Decking or sheathing is the material between the roof’s structure and shingles. It supports the rest of the roofing system and provides an added layer of protection against leaks. Because of its location, the decking tends to be an overlooked component. You must do your best to take care of your roof decking because replacement is your only option once damage occurs.
Keep reading to discover common signs of damaged decking and reasons repairs aren’t your best option.
What Can Damage a Roof Deck?
Natural wear and tear from outdoor elements and aging are common reasons that decks develop damage. Residential roofing systems typically last about two decades, depending on the material, installation, climate, maintenance and other factors. Problems can also arise from excessive snow loads or debris on the roof.
How Do You Know if You Have a Damaged Deck?
You don’t necessarily have to climb up a roof to know if you have damaged decking. From the ground, check your roof for apparent holes and missing, curling or buckling shingles. If your roof is sagging or the flashing around protrusions is deteriorating, your decking could have issues. Inside your home, check the attic for mold and mildew growth. Have you noticed that your energy bills are increasing? That could also be a sign of a damaged roof deck.
Why Can’t It Be Repaired?
Repairing a damaged decking won’t contribute to a longer life span. Once the material has rotted, you must have it replaced. Waiting too long to have the job done will only worsen the problem, and damage could spread to other parts of your home. Delays also increase the likelihood of mold and mildew growth, which could compromise your indoor air quality.
If you believe your roof deck has damage, contact a roofing professional. For quality roof repair and replacement services, turn to Expert Contracting. Call us at (716) 572-7303 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.