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Anatomy of an Energy-Efficient Roofing Upgrade: Part 2

Thanks to Mark Clement and OldHouseWeb.com for letting us share this helpful video. As the energy-efficient roofing remodel continues, Mark finds a detail important to the project: 100-year-old house flashing. He uses a ripper to pry the old flashing off the plywood roof decking.

Underneath, Mark discovers that the flashing is in bad shape with plenty of holes in it. However, it's also integrated into the stucco cladding of the house, so it must remain. When he returns with his new underlayment, he tucks it underneath the cladding in a process called weatherboarding. Mark admits that the technique is not perfect, but it's the best solution when old flashing can't be removed.

How to Finish Your Roofing Remodel

Finishing the project requires placing one more piece of flashing over the old original to trap and keep it dry. Keeping a roof's inner core as clean and dry as possible is essential for long-lasting, energy-efficient roofing.

Mark says, "Roofing is kind of a combination of 'Don't sweat the small stuff,' and 'Sweat the small stuff.'" He notes the importance of getting dust and dirt off the decking so the substrate is clean for the next layer of material, the ice and water shield. He uses a garden blower to get all the debris off the surface.

Once the surface is clean, Mark works to remove the 100-year-old gutter brackets he found trapped under the thick plywood decking. "Plan for the unplanned," Mark advises. He uses a tool to cut out the brackets, saving the square pieces of decking and reattaching them once the old brackets have been removed.

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Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in North America mainly because they are economical and versatile, work well on steep-sloped roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance and are reasonably priced. In addition, asphalt shingles are also easy to cut, fasten, and fit, as well as being compatible with many different kinds of flashing and edging products.

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