Your roof is made up of more than just an attic and some shingles – below your roof’s surface, there are various components that make up your roof and protect your home from weather damage and exposure to the elements. If you’ve come to the realization that your roof needs to be repaired, it can be difficult to decide where to begin – especially if you’re unfamiliar with the basic makeup of your home’s roof. Here are some handy ways to identify which components of your roof may need to be replaced or repaired by the expert team at Jack the Roofer.
Roof decking sits between the structural components that hold your roof up, and the weatherproofing layers found beneath your roof’s tiles or shingles. The purpose of a roof deck is essentially to hold everything together in one neat package – if your roof deck isn’t strong enough to support the weight of materials or durable enough to cope with the weight, your roof will experience major structural problems. Water, snow, and other moisture that passes through damaged decking will lead to leaks in your home, ruining insulation and creating mold and mildew that can be harmful to your family’s health. Decking cannot be repaired, and must be replaced entirely wherever rotting or damage is noted.
A common roofing component that may need repairing or replacement is the fascia board, a finishing edge that stretches and connects to the ends of your rafters, trusses, or gutters. The fascia protects the edge of your roof from the elements, preventing water damage to the wooden board underneath and protecting your home below. Fascia board also adds a pleasant aesthetic touch to your roof, making it appear smoother and more even.
This roofing component can be damaged during storms or periods of high wind and can rot over time, especially when there is a lack of drip metal, which can lead to water damage within your roof. If you spot water streaking, rotting or damage to your fascia, then it’s important to take action immediately to prevent extensive damage. Your gutters will usually need to be removed in order to fix this problem.
Soffit is the exposed section of your roof beneath the overhanging eave, and its purpose is essentially to aid in the ventilation of your attic and draw heat and moisture away from your home in order to protect your attic from rot. Constant wet weather conditions and clogged gutters can lead to damage or degradation of your roof’s vinyl soffit. It can even be damaged or provide a home to pests and small animals, so be on the lookout for cracks, holes, and rotting – if you notice any damage, it should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Flashing can be found around the vents, pipes, and your chimney and is generally made up of rubber or metal materials or a cricket to help prevent water leaks and extend the overall lifespan of your roof. Flashing helps to direct water down pitch of your roof in order to ensure that joints and important areas are not subjected to large amounts of moisture. Flashing generally has a very long lifespan, but can be damaged due to extreme weather conditions or poor installation. If you observe damage to the flashing around your roof’s vital components, contact a roofing expert to have it repaired before any water damage can take place.
Before your shingles or tile roofing materials can be placed, underlayment must first be installed onto the decking of your roof to create a barrier against rain, wind, and other weather conditions. The underlayment will protect your roof temporarily in the event that your roofing material becomes broken or damaged. Underlayment only provides temporary protection, as it is made up of a felt and asphalt mixture that will not stand up to weather conditions over time – if your roofing material is damaged and in need of replacement, then it may be a good idea to have your underlay replaced along with it. There are more and more options for a reliable underlayment these days. Please contact a knowledgeable roofing expert to explain the reason for a hardy underlayment and options when you replace your roof.
The drip edge, or eave strip, is an important part of your roof that often goes unnoticed by homeowners because of its relatively small size. This strip of metal runs under your shingles or tiles along the eaves of your roof, channeling rainwater away from the fascia and makes sure it ends up in your gutters. These strips are often made of metal that can rust and degrade over time, leading to leaking into the fascia and unsightly drip edges along your eaves. Your roof’s drip edge can be replaced fairly easily and should be replaced with your new roof.
Always be on the lookout for damage to your roof, especially after high winds or major storms. No matter what part of your roof is in need of repair or replacement, it’s important to identify the problem quickly and accurately and to hire the services of a professional roofer in order to ensure the proper installation and repair of roof components. Attempting these replacements or repairs yourself can lead to further problems including leaks and mold growth in your home, and much more expensive work that will eventually stem from these problems.
For more information about how the Colorado roofing experts at Jack the Roofer can help you identify what components of your roof need to be replaced or repaired, contact us today.