Most homeowners know about the roofing material that they see atop their homes. You know whether your home is protected by asphalt shingles, wood shakes, metal roofing or any other material. However, you might not be completely informed about your roof’s decking.
Understanding roof decking can give you a better grasp of how your roofing system works. You’ll also be more confident when talking shop with your roofing contractor. Here are some of the most important things you should know about roof decking:
Roof Decking Is Like a Second Roof
The roof decking is a flat surface not unlike a floor that’s attached to joists and trusses mostly found in residential roofing. It’s usually plywood but it can also be some other material. Your roof material — usually shingles — is attached to the decking. In case some of your shingles are blown away during a storm, as long as the decking isn’t damaged, your home will still have temporary protection until your roofer can fix your roof.
It Plays an Important Supporting Role
Without roof decking, it’s probably impossible to attach shingles to form your roof, as the decking supports the shingles’ weight, along with the weight of the tar paper or felt found between the decking and the shingles. The decking lends superior strength to your roof.
It May Protect Your Home Against Fire
Some roof decking can act as flame retardants because they are sprayed with chemicals. To find out if the decking you chose is a fire retardant, talk to your contractor before installation.
It Can Last Longer Than the Roof
You’re probably wondering whether you should replace the decking if you replace the roof. The answer depends on the result of a thorough inspection performed by a professional. In many cases, replacing an asphalt shingle roof doesn’t mean replacing the decking too. The roof is exposed to the elements 24/7, but the decking receives protection from the shingles, so it usually lasts longer.
Cantrell Roofing, LLC, can tell you more about roof decking. We can help you choose the right roof material and decking for your home. We also offer roof maintenance and replacement. Call us now at (903) 848-9494 or get in touch with us through this form .