The Anatomy Of Your Roof Using Tag & Stick Roof Underlayment (Infographic)
It may come as a surprise to some, but a roof doesn’t just consist of roofing shingles or tiles. Many components are involved in making up a quality roof. Apart from the structure and walls of your home, your roof is the next most expensive thing that you’ll need to replace in your home. Being in the know when it comes to roof components will help you to talk confidently with roofing contractors. Having an idea about decking, or underlayment will help you to become more fluent in “roofspeak”. Here are eight must-know roofing anatomy elements.
Decking forms the very foundation of the roof. It consists of a series of flat boards that are laid out across your roof trusses and joists. Roof decking adds an extra layer of protection between your roof and your home and also forms the foundation for roof underlayment to be installed onto. Roofers usually attached the decking with the use of nails.
Underlayment forms one of the most important layers on your roof. Underlayment provides a layer of protection in the event of roof shingles or tiles breaking or falling off of your roof. It creates a waterproof layer of safety and resistance from the elements.
Tag & Stick roof underlayment is a premium system that only requires a one-step, two-layer application process. It’s a proven mechanical attachment with special self-adhering technology that is also compliant for use on steep roof sloped as well. It not only boasts twice the thickness as competitors but it’s also durable. Furthermore, it saves you on labor as it’s a one site visit application procedure. Be sure to invest in only the best roof underlayment for your roof.
Shingles are a type of outer layer that covers your roof. Made up of either asphalt, clay, metal, or wood, slate, and even plastic, shingles form the outer layer of the roofing system. Shingles are fairly affordable but aren’t as durable as some other roofing types such as metal or tile roofing. Still, they are versatile and come in many different color options.
Roof flashing is a layer of sheet metal that’s constructed galvanized steel, aluminum or copper. It’s generally placed over roof joints to provide support to roof underlayment’s. It’s commonly seen where roofing meets the wall as well as around dormers. It’s also installed around roof features such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. Faulty roof flashing is a leading cause of roof leaks.
5. Drip Edge
Also known as eaves flashing, drip edges are metal strips that have been nailed over the roof underlayment on the edges and under the eaves. Drip edge generally overhangs the sides of a roof and consists of a thin metal flange that is bent away from the roof fascia.
Fascia boards are attached to the roof edges. They are mounted at the position where the roof and the outer walls of the house meet and are often referred to as the roofline. They run horizontally and help to support gutters by providing a material to fasten the gutters onto. Not to be confused with soffits, although they run horizontally, they are positioned vertically relative to the board thickness. Fascia boards are often used decoratively and add to the appearance of a house.
Similar to roof fascia, a soffit is a board that covers the gap from a home’s fascia to the home’s siding. It’s located just under the fascia board. Soffits help to weatherproof your attic but also provide ventilation in too.
8. Oriented strand board (OSB)
Last but not least, oriented strand board (OSB) is a type of engineered wood similar in appearance to particle board. They are made by combining wood strands and adhesives which are then compressed into boards. OSB can be easily identified by the wood strands that are visible in the wood. Oriented strand boards are NOT worth considering for any roof decking requirements.
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Your roof is the most important facet of your home, so don’t skimp on maintenance or the products you use. For more roof-related questions, contact Tag & Stick at 954-255-3107 to get the most out of yours!
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