A leaky roofing system is something no homeowner wants to face. With a compromised roof, water can easily penetrate your home. Once inside, water can travel long distances before damage becomes obvious, making it challenging to identify the source of the leak.
Problems Caused by Water Damage
By the time you’re able to see water damage, the problem has become severe and will be challenging to remedy. Water damage from a leaky roof can result not only in aesthetic issues like moisture stains on walls and ceilings, but also more severe problems like ruined insulation, rotted wood frames and mold and mildew growth.
Homes located in cold environments where temperatures frequently fall below freezing during winter are more susceptible to water damage due to the risk of ice dams forming on the edge of the roof. This type of damage is especially likely to develop in roofing systems that do not have leak barriers. That’s one of the most important to entrust your roof installations and replacement to a GAF® certified roofing company.
Features of GAF’s Leak Barriers
Leak barriers provide an extra layer of protection between your roofing shingles and the roof deck. They are placed in the areas of a roof that are most susceptible to leak development like along the eaves, valley, rakes and around chimneys. GAF offers two distinct types of leak barriers, each designed for maximum efficiency and leak prevention:
- StormGuard® — This film-surfaced, fiberglass-reinforced leak barrier helps resist wrinkling and buckling in metal and shingle roofs. It looks great on your roof and also comes with self-seals around the nails or metal roofing fasteners to further boost the system’s protection against leaks.
- WeatherWatch® — This mineral-surfaced leak barrier was designed for asphalt shingle roofs to keep water and ice out of the most vulnerable areas. It also adds aesthetic value to your roofing system, thanks to its fiberglass reinforcement.
Both products are key parts of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System and have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal in the U.S. Installing roof barriers is a must if you want to enjoy your roofing system for many years and prevent costly damage to your home. As a GAF Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc can install a GAF complete roofing system including StormGuard and WeatherWatch leak barriers.
Since 1924, we have served home and business owners in various cities in Maryland, including Columbia, Towson, and Westminster. Call us today at (410) 692-8998 or fill out our form for a FREE consultation.