When you think of your roof, your asphalt shingles might come to mind first, then your gutters, eaves, or gables. Your roof is made out of numerous components, all of which work together to protect your home from the elements. Understanding them better inside and out helps you appreciate them more and lets you easily communicate your needs to your roofing contractors if you need them.
In today’s post, Ken Morton Roofing & Siding shares the essential things you need to know about your roof decking.
What Is a Roof Decking?
Your roof decking is a part that’s not often seen in your home but serves a very important purpose.
Your roof’s layout is made up of rafters and joists with a lot of space in between. The roof decking is a flat surface that is attached to your rafters and joists which distributes the weight of the roof equally throughout. Aside from providing stability, it increases your home’s protective properties by supporting your underlayment, asphalt shingles, and other parts of your home
Types of Roof Decking
As a homeowner, you have a lot of options to choose for your siding repair or replacement. The same can be said for your roof decking as well. Tongue and groove roof decking is great for homes without ceilings. Plywood is a great option for homeowners who have eco-friendliness in mind as they’re made from mature trees and are moisture resistant. Step sheathing roof decking have boards that run perpendicularly and have spaces between the planks.
Purpose of Roof Decking
Your roof decking serve important purposes such as:
1. Fire Prevention. Your roof decking is sprayed with flame retardants as an extra layer of protection.
2. Reduces Leaks. While your asphalt shingles reduce leaks in itself, your roof decking serves as a backup layer that stops leaks that get through them.
3. Supports Shingles. Your roof decking supports your heavy asphalt shingles so that they won’t cause a roof collapse.
4. Weather Protection. While providing your roof stability and support, they help your roof brace from the impact of fallen tree branches and heavy winds on your home.
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