Defending against the elements, a home’s roof helps protect against water that could threaten structural integrity and lead to mold or indoor air-quality issues.
The following tips can help homeowners safely repair or replace a damaged roof:1. Look for "No-Contact" Service OfferingsThe global pandemic has heightened awareness of safety and social distancing, leading to many "no-contact" sales and service options. For example, a "No-Contact Service" badge indicates that members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network (OCCN) can work with the homeowner remotely.OCCN members offer digital tools to support shingle selection, generate estimates, secure financing and even sign a contract digitally.
Drone inspections eliminate the need for a contractor to walk the roof.2. Consider material performancePerformance and safety are complementary. Technologies such as the Build Your Roof 3-D digital roof experience educate homeowners about the critical layers of the roof and key components of the Total Protection Roofing System*.To perform against wind and water infiltration, a shingle must be installed properly.
Nailing zone performance is essential to shingles staying in place on the roof deck. Owens Corning architectural shingles have demonstrated higher nailing zone performance compared to competitors’ shingles, including outstanding resistance against high winds and protection against water infiltration.Compared to shingles with single-layer nailing zones, Owens Corning Oakridge Shingles feature a double layer of protection in the nailing zone to hold shingles in place.
Materials underneath matter too. Compared to felt paper, synthetic underlayment is tougher, resists tearing, repels water and delivers a higher level of weather-resistant protection. Learn more at switchtosynthetic.com.3. Style with Safety in MindA home’s roof is an opportunity to boost curb appeal. Owens Corning architectural shingles come in a variety of colors supported with digital design tools. The Design & Inspire resource features a range of shingle style boards. Homeowners can "try on" a roof using the Design EyeQ roof visualizer tool, upload a photo of their home, or select from shingle styles and colors to coordinate exterior décor.