Preparing for a new roof means researching materials, contractors and prices. But, just how much of what you’re reading about do you really understand? Here are some terms that can vastly improve how you prepare for your upcoming roofing project. Learn them before calling your roofer.
One of the most important parts of your roof is the deck. Basically, it is the underlying wooden frame of the entire structure. Think of it as the skeleton of your project. It is often made of plywood. This is important because it is the part to which your roofing is attached, from the shingles to the insulating sheet.
2. Valley and Hip
Valleys and hips are both sections of your roof that connect two different areas. Valleys are internal angles while hips are the external angles.
A common problem with roofs is leaking. To prevent this from occurring, roofing contractors always install an underlayment before adding the shingles. Underlayments are waterproof sheets of vinyl or felt that keep water from entering your home.
Sometimes, your home might have certain structures called penetrations. These are any additions that penetrate through the roof deck. For example, your home may have vents, chimneys or pipes that poke through it.
Some homeowners may need a retrofitted roof rather than a full replacement. A retrofit is when the existing structure has additional components installed. For example, new gutters can be retrofitted to an existing asphalt roof.
Turn to CMS Roofing for all your roof and home improvement needs. Call us at (803) 732-5558 today to talk about your roof maintenance needs in Columbia or Charleston, SC.