Your roof decking or sheathing is a layer of wood hidden under your shingles. It is essential for your roof’s structural integrity because it holds everything in place, from the trusses to the shingles. However, like all roofing materials, your decking can also become damaged, necessitating replacement.
Signs of Damaged Roof Decking
Water remains the primary cause of roof decking damage. You can tell if this is indeed the case if you notice:
- Stains and streaks on your ceilings and walls.
- Mold and mildew growth, which may include discoloration of the decking sections.
- Uneven appearance, where the roofline is bowing down or sagging.
- Dampness, in which the roof decking feels soft and wet to the touch.
Why Damaged Roof Decking Needs Replacement
Rot on your roof decking resulting from long-term exposure to water or moisture is an issue that can’t be fixed by simple repairs. More often than not, the recommendation of your contractor would be to have the damaged decking boards replaced entirely. Time is of the essence when it comes to this problem.
How to Prevent Roof Decking Damage
Being proactive when it comes to your roof’s overall condition is the key to keeping its integral components, including the decking, damage-free. Be sure to schedule roof inspections at least every two years – one in the spring and another in the fall – or every after a severe weather event. Also, check the intake and exhaust vents on your roof if there are any obstructions. Proper attic ventilation helps get rid of excess heat and moisture, both of which can wreak havoc on your decking or sheathing. Keep your gutters clean as well. Clogs can cause water runoff to back up and seep through the roof, resulting in leaks.
For your residential roof repair, replacement and other exterior home improvement needs, turn to BSR. Call us now at (607) 722-7221, or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in and around Binghamton and Vestal, NY.