How to tell when your roof decking is damaged?

How to tell when your roof decking is damaged?

Maybe you’ve found a few lying in your bushes after a violent storm— your roof’s shingles. But, is it just a few blown off shingles or are those missing shingles a sign from above alerting you that you may have a damaged roof decking.

Your roof is more than just the architectural shingles you select to complement your home’s exterior. It is the first line of defense against the elements. And, sometimes those elements can do damage to you whole roofing system. A first indication can be that lonely shingle you find.

Main parts of a roof

While the shingle is what we typically envision as the roof, important elements underneath are doing the heavy lifting.

Roof decking: the structural component of the roof. Most roofing jobs includes a minimum of three sheets of plywood that are part of the backbone of the roof.

Roof underlayment: the protective layer keeping your home’s air ventilated and protected against moisture.

Soffit the underside of the eaves.

Roof covering: shingles.

Here are some signs your roof decking may be damaged:

  • Shingle curling and buckling
  • Granular wear to shingles
  • Holes in the roof
  • Mold or mildew in the attic
  • Missing shingles
  • A spongy feel when walking on the roof
  • Damage round chimneys, pipes and other penetration

Lack of ventilation in the home can lead to mold and mildew which can grow on roof decking if moisture is in the attic and cannot escape properly. That moisture can lead to rot and damage in the roof deck. A failing roof deck will impact the integrity of a roof.

Other symptoms of a failing roof include high energy bills and ceiling stains.

Is it safe for me to inspect my roof?

At Thompson Creek we don’t recommend you climb a ladder to do your own roof inspection. Our roofing experts use specialized equipment and years of training to do a roof inspection safely and thoroughly. Thompson Creek offers a free roofing inspection with an in-home product demonstration. According to the latest statistics from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 500,000 ladder-related injuries are medically treated each year. Many are these injuries are from homeowners who get hurt cleaning their gutters and climbing on their roof to make their own repairs.

Here’s a few things you CAN do to check your roof’s health:

  1. Perform an attic inspection: Carefully accessing your attic, check for signs of rotting wood. Are there any signs of staining or moisture on all the plywood and insulation? Do you feel any dampness to the wood in the attic? Are there signs an animal has made his home in there? Can you smell mold? Is your attic air circulating well? Is your attic fan and ventilation system free of debris?
  2. Do a ground check: You can view your roof from the ground to see if there are any signs of curling shingles or missing shingles. Do you notice any sagging or structural integrity issues to the roof?
  3. Research your roof’s age. Harsh weather or a poor ventilation system can shorten the life of a roof. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s a good idea to have it professionally inspected.

The key to a long and healthy roofing system is making sure your whole roofing system is installed properly and with the highest quality materials. Our Thompson Creek roofing experts use our specially designed roofing system to bring you layers of protection and provide you the Thompson Creek No-Hassle Warranty and Buyer Protection Guarantee. Call us today at 888-696-7105 for your roofing piece of mind.

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