Water is an essential element of life, but too much of it in the wrong place can result in extensive damage. That’s why the roof on top of your home or business keeps water from coming inside. Repelling water is achieved using either a water-shedding or water-resistant roofing system. These two roof types might sound the same, but each one has its own way of protecting your property against water intrusion.
Jeff Woods Construction, your local roofing contractor, takes a look at the differences between these two roof types.
Also known as a hydrokinetic roof, it is designed with a slope of at least 3:12—three inches of rise for every 12 inches of horizontal run—or greater so that water runs off faster into the gutters, downspouts, and drainage system. Residential roofs usually have a slope between 4:12 to 9:12 for effective water-shedding.
Even so, this roof type requires assistance to prevent water from entering the building interior. In this case, decking and underlayment come first before installing the roof covering. Every roofing company makes sure that the deck is sturdy enough and has a membrane that serves as a moisture barrier.
Also known as a hydrostatic roof, it is designed for roofing systems with less than 3:12 of slope or have many architectural elements like multiple gables and valleys to handle slow-moving water. Unlike a water-shedding roof, it doesn’t require a secondary membrane to prevent leaks from entering the home or building.
Waterproofing is necessary for this roof type, utilizing a variety of techniques to seal the whole system against water. Otherwise, prolonged water pooling on the roof surface might result in damage that may be compounded with a lack of maintenance.
Jeff Woods Construction and our team of roofing pros are here to make sure your project goes off without any issue. We maintain good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), remain up-to-date with the latest roofing innovations and industry standards, and carry all state and local licenses. These give you peace of mind knowing your roof repair or replacement needs are met and even exceeded.
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