As a homeowner, it’s smart to learn about the different components that make up your roof. As it takes the brunt of the punishment from the elements, you need to schedule for regular roof maintenance to check for problem areas. The type of roof you have will determine its ability to shed water and prevent leaks.
Here is some basic roofing terminology that you should know.
1. Tile or Shingle
The tile or shingle make up the surface of the roof. As the outermost layer, it serves as your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather. Many historical homes have tile or shingle roofs that are still intact until today; in fact, some of them are more than 5,000 years old. Despite their history, tiles and shingles are only two of the various materials you can use to cover the roof. Others include metal, wood and concrete.
This part refers to the black paper laid over the plywood sheeting. It is another layer of protection against the damaging rain, wind and snow. Your roofing may require a waterproof membrane and a vapor barrier on top of the underlayment paper to enhance its function.
This is another weatherproofing component that is placed in areas where water is likely to penetrate. It seals joints around your skylights, chimney chases, vents and wall abutments. Inadequate flashing can lead to leaks and water damage.
This is one of the most overlooked parts of a roof. Trim is what seals joints and drip edges, keeping moisture from entering your home. It also improves the exterior visual appeal of the entire system by providing seamless transitions from slope to slope.
Knowing these terms will help you start your home improvement project on the right foot, whether it is a roof repair or complete replacement. To learn more, call Roof Masters today at (888) 889-7551. You can also fill out our contact form to book a free inspection and estimate. We service clients in Montgomery County, MD, and surrounding areas.