Parts of a GAF Shingle Roofing System

Did you know there are seven parts to a GAF shingle roofing system — including ridge cap shingles, attic ventilation, rooftop accessories, shingles, starter strip shingles, roof deck protection and leak barriers? In this article, we’re going to cover each of these parts, what they look like and where they can be found on a GAF roof. In case you’re not familiar, GAF is America’s number one brand of shingles makers, and it’s the top choice of the Madison-area homeowners we work with because of the outstanding aesthetic, quality, and warranties. The following is just an overview of each part of a GAF shingle roofing system. That said, if you have questions, please reach out! We’re always happy to help answer any questions you may have about your roofing. Let’s get started with our overview … RIDGE CAP SHINGLES Designed to help defend against leaks at the hips and ridges of your roof. ATTIC VENTILATION This goes a long way in helping reduce attic moisture and heat to prolong the life of your roof. ROOFTOP

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The Benefits of Working with a GAF Master Elite Certified Roofing Contractor

If you think your roof is in need of repair or replacement, it’s a good idea to get educated about the importance of using a certified roofing contractor in the Madison area, as well as the brands your potential roofing contractor typically uses. This article touches upon both of these topics. First, just know that there are many brands to consider, and as you might imagine they are not created equal — which is why we recommend going with a brand that offers excellent products, along with an outstanding warranty. WHAT WE RECOMMEND At Legacy Exteriors, we typically install GAF roofing materials, as they are the number one brand of shingles makers in the country. The quality of GAF shingles is remarkable, which is why they come with such solid warranties. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you hire a roofing contractor that is GAF certified … WHAT IS GAF MASTER ELITE® CERTIFICATION?  In a nutshell, it’s a way of ensuring your roofing contractor is “leveled up,” as GAF Master Elite contractors are able to

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5 Effective Ways to Protect Your Roof This Winter

The harsh winters can result in weather-related roofing damage, and that’s an occurrence you don’t want! As roofing contractors, we’ve seen how Old Man Winter can wreak havoc, even with the technological advance in roofing materials. To safeguard your roof from costly spring repairs, we’ve got 5 effective ways to protect it this winter. 1. Don’t Let Snow Accumulate on Your Roof Snow adds weight to your roof which can put pressure on weak spots, causing them to fail. That’s why removing it as soon as you can is advisable. But besides the added weight, snow can form ice dams as it melts. This constant cycle of melting and refreezing can be harmful to  your roof because melting snow finds vulnerable cracks, then refreezes, causing the water to expand. We don’t recommend trying to  remove snow on your own. It can be dangerous work. Have either a roofing contractor help with the removal, or investigate the option of hiring a professional to add a heat cable to melt snow away easily! 2. Have a Well-Insulated

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