Michigan winters can really test the durability of your home’s roof. That is why we use Pro Grade asphalt shingles that are designed to hold-up against extreme cold and severe precipitation. When it comes to protecting your home winter weather we utilize Ice & Water Shield.
What is it?
Ice and water shield is a sheet of rubberized asphalt that strengthens the edges of your roof and makes them more durable to ice that can build up along these edges in the winter. Each sheet has a self-adhering back which works with the rubberized material to seal up nail penetrations in the deck. Without this extra layer of protection, each nail is a potential area for future leaks or deterioration.
Why do I need it?
Ice and water shield create a second layer of protection between your new shingles and the roof’s deck. This secondary layer resides beneath the shingles and works shed water and provide secondary weather protection for severe weather-related issues such as ice dams. Without ice & water shield, ice dams can hold water in place and allow it to damage your roof’s deck.
Where does it go?
In our commitment to providing the best roofing in Michigan, we have found that for ice & water shield to be most effective it should be installed on the first 6 feet roof next to all of the eaves. We also will install 3 feet of this material to reinforce your roof’s valleys, which are the more likely to experience excess water and ice. The rest of the roof is protected by our Pro Synthetic underlayment.
Using the best materials along with proven installation techniques is the best way to ensure that your roof lasts for decades. Make sure you choose a contractor that uses Ice and Water Shield on your project. If you would like more information on our ice & water shield, or to schedule a roof estimate, call Pro Home Improvement today at 888-776-1998.