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Roofing Features And Add-Ons That Are Nice For Rainy Climates

Roofs are designed to protect the interior of your home from rain. But the more rain you get, the more work your roof has to do in this regard. In a rainy area, it is important to choose a roofing material that will stand up to the excessive moisture. However, there are also some specific roofing features and add-ons that you may want to talk to your roofer about including.

Drip Edge

Some roofers install drip edge on all roofs, and others reserve this material for roofs that they know will be exposed to more moisture than usual. Basically, drip edge is a plastic-based material that your roofer can place on the roof deck, underneath your shingles, or other key roofing material. This plastic barrier helps ensure that even if a little moisture makes its way through the outer layer, that moisture won't seep into the wood layer and lead to rot. As the roof ages and becomes more prone to leaks, the drip edge will become more and more important, especially when there is driving rain that could work its way under slightly loosened roof materials. So, if you live in a rainy area, make sure your roofer plans to put drip edge along the edges of your roof.

Clog-Proof Gutters

Sometimes people don't realize that gutters are a part of the roof since they just sit along the edge of the roof. But without gutters, water would not drain from your roof properly, so most roofing contractors also install gutters. The more rain you get, the more important it is to have well-functioning gutters. Clog-proof gutters are designed to let water in, but not debris like sticks and leaves. They are more effective than simple gutters with gutter guards since leaves and debris can accumulate on top of the gutter guards. Most have a "C" shape with the bottom stretching out a little further than the top, allowing water to cascade into the gutter, even during heavy rain.

Extra Vents

Ask your roofer if they can include a few extra vents in your roof. This way, if a little moisture does end up in your attic after a heavy storm, the attic space will dry out a lot faster, which can hopefully curtail the growth of mold and algae. You may not need the vents when your roof is new, but as it ages, you'll be grateful they are there!

When you live in a rainy area, make sure your roof is made with high levels of moisture in mind.

For more information, reach out to roofing services in your area.