Are you familiar with your roofing system’s roof decking? Also known as sheathing, roof decking is the layer of materials found over the rafters and below the felt underlayment installed beneath your shingles. In most residential applications, a roof deck is commonly built by a licensed roofing contractor using plywood or an oriented strand board. At times, it may be constructed of boards that are either butted together or connected with a tongue-and-groove joint.
While being flexible enough to give slightly in warm and high winds and under load, your roof decks must be strong enough to bear the weight of the roofing shingles. It is expected to be equipped in helping moderate moisture levels at home by keeping rain and the snow out and allowing excess moisture to evaporate through the attic.
As it’s mentioned that only reputable contractors are advised to work on your decking, here are some of the reasons why doing decking repairs on your own isn’t ideal:
- Roof replacement services say there is little to no guarantee that your roof decking won’t get damaged or broken again. Since the roof decking is typically made of wood or composite wood fibers, it can still be susceptible to moisture damage. Mold and mildew may develop on the boards, leading to rot that weakens the support structure of your system.
- Performing fixes is always considered a temporary solution. Remember that replacing the deck completely is the better solution. This helps prevent further damage to the system and ensures the roof materials can have a sturdier foundation while avoiding extensive and costly roofing work.
In need of a roofing company for a replacement or repair? Genesis Roofing, LLC will provide you with a free estimate. We proudly serve communities in Central Iowa, including Des Moines, Johnston, Waukee, Urbandale, Clive, and surrounding IA areas. Call (515) 303-2753 or submit a form to contact us today. We look forward to working with you.