When it comes to the roofing system, you’ve likely heard your roof contractor talk about its important components such as the shingles, underlayments and deck. Oftentimes, when homeowners hear about these parts, they pay attention. However, there is one equally important component that some homeowners fail to understand or outright overlook: the roof valleys.
Here, the pros of Fields Roof Service reveal what roof valleys are and what are the differences between open and closed valleys.
What is the Roof Valley?
For those who are unaware, the valleys of a roofing system is the area where the roof planes intersect and due to this, it’s the most vulnerable part of your roof. If these valleys aren’t properly installed, water can infiltrate your home and cause moisture damage and when it comes to this component of the roof, you have two choices to consider: open and closed valleys. But what exactly are the differences between these two?
When you ask about valleys, your roofer will tell you that closed valleys are the most popular variant that homeowners prefer. This is because they boast aesthetic qualities for any home and are fast and easy to install. They also do not require extra materials to add to your home, allowing it to remain as cost-effective as possible. Keep in mind, however, that ice and water won’t shed quickly with closed valleys, which can cause granule loss for your shingles in the long run.
On the other hand, open valleys are made when a sheet of metal is fastened to the roof at its joints. Afterward, the shingles are installed to your roof before they’re cut and sealed where they overlap the metal. This allows the valley to shed ice and water more quickly compared to closed valleys and minimizing granule loss in the process, allowing you to prolong the lifespan of your roof. However, they are a bit more costly to install as they require additional materials for the installation.
Need a roofing expert to do some work on your roof? Look no further than Fields Roof Service. When it comes to roof leak repair and replacement services, we are the number one professionals to approach and we won’t let you down! Give us a call at (253) 852-4974 or fill out our contact form to get started on your quote.