What You Need to Know About Roof Decking

The roof decking is one of the most critical parts of your roof, and by extension, your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect caring for it in the same way they care for the more visible parts of their roofing or siding system.

In today’s post, Sterling Exteriors discusses what you need to know about roof decking.

The Purpose of Roof Decking

Your roof decking serves an important role in holding up your roof. An asphalt shingle weighs about two-and-a-half pounds. Multiply that times the number of shingles on your roof, and the weight is considerable.

When you consider the other “layers” between the deck and the shingles, the weight gets even heavier. This includes the insulation and the underlayment, among others. The roof decking distributes the weight of your roof evenly throughout the house’s structure.

Types of Roof Decking

There are several types of roof decking, each of which requires a specific roof repair method. One of the most common is the tongue-and-groove type, made of wooden boards with a tongue on one end and a groove on the other, allowing the decking to be joined seamlessly, much like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

Another is the plank type, made of wooden planks stacked on top of each other. You will often see this type of decking in homes constructed in the mid-20th century. These days, contractors often use oriented strand board (OSB) sheets to assemble roof decking.

Sterling Exteriors is your go-to expert when it comes to outdoor living and external home improvement projects. To get started, call us today at (513) 685-8055 or fill out our contact form. We serve Milford, Newtown and Anderson Township, OH.