Replacing Your Residential Roof: Roof System Parts [Video]

by | Oct 13, 2015 | Roofing

If you’re about to go through a residential roof replacement, it is valuable to understand the different components that make up your roof.

Before your new roof shingles are installed, there are several layers of the roof that roofing contractors should assess and repair or replace, depending on your specific home’s needs. Your roofer should help guide your decisions about these elements – but if you know a bit about what the roofer is talking about, you will be able to make better decisions for your home.

Here are some components of the roof system you should know:

  • Structural Roof Deck: The roof deck is the bottom layer of your roof that supports all of the other elements.
  • Underlayment: A weather-proofing layer between the roof deck and the shingles.
  • Flashing: A metallic material (typically aluminum or steel) used to provide additional water-proofing and support for the roof around joints such as when two different sections of roof meet, around skylights, or at the chimney base.
  • Ventilation: Maintains cool roof temperature to prevent ice dams in the winter and expels hot air from the attic/roof in the summer.
  • Shingles: The visible part of your roof which resists the elements and can enhance curb appeal.

We recommend watching the video below from our trusted supplier CertainTeed for a short discussion of these roofing components. You can see in the video what these parts look like as they are installed:

A roof replacement will renew your roof for decades to come if installed by experienced roofers using quality materials.

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