Is it Time to Replace Roof Decking?

We spend a lot of time thinking about the shingles of our homes. Is the roof clean and in good shape? But what’s underneath those shingles? Is it time to replace roof decking? Roof decking is the foundation that keeps your asphalt fiberglass shingles or whatever common roofing material of choice supported. It is a fact that quality roof decking is essential for a great well-built roof. Call the Indianapolis roof replacement specialists, Bryant Roofing at 317-342-4050!

What Is Roof Decking?

Roof decking (also called roof sheathing) is the layer of plywood or composite material between the structure of your roof (trusses and rafters) and the shingles. It’s not visible from the street, but it’s an essential component of your roof’s structure.

Roof decking panels form the inner layer that connects the trusses of your roof with the shingles that are important for protection against weather and give that extra curb appeal. The roof deck is an anchor for your shingles and the nails that hold them in place.

Your roof repair contractor will probably use the most common roof decking materials, which are plywood and OSB. Plywood is made of thin layers of wood glued together. Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is an engineered wood made up of wood strands or flakes held together with adhesive.


Signs You Need to Replace Roof Decking

Water causes the most damage to the roof decking. If the roof sheathing gets damaged, it’s usually because of some form of water-related rot. Some of the signs that indicate that it is time to replace roof decking include:

  • A leaking roof
  • Stains on the ceiling or in the walls.
  • A sagging ceiling or roofline.
  • Holes in the roof.
  • Roof mold or signs of mildew in the attic
  • Damage around roof flashing or chimney
  • Significant changes in heating or cooling bills.

If you think that it is time to replace roof decking, it’s best to call a professional roofing replacement company for a professional roof inspection. You don’t want to put yourself at risk by getting on a roof with potential structural damage. However, you can take a preliminary look without getting on your roof. Check the attic for any damage visible from the inside and see if you can spot any visible damage from the ground. Then call a trusted roofer to take a closer look.

Ways to Protect Roof Decking

Should I Replace Roof Decking When I Get New Shingles?

A new asphalt fiberglass shingle installation does not always mean you need to replace your decking. But it often makes sense to replace them at the same time. If you have loose or missing shingles, water may be getting onto your decking, which can lead to damage and rot.

A roof deck is needed if you have asphalt or metal shingles. Your roofer needs a solid base on which to install the shingles, so getting the work done together can make the most sense.

If you decide to replace your shingles and replace roof decking, talk with your Indianapolis roofing company about new options in weatherproofing materials for installation between decking and new shingles. We now have terrific new materials that let moisture out of the attic while providing an extra layer of protection from the elements.

Ways to Protect Roof Decking

A protected roof decking is the result of proper overall roof maintenance. Here are a few easy steps that can help preserve the life and prevent the need for a roof decking replacement:

  • Make sure your gutters are clean and in good repair (if you need a gutter installation, get it done as soon as feasible
  • Repair or replace roof shingles or damaged roof material when needed
  • Regular roof inspections


Is it Time to Replace Your Roof Decking?

If you see the signs of damaged roof decking, then you need to call the Indianapolis roof repair and roof replacement experts at Bryant Roofing Systems at 317-342-4050 or email us at service@bryantroofs.com.

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