The Foundation of Your Roof

Imagine, you’re standing on the sidewalk, looking at the typical house in metro Atlanta. You see the siding, the windows, the front door, and the roof.

Let’s focus on the roof. Does the roof have asphalt shingles or wood shakes? Some homes now showcase metal roofing or even rubber tiles. But it’s what you don’t see that really matters. There really is more to roofing than meets the eye. So let’s talk about what happening under the shingles.

 

Your Roof Depends on Roof Decking

The supporting surface area of your roof is made of wood and is known at the roof deck. It is installed on top of the basic house frame to give a surface area on which to install shingles. Without a roof deck, there would be no structure to attach your shingles. And of course without the shingles, an unprotected wooden roof deck would rot away due to exposure of the sun and rain, and occassional Atlanta snow and ice.

Newer homes typically have sheets of plywood or OSB board fastened on top of wooden trusses in your attic to form the roof deck. Plywood or OSB boards are installed in a staggered formation with small spaces between them to allow wood to expand and contract as the wood heats in the summer and cools in the winter. Older homes often have lengths of 2″ x 6″ installed instead of plywood or OSB board.

 

Inspect Your Roof Decking

Before any new roofing project, it’s important to review and inspect the decking of your home. Rotting or damaged decking could compromise the installation and longevity of a new roof. When the time comes for you to replace your roof, remember to have your local roofing contractor replace any and all damaged wood.

 

Call Roof Authority Today

Your roof is the most critical part of your home that protects it from the elements. Roof Authority offers a complete array of roofing solutions. We are experienced in various types of residential and commercial roof repairs and rebuilds in metro Atlanta. Contact us today for a roof inspection or quote for new roofing.

 
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