Your roof’s decking isn’t visible from the curb and may not directly protect your home from the elements, but it remains a crucial part of the structure. In case it suffers damage, the best course of action would be to have it replaced. Now you might be thinking, “Why shouldn’t it be repaired instead?” Neumann Construction, the trusted gutter repair and roof replacement specialist, answers this question here.
About the Roof Decking
Also known as the sheathing, your roof’s decking is the layering material supported by trusses or rafters and provides a durable anchor in which the underlayment and the outer roof covering — e.g. metal panels or asphalt shingles — are put firmly in place. It is usually made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but it can also be made of concrete or steel depending on the roofing structure’s configuration.
Why Decking Repairs Aren’t Possible
A typical roof has decking that’s made of wood, a material that’s susceptible to moisture damage. Water seeping through a gap, crack or puncture formed by damaged roof covering and underlayment will end up on the roof deck, absorbing it until such a point mold and rot start to grow and spread. The latter is usually difficult to deal with, and a simple storm damage repair just won’t cut it. Having the deck replaced instead of repaired is ideal since it helps ensure the roofing system remains intact.
Signs of Roof Decking Damage to Look out For
Your roof deck may need replacement if the following signs are showing:
- Serious and recurring leaks.
- Water stains on walls or wet spots on ceilings.
- Mold and mildew growth inside the attic.
- Sliver of sunlight in the attic, indicating an opening on your roof.
- Sagging ceiling or roofline.
For top-notch roof replacement services, turn to Neumann Construction. Our team makes sure that every important component that makes up your roof, including the decking, is not only made of high-quality materials but also installed according to manufacturer specifications. We offer roofing products and components from leading manufacturers such as GAF, TAMKO, Owens Corning and CertainTeed.