The Differences Between Open and Closed Valleys

When you’re having a roof repair or replacement project done, you’ve likely heard your contractor throw the terms “valleys” around. What some homeowners fail to realize, however, is that when it comes to the topic of your roof’s valleys, you can actually pick between two variants: open and closed. But what exactly are the differences between the two?
Open Valleys
Should you opt for an open valley, a sheet of metal will be fastened to your roof at the joint. Afterwards, the shingles will then be installed to the roof before they are cut up and sealed where they overlap the metal. This allows the open valley system to shed ice and water more quickly while minimizing granule loss at the same time, allowing your roof to last longer. If properly installed, it can also enhance your roof’s overall aesthetic appeal. However, it can be quite costly to install as they require ordering additional materials for its installation.
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Closed Valleys
Compared to open valleys, closed valleys are considered to be the most popular type of valley and are often used for their aesthetic qualities. Since they do not require extra materials, they can be installed fairly quickly and are usually added across the area where your roof’s planes intersect. However, while they may be cost effective, they do not shed ice and water as quickly as open valleys do and can even result in granule loss for your shingles. This can cause your roof to deteriorate faster than expected.
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