Considered one of the best places in Georgia to live, Kennesaw is a large Atlanta suburb that boasts lots of parks and restaurants and great homes. With a population of about 33,500, Kennesaw tends to attract young professionals, most of whom own their own houses.

If you live in Kennesaw or are planning to move there, chances are you’re going to need the services of a roofer. If your house has a roof with asphalt shingles, then you’ll need a roofing contractor that specializes in asphalt products and undertakes roof repair and roof replacement. Ideally, the same company will handle gutter repair jobs as well since these are often undertaken at the same time as roof repairs.

Asphalt Roof Systems for Roof Replacement

Asphalt roof systems involve more than just asphalt shingles. For a roof that is going to last several decades, your roofer will need the correct waterproofing and water-resistant underlayment, as well as shingles. Then he will need hip and ridge caps to finish the edges of the roof.

Ventilation is also important in the roofing system, and so your roofer will incorporate intake and ridge vents to allow the roof to breathe. Vents let the air flow under the roof deck which effectively keeps the attic space directly under the roof trusses cooler than they would otherwise be in summer and drier in winter.

Presuming the basic structure of the roof, including the roof trusses, is not damaged in any way, the process for roof replacement will include the roofer:

  • Removing the old asphalt before checking and, if necessary, cleaning the existing roof deck.
  • Installing self-adhesive underlayment at vulnerable areas of the roof to help prevent wind-driven rain and damming water from causing leaks.
  • Installing water-resistant underlayment over the whole of the roof deck to provide a secondary barrier against leaks.
  • Installing starter shingles along the lower edge of the roof eaves and sometimes at the gable ends of the roof, depending on the design of the roof. These are covered by the actual roof shingles.
  • Installing asphalt shingles chosen by the homeowner (see below).
  • Fixing hip and ridge caps in place to complete the finish of the roof.
  • Fitting intake and ridge vents.

Choosing Asphalt Shingles for Roof Replacement

If your roofer is undertaking roof repair he will need to match the shingles he uses with those already in place on your roof. But if you have employed a roofing contractor to do roof replacement, you can choose completely different shingles and change the look of your roof altogether.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) specifies four different types of asphalt shingles:

  1. Strip shingles that are usually three times as long as they are wide. The most common type is the traditional three-tab shingle that literally has three cutouts on each shingle and is only one layer thick. These are in keeping with the original asphalt shingles invented more than a century ago, though they are of a much better quality nowadays.
  2. Laminated shingles that have more than one layer to make them thicker. They are also called architectural or three-dimensional shingles (or sometimes just dimensional shingles) because they create visual depth on the roof. These are the most common asphalt shingles used today.
  3. Interlocking shingles that fasten together mechanically to provide improved resistance to wind.
  4. Large format shingles that are mostly hexagonal or rectangular in shape and don’t incorporate tabs or cutouts.

In the industry, basic single-layer asphalt shingles are often referred to as being “good,” while dimensional shingles are said to be “better.” The “best” asphalt shingles are also laminated, but they are of premium quality and often made to imitate shingles made of natural slate or cedar shakes.

Force Field Roofing Your Kennesaw, Georgia Roofer

Force Field Roofing offers a range of services to Kennesaw homeowners relating to roofs and gutters. These include:

  • Roof repair
  • Roof replacement
  • Gutter installation
  • Gutter service and maintenance
  • Gutter repair
  • Storm damage and insurance claims

We are a shingle quality specialist and Master Shingle Applicator for CertainTeed products. Contact us for a free estimate and roof analysis today.