One of the statements most homeowners hope they'll never hear from their roofers is" you need to replace your roof," and with good reason. Roof replacement projects are associated with significant expenses, mainly from high material costs. Roofing experts know that and recommend a complete replacement only if necessary. That is often the case when the roofing system in context has exceeded its serviceable life or is beyond repair. If your roofer has suggested replacing the entire component, but you are unsure what that means, you're in the right place. Below are some of the roofing layers affected by a complete roof replacement project.
Shingles are overlapping building materials that cover your roofing system. Roofers mostly install these components above the sheathing, trusses, and underlayment. Their purpose includes improving your structure's curb appeal and protecting household members from harsh outdoor elements, including rain and hail. Roofing experts often recommend you replace your roof's shingles if they are curling or cupping, cracked, old, worn out, or some are missing. You should also expect these segments to be done away with when the roof is sagging or covered with algae or moss.
Most roofs have underlayment, otherwise known as felt paper or water shield. These are typically installed between the shingles and decking. Their primary function is providing a second layer that protects residents and their property from elements like wind and snow. Plus, since underlayment is attached to your roof's deck, it boosts the structure's ability to withstand damage. During roof replacement, technicians may also dispose of the old underlayment if its weight compromises your roofing's structural integrity. In addition, the same will happen if it's the only way to avoid voiding your shingle manufacturer's warranty.
Does your roof have framing made from wooden boards? That is what experts call decking. Generally, these boards hold up or support different roofing materials, including the shingles. Besides that, installing decking comes with many other benefits. For instance, this component improves your roof's aesthetics by giving the entire structure a wooden, natural, rustic look. Unfortunately, roof decking is susceptible to various problems that make replacements inevitable. These include rotting wood and an unstable feel.
4. Soffit and fascia
If you look at your home's siding, you will likely see an exposed part underneath the roof's overhang. That is known as the soffit. Its primary purpose is to protect rafters from damages inflicted by outdoor elements like rain. But, for it to work effectively, you need to install fascia boards. These connect to the rafters, help you mount gutters, and make the attic inaccessible from the outside. Before suggesting replacing your roof's soffit and fascia, roofers look for telltale signs of extensive deterioration, including sagging sections, cracks, and mold growth.
If you are in need of roof replacement, contact a professional contractor in your area.