Your roofer has said those dreaded words: It’s time for a complete roof replacement. Yes, it can be an intimidating project because it’s rarely handled in the life of a house. It’s also one of the costliest and disruptive upgrades.

However, even the best-maintained roofs become lost causes at some point and need to be replaced. Getting a sturdy, sound roof is a great step toward safeguarding your home’s structural integrity.

Framing

The roof framing is the structure which spans the walls of the building. Its primary function is to provide and maintain support for all roofing materials from the decking to the shingles. Roof framing consists of rafters, trusses, ridge board, ridge beam, fascia and soffit, and ceiling joists.

If the integrity of the roof framing is compromised in multiple spots, a partial or complete replacement may be necessary.

The Roof’s Decking

Made from thick, strong materials, roof decking (or sheathing) is a large board fastened to the roof framing. It reinforces the roof structure and makes up the surface on which everything is placed. The decking also provides a nail bed for shingles.

The decking needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the roof and cope with the stresses of the elements. Your roofer will recommend roof decking replacement if it is rotted or deteriorated to a point where repairs won’t suffice.

Underlayment

Roof underlayment is a sheet of felt paper or synthetic fabric installed over the roof decking. Underlayment protects the decking against water or air intrusion, and also protects the shingles against the sap released by the wood roof deck.

Ventilation

Proper ventilation consists of intake and exhaust vents which help prevent excessive heat, humidity, and condensation from building up in your attic. Ventilation ensures there’s an ongoing stream of air to keep your home thermally comfortable and prevent premature wear and tear on the roofing materials. Different types of vents will be installed depending on the design of your home’s roof.

Shingles

A complete roof replacement means tearing off cracked, curled, or worn shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material and generally perform two functions.

To begin with, they give your roof and home a layer of protection from what Mother Nature dishes out. They also enhance the design and style of your home.

Flashing

Roof flashing refers to thin, flexible, or rigid pieces usually made of galvanized steel, aluminum, or plastic. Flashing is installed in valleys and at the bases of plumbing vents, roof vents, chimneys, and skylights. Flashing is secured to help water run down the roof and into the gutters.

If you need a complete roof replacement in the Twin Cities, turn to LB Solutions, LLC. Our excellent track record of roofing services and the use of quality brand materials ensure years of exceptional protection and performance. Contact us to schedule your free estimate.