The Anatomy of Your Roof

By Stacy Mellete

It’s easy to just depend on the roofing contractor in Largo Florida to navigate you through a roof project, but lacking roof fundamentals will be detrimental when it’s time to make certain decisions. In the long run, knowing how each part of the roof works can help make your project a success. 

That’s why for today’s blog, we’re going to give you a crash course on your roof’s anatomy.

The Roof Deck

The deck layer acts as the foundation of your roof. Mostly made out of plywood or oriented strand board, it acts as a canvas that the rest of your roof is placed upon. The roof deck should always be cleaned and secured, preserving it against the elements as much as possible. Issues arising with the deck should be repaired as soon as possible.

Underlayment

The next layer on top of your roof deck is the underlayment. This durable material acts a shield against any moisture that might come through your shingles. As your roofing company in Largo FL, we suggest using felt paper for your underlayment for added flexibility.

Shingles

The first line of your roof’s defense. Shingles form the core of what you would refer to as a roof. They protect your home from the elements and other debris. Shingles require consistent care and cleaning to maintain their top performance.

Chimney and Chimney Cap

The chimney is your interior’s exhaust vent. Made of brick or stone, they are located either near your kitchen or living room area. Chimney caps, on the other hand, are simple covers that prevent rain and snow from going into your chimney.

Eaves

Eaves make up the lower edge of your roof. They are the part of the roof that forms an overhang and meets the exterior walls. These are the parts you see when you look up under the shade of your roof.

Roof Flashing

Roof flashing provides protection to your vents to prevent moisture buildup. They are made out of sheets of metal used to guide water away from your roof and into your gutters. Since it’s always in contact with the elements, the most common roof repairs in Largo Florida always involve a worn-out or missing roof flashing.

For a more detailed description of each part of your roof, call us at (813) 542-8462. We serve homeowners in Clearwater and Tampa, FL.

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