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McKinney Roofing: Article About Roof Layers Explained

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A neatly constructed shingle installation hides all the critical layers below that make up a standard rooftop. McKinney roofing professionals spend years learning and applying scientific principles to rooftops as leak protection becomes an important goal for each repair or replacement project. Homeowners should be intimately familiar with roofing layers to truly understand how the system operates throughout the seasons.

The roofing layer that is normally only seen within the attic is the deck. It is comprised of plywood sections attached to support beams. The deck is the main component being protected from moisture saturation. If it's consistently wet, rot, mildew, mold and algae can form. Because the deck supports all the layers above it, any damage is catastrophic to its structure. Contractors inspect the deck from above only when a replacement project is involved.

An ice and water shield is applied above the deck, but it's not always necessary. If an area is prone to high winds and rainy conditions, this shield provides another protective layer. Other properties may omit it. These shields are basically membranes affixed to the deck, giving it a slick look when exposed during replacement processes.

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Moisture and ice damming cannot usually pierce through this layer unless it's severely damaged.

Homeowners may be familiar with underlayment, such as roofing felt. This layer is always necessary on almost any standard roof installation. Contractors roll the underlayment out while overlapping edges by 2 to 4 inches, depending on the application. Many underlayment products use fiberglass as a main component, providing another level of stability and water resistance above the ice and water shield.

Main roofing materials include shingles, ceramic tiles and metal panels. Each material has its own installation strategy and labor cost. Contractors discuss all material details with homeowners before a project begins. Generally, shingles are more budget friendly with metal panels being relatively expensive. Homeowners must research the benefits and drawbacks to all materials before making a choice. This material will cover the home reliably between 20 and 50 years. Contractors can even offer various colors to further enhance the rooftop's aesthetic.

Roofing materials come with numerous accessories, such as a self-sealing strip, but homeowners don't have to know all the tiny details. Being aware of the basic roof layers tells homeowners when problems might be developing. From exposed underlayment to loose shingles, subtle problems are quickly seen and called in to a professional for examination before larger issues occur.

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