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Northern Kentucky Roofers: Article About Steep Slope Roofing Considerations

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When home builders design and construct a structure, the rooftop can consist of a variety of angles. A steep-slope roof has a pronounced height as two opposite sides meet at a peak. This roof design is stunning as a curb-appeal component, but it poses challenges to Northern Kentucky roofers. Examine the strategies that contractors must alter in order to service or replace a steep-slope rooftop.

The most important items that the contractors will use on your steep-slope project are safety products. Contractors will add strong anchors to the roof and attach harnesses to them. Every worker on the roof will need to attach himself or herself to the anchors. Although this safety precaution does slightly slow down the workers on a job, their safety must remain a top priority. Traversing a steep slope is stressful on the body, and falls can be avoided with proper safety gear use.

Homeowners will also notice more workers at their property. Ideally, contractors on the rooftop should only remain there for about two hours. They should be rotated down to the ground at that point. Roofers can work on material preparation or take a break when they're on the ground.

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They're replaced with fresh workers who haven't been on a steep slope for a few hours. This rotation strategy keeps the project running on time with safety rests for the workers.

As roofers pull off the old materials, they'll lay out new underlayment. Unlike other roof systems, steep slopes don't require a large overlap on the underlayment layer. In fact, workers can overlap the materials by only two inches. Steep slopes have the benefit of an extreme angle, so water moves quickly off of the surface. The underlayment will probably never be exposed to water because it moves too quickly down the shingles.

Low-slope roofs often need extra adhesive on the shingles' loose ends because of water backups or wind uplift. Steep-slope roofs have gravity and air pressure holding the shingles securely against the structure. Wind will rarely lift the shingle edges upward, so roofers can concentrate on basic nailing as they move forward with the project.

As you watch the roofers add the shingle courses across the structure, you may also notice horizontal wood sections that are temporarily nailed into the rooftop. This wood creates a foothold for workers as they traverse the roof. Contractors will remove the wood as the new materials are connected to the structure. In the end, the home will have a brand-new rooftop with a seamless appearance.

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