As a homeowner, you might not think too much about your recent roof replacement except when it’s time for routine maintenance and cleaning. You want your roof to look presentable to help your home look visually appealing to friends and neighbors. But you might not be aware of the condition of the materials beneath the outer layer, especially your roof decking.
Your roof decking can still be prone to natural weather elements that cause it to deteriorate prematurely. For instance, if you had a recent storm and see that your roof only sustained minor damage, you won’t know for sure unless you had a professional roofing inspection. There’s a big chance that some of its inner layers have been affected as well, and if you only decide to address the issues that are visible on the outside, you’ll leave the damage spreading further into your home.
It helps to know more about your roof decking, especially how you can protect it. This means working with a trusted roof replacement contractor who can maintain and address any issue they find on your roof, including replacing damaged or rotten decking.
The Purpose of Your Roof Decking
Roof decking isn’t normally visible, but it serves a key purpose in your roof’s structure. Also called sheathing, the roof decking is a layer in your roofing system that provides the foundation for the other layers to be installed. It holds the weight of your installed shingles while protecting your inner roofing structures such as the rafters and trusses. Older homes may have their roof decking constructed by having boards that are either butted together or connected with a tongue-and-groove joint, but they’re now commonly built using plywood or oriented strand boards (OSB).
OSB is a common material that’s engineered by bonding together intertwining wood strands with a waterproof resin. It’s popular because it’s more affordable compared to plywood. However, plywood is much denser than OSB since it’s made from thin layers of wood that are glued together. It also provides greater protection against moisture and natural elements.
Common Problems Caused By Damaged Roof Decking
Damaged roof decking won’t always be visible unless a professional roofing contractor takes a closer look into your roof. If left unaddressed, it can compromise the rest of your roofing system and further damage other areas of your home. Some of these problems include mold growth, small animal and insect infestations, premature deterioration of your shingles and even higher energy consumption.
Out of all the problems caused by damaged roof decking, water leaks are the most common. This is evidenced by water stains on walls and ceilings, as well as peeling paint and wallpaper. You may also find even darker water stains up on your attic which are affecting the rafters and trusses. Another more visible sign of a damaged roof decking is a noticeable sag on your roofline. This means the inner wooden structure of your roof has already been waterlogged for a long time and has been warped as a result.
Addressing Your Damaged Roof Decking
If you already find some of the common problems in your home, it’s best to call in a professional roofing contractor immediately to address them as soon as possible. You might want to do a quick patch job on your affected roof decking, but it’s usually better to have it fully replaced, especially if it’s badly rotted by water, mold and moisture.
A rotted roof deck won’t be solved by simple repairs. It’s often better to get a full replacement because a repair job won’t eliminate the damage your decking has already sustained. And if you wait longer before having it replaced, the damage will only spread and cause more problems for your home. When this happens, you’ll have no choice but to pay for costly repairs.
If you’re planning a shingle replacement, you can take this as an opportunity to replace your existing decking. This might not be needed depending on your decking’s condition, but it makes more sense to have them replaced to ensure a new roof that will last for years. You can also discuss which type of weather-resistant materials can be installed along with your decking to enhance its protection and durability.
Preventing Future Problems
Your roof is constantly exposed to natural elements and weather conditions. Without proper care and maintenance, your roof won’t last as long as its expected lifespan and fail prematurely. Only a professional roof repair and maintenance contractor can help keep your roof in its best condition, so make sure to get yours inspected at least twice a year!
You should also check your gutter system and clean it regularly to prevent clogging. If this happens, water will start to pool and seep through your shingles. Your roof decking will be one of the first layers to be affected and will slowly start to rot. Make sure you unclog your gutters thoroughly to ensure the water runoff flows smoothly down the drain.
DIY maintenance won’t guarantee your roof’s condition, as you may end up voiding its warranty. You can try to do a preliminary inspection from the ground or inside your attic, but never try to go up on the top of your roof especially after a recent storm or severe weather event. If you already see your roof decking has been exposed or badly damaged, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Think of your safety and call in your trusted roofing contractor instead to fix the problem.
It’s also required by your warranty and insurance that a professional should check your roof regularly. So, when you hire our services, we’ll make sure that your roof is maintained properly and efficiently. We’ll know what to look for and how to address any minor problems we find. We also repair wind/hail damage, damaged flashing and ventilation and even replace loose and missing shingles.
When it comes to excellent roof repair and maintenance, Roofing Crew has got you covered! We’ll set up a maintenance plan that will fit your needs and budget. Call us today at (865) 919-4847 or fill out our contact form online and we can start talking about your next roofing, window, or other exterior replacement.