All roofing components are important, all designed to contribute to your roof’s overall performance. Out of all roofing components, however, roof decking is one of the most critical but it’s also one of the least talked about. So, what is it exactly?
According to our expert roofing contractors at Silver Leaf Contracting, the basic structure of a roof consists of trusses (or rafters) and joists, which are designed to form the basic framework of the system, and support and distribute the weight of the roof, respectively. However, trusses and joists form only just a frame, leaving an empty space in between.
Roof decking is what fills this space, a flat surface attached to the other two. Also called roof sheathing, it offers an additional layer of protection between your home and your roof, and provides a surface on which weatherproofing materials can be attached.
Roof decking is available in different types and materials and what you should have will depend on the kind of roof you have installed. For example, roofers use step sheathing, where boards run perpendicular and are spaced apart to allow air circulation, for cedar shingles. Plywood and oriented strand boards are common roof decking materials used.
Is Roof Decking Replaced Alongside Getting a New Roof?
It depends on the condition of your roof decking. If an inspection reveals signs of rot, it will have to be replaced alongside the roof to ensure the structural integrity of the roofing system. If it’s in sound condition, roof decking does not have to be replaced when you get a new roof.
Over the years, Silver Leaf Contracting has earned a reputation for being a premier roofing contractor. Committed to quality, we are the experts to trust for all your roof repair and replacement requirements. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (330) 313-0620 or fill out our contact form. Schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with us today!