Understanding The Parts Of Your Roof


It's time to pay attention to your roof before damage causes a major leak. If you would like to know more about your roof, you should start by understanding the different parts of the roof. If you would like to know more, keep reading.


The shingles are the main line of defense against UV rays, rain, wind, snow, and debris. They are often made from asphalt shingles because of their low price, but other roofing shingles include:

  • Wood shingles and stakes
  • Metal
  • Clay tiles
  • Slate tiles
  • Concrete tiles

Typically, the more expensive the material, the longer it will last. However, heavy materials like slate and concrete may not be ideal for every roof. While they all have different levels of maintenance, most maintenance involves replacing damaged/missing shingles, removing debris, and killing moss.


Flashing is usually made from metal, and it serves as extra protection. Flashing is commonly used around structures that pass through the roof, such as the chimney. Even if the chimney fits in the hole perfectly, wear and tear and expansion/contraction can widen the gap, making it easy for water to slip inside.

Roofers install flashing to serve as an extra barrier. You'll also find them along areas where water may be more inclined to gather, such as valleys. If flashing becomes dented, loose, or rusted, it becomes less effective, increasing the risk of water damage.


The decking is usually made from plywood, and it provides the main structure for the roof. It also supports shingles. If something happens to the decking, you can experience major leaks and damage. For this reason, any damage to the decking requires repairs and possible replacement.


There is one underlay membrane that sits between the shingles and decking. There may also be membranes along the eaves or other delicate areas. These membranes are water-resistant, making them incredibly important for preventing leaks. It also protects the decking plywood from coming in direct contact with water, which can cause decay and rot.

If these membranes are damaged, they should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent a future leak from developing. Ideally, as long as you keep the shingles in good condition, they should help protect the membrane from damage.

Don't let your roof decay from poor maintenance and lack of repairs. If any part of your roof needs attention, it's time to contact the professionals. For more information, find a roof installation contractor in your area today.


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When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.