in place to help prevent blow-off.  Starter shingles need to be placed both at the eaves and rakes of the roof.
  • SHINGLES-  So many brands, colors, and types.  3 Tab, architectural-style strip, architectural, High-Def, Max Def, Class 4, and more!
  • RIDGE CAP-  Your ridge takes the highest abuse.  Wind, rain, hail.  If possible, I use Class 4 on my ridges.
  • ​FLASHING-  Flashing helps direct the flow of water around openings. Since water can seep into your home's walls, deteriorating building materials, causing structural damage, and creating moisture and mold problems, it is very important to properly install flashing when constructing a new house or altering the exterior of a house.
  • COUNTER FLASHING-  Counterflashing, also referred to as “cap” flashing, is the first line of defense against water infiltrating your building. Counterflashing is the piece of metal that is applied to the masonry wall designed to shed water off of the wall and down onto the roof surface. 
  • VENTILATION- MORE IS NOT BETTER!!  Never mix and match.  You have to have intake and exhaust. Make sure your attic is "zoned".  Your roofer has to access your attic to insure you have proper intake and that they are not blocked. 
  • INSULATION-  Make sure your roofer inspects your attic.  Proper insulation is very important for the longevity of your shingles.  Without proper ventilation and insulation, your roof life an be substantially reduced. 

I am a homeowner.  I have hired contractors.  I get so frustrated when short cuts are made.  It doesn't matter if you are installing insulation, putting up drywall, painting, or roofing.  DON'T CUT CORNERS!!  Do it right THE FIRST TIME!!  It doesn't cost you more to do it right.  It costs more NOT to do it right!!  Calculate all the time and money you will waste if you do not have something done right the first time.