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What You Need To Know About Roof Decking

Roof decking is one of the most critical parts of the entire roofing system. It is where trusses and joints—the components that make up the basic structure of your roof—are attached. Decking is a flat and strong surface between your roof and home. It serves as the second layer of protection against harsh weather elements.

Any reputable roofing company will attest to the importance of roof decking. If you want to know more about the nature of this roofing component, then read on—the sections below will guide you through.

Types of Roof Decking

  • Plywood sheathing is a popular material used for decking. It is made from mature trees and is strictly moisture resistant. 
  • OSB sheathing is the most common type of roof decking material. It is created by interwoven wood strands that are adhered together. Unlike plywood sheathing, OBS can be made from small trees; although, it is also resistant to moisture.
  • Tongue and groove are often seen in homes without ceilings. The unique texture and look of tongue and groove enhances the architectural appeal of rafters. A professional shingle roofer will typically use 2×6 boards with edges that slide together.

How to Determine the Condition of Roof Decking

If you are wondering whether it is possible to determine the state of your decking without having to remove your shingles or any type of roof covering first, then your answer is yes. The roofer will have to access your attic or crawlspace instead. From there, they can view the underside of the deck and make a decision whether it needs to be repaired or not.

However, keep in mind that their findings will not be as comprehensive as when the decking is inspected without the layers of shingles. Once the shingles are removed, there is a chance that they will find some panels that need to be replaced.

When you are ready to give your home an upgrade, Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc. will be here to assist you. We provide a wide range of professional exterior services, such as storm damage roof repair and replacement, to residential properties in the greater Houston area. Call us today at (713) 466-4447 to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Want to request free roof estimates? Fill out our convenient contact form here.