When it comes to roof health and potential repairs, people tend to consider two things. Are there any missing shingles and do they spot any leaks? However, roof decking also plays an important part in keeping your roof functioning and protecting your home. Roof decking keeps the interior of your home dry, while also improving soundproofing.
Roof decking refers to pieces of plywood that sit beneath the visible roof. Unfortunately, this invisibility often creates an out-of-sight-out-of-mind effect. So, how do you know if there is a problem with your decking?
Signs Your Decking Needs Replacing
The good news is that roof decking lasts for a long time. While it acts as a foundation for the shingles, the singles also protect that wood. The limited exposure to the elements works in its favor. Even so, when the shingles suffer damage, the decking then becomes exposed and leads to the following red flags:
- Spikes in your heating or cooling bill
- Leaking in the attic or other top-floor spaces
- Mildew or mold in the attic and other top-floor spaces
- Stains along the walls or in the ceiling
- Visible damage around the chimneys or flashing
- Small or gaping holes in the roof
Replacement of Decking When Changing Shingles
Professionals recommend inspecting roofs twice a year, right before the winter and right after. Homeowners who do this can spot issues early enough to repair them before the decking suffers damage. Because of this, replacing the shingles does not always mean the decking needs replacing too. Good contractors test the strength of the decking to ensure all is well before laying down shingles, so if you need to replace it, you get told upfront.
The good news is that there are many easy ways to prolong the life of your roof decking. Always replace damaged or missing shingles as soon as possible. Next, ensure your gutters are kept clean to prevent water from sitting on the roof. For inspections and other roof maintenance needs, contact Badger Contracting by calling 410-417-6972 or emailing us today!