Homeowners know how vital their roof is to the integrity of their house. Nearly everyone is well aware of how components like shingles and roof flashing work to protect their most valuable asset. Still, not many understand the importance of roof sheathing to the roof’s longevity and protection. If you have roof issues, it could be your sheathing. Call Gotcha Covered Contracting at (724) 581-8147 to schedule an appointment for roof repairs or read on to learn more about the importance of roof sheathing.
What is Roof Sheathing?
Roof sheathing, also known as roof decking, is the layer that goes directly on the trusses and beams of your roof. Roof sheathing provides the initial layers of protection for your home. It can stop leaks from occurring and can also help keep your home cooler in the summer, which is indispensable for Flagstaff homeowners.
What is Roof Sheathing Made Of?
Oriented strand board (OSB) is a popular option for roof sheathing because it’s strong, lightweight, and inexpensive. It’s similar to particle board, made by compressing layers of wood strands with some type of adhesive. When strength is an important consideration, as is the case for slate or clay tile roofs, plywood is often used instead for its enhanced durability.
Roof Sheathing Functions
Roof sheathing serves a variety of essential functions, including:
Leak prevention – While shingles are designed to protect against water, sometimes water can get past them, at which point it’s up to the sheathing to prevent the water from getting into the home and causing damage.
Shingle anchor – Shingles provide critical protection and are a significant component of the roof, but they need something to hold them in place. That’s where sheathing comes in, providing a stable base for attaching the shingles.
Structural support and stability – Sheathing is also crucial for the structural support of the entire roof, as it evenly distributes the weight of the shingles or any other loads on the roof.
Fire protection – Sheathing materials are commonly treated with flame retardants, potentially limiting the spread and damage caused by a house fire.
How Roof Sheathing Can Cool Your Home
Texas summers can be brutally hot, making it important to find any ways possible to keep your home cool. Roof sheathing, especially of the reflective variety, can help make your home more energy efficient. With reflective roof sheathing, we install a radiant layer on top of the sheathing that works to reflect the sun’s energy away from your roof. This process helps keep your attic cool and significantly reduces the cost of cooling your home.
If you have questions or concerns about your roof, give Gotcha Covered Contracting (724) 581-8147 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members regarding any of your roofing problems. One of our expert roofers will be more than happy to walk you through the process of replacing your roof sheathing. You can also easily schedule a free roof replacement estimate.