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When building a new construction home, you have the option to hire your own roofer to complete the roof installation. Hiring your own roofer will not only give you more options in material and color but will also ensure that your roof is complete with all essential pieces. 

We are not saying a new construction contractor will not install the roof properly. However, there are pieces of a roof that are often overlooked by a general contractor. Having been in the roofing industry for over 20 years, Craven Construction has seen it all, including in a new construction house. Below are five essential pieces of a roofing system that are frequently overlooked, not installed properly, or completed with low-quality material.

1. Flashing

One essential roofing element that general contractors overlook is the flashing. Flashing is the thin, flat metal used to direct moisture away from seams and joints in a roofing system. Without flashing, water can easily penetrate the roof, find its way through the roofing system, and cause significant damage to your home. 

Flashing needs to be installed around skylights, chimneys, vents, and valleys. Typically, general contractors will either not install flashing, not install it everywhere it should be installed, or use a material that will quickly fail. Because it is such an essential part of the roofing system, flashing should be installed by a professional roofing contractor.

2. Underlayment

Another essential piece of a roofing system includes the underlayment. This is the felt paper that is installed on top of the roof deck and under the actual roofing material. Regardless of the type of roof you choose, an underlayment will be used and any contractor will know to install it before the material. 

A professional roofing contractor will know exactly the best material for your home and will not use an inferior product. Craven Construction exclusively uses synthetic underlayment for several reasons. The cost is lower than that off traditional underlayment, it has a high-temperature tolerance, retains less heat, has more tear resistance, stays in place, and is environmentally friendly. If your house builder cannot offer you options for underlayment, you should really consider hiring your own roofer. 

3. Ventilation

Many homeowners do not consider attic ventilation as a part of the roofing system, however, it is an essential part of the roof. Attic ventilation helps regulate the temperature inside the attic or crawl space while keeping the roof healthy. Without the proper types or a number of vents installed, your entire roofing system could be jeopardized. 

A general contractor may not fully understand the type of roofing ventilation your home will require and improperly install it. To ensure your roof is properly ventilated, consider hiring a roofing company to install a roof on your new construction home.

4. Gutter System

Another piece of a roofing system that homeowners do not often consider a part of the roof is the gutter system. Similar to flashing, a proper gutter system will divert moisture away from the roof. Proper installation, placement, and material choice are imperative for a successful gutter system. 

Discuss the gutter system with the contractor constructing your new home. As an essential piece of the roofing system, you will want to make sure they install the best gutter system for your home and its layout.

5. Material

Of course the roofing material is an essential piece of any roofing system. When having a new house built, it is important to discuss the quality of the material that is going to be used. Many home builders will use a material that is good for today but could easily fail sooner than later. 

If you are concerned about the quality of the material that is going to be used for your new roof, consider hiring your own roofing contractor. They will be able to discuss a wide variety of material options for your new home and offer several options at different price points.

Call Craven Today!

If you are located in the East Valley and in need of a professional new construction roofing contractor, contact Craven Construction today! Our team is experienced with roofs of every shape, size, and material. We are also licensed and insured for your added peace of mind. Consider Craven Construction for your new construction home and trust your roof will be installed by highly skilled roofers with quality materials. Call our office to discuss your new home and schedule your FREE estimate today.

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over two decades of residential and commercial experience, we are here to serve you and all of your roofing needs.

Our team of experienced roofers is licensed and knowledgeable in working with all types of roofing. We offer high quality roofing services and are capable of getting your project completed in a timely, efficient manner.