Knowing the anatomy of your roof is important to know what to keep an eye on and identify correctly elements that need to be repaired or replaced in the future.
We can say that a roof has a skeleton and a skin, so to speak.
The skeleton is formed by rafters and beams, which are the bearing structure that supports the roof materials.
The skin is formed by decking, felt and shingles. Roof decking is a solid material designed to bear heavy loads, just like the layers on top of it. It can be made of wood planks or other durable composite materials. A felt underlayment is placed over the deck, which ensures waterproofing and is being topped with the shingles or other types of roofing materials.
The anatomy of a roof also includes accessories and auxiliary elements such as vents, chimneys, skylights etc.; most of these elements are roof penetrations and require special treatment around the edges, as well as the installation of flashing where they intersect with the roof. Flashing is a metal materials designed to protect these intersection areas and collect rainwater safely, directing it to the gutters.
And speaking of gutters, gutters and downspouts for the pluvial system, which is another system of a roof. It’s the job of roof repair Southlake TX contractors to keep it in excellent working condition.