What’s in a roofing system?
Planning on fixing or replacing your roof this summer?
For most people, your home is the largest investment you can make and protecting that investment is paramount. With spring here and summer around the corner it’s also that time of year that many of us are planning some large home improvements such as fixing or replacing our roofs. Unfortunately, for the average person, when we think of fixing our roof we often think of fixing the shingles without realizing that our roof is really a roofing system. So, what’s in a roofing system?
If you are planning on replacing your roof this spring there are some things you should consider before you make your decision.
To start, you want to find a quality roofing contractor who is looking to provide you with a complete roofing service.
Educate yourself on what you need to know or hire a quality roofing contractor that can check the entire system to make sure it is working properly. Determine what has been degraded before you jump into just changing the shingles.
What’s in a roofing system?
Consider your roof structure from the inside out …
Frame of the roof – which is comprised of rafters and trusses to create the overall structure of the roof
Ventilation systems – an air intake and exhaust system that balances airflow uniformly through your attic (for instance soffits, baffles and ridge vents work in conjunction with each other to create proper air flow and circulation), this also includes any kitchen, bathroom or dryer exhaust systems that run through your roof
Insulation – insulation performs a very important function managing heat transfer in and out of your home, which is particularly important given the temperature fluctuations we experience over the seasons
Sheathing or Decking – which is comprised of planks/sheets of wood which are braced against the rafters and trusses to create the shape of your roof and will ultimately act as the foundation for the exterior
Shingles, roof deck protection and leak barriers – a combination of products applied on top of the sheathing to weather proof your home from the elements (wind, rain, snow)
Your roofing system should be optimized to protect your home from the elements and effectively balance heat gain (summer months) and heat loss (winter months). If any part of this system is not working well it can significantly reduce the life span of your roof and cause significant damage – such as water damage or mold growth.
Some of the signs that your roof is ready for replacement or requires some maintenance are:
Damaged or curled shingles
Signs of ice damming in the winter
Any visible signs of damage to the eave’s, soffit or other water drainage or ventilation systems
Check inside your attic for signs of water staining, condensation or other discoloration
Water intrusion, water damage and moisture problems lead to mold issues and can compromise your roofing system and ultimately your home.
If you manage and maintain your roofing system you should never have an attic mold problem. As with most things, a little bit of maintenance goes a long way in saving you money and the headaches that comes with mold in the attic.