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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Roofing Terms

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Purchasing a new roof is a major investment, so doing a bit of research ahead of time can help property owners learn about and understand the different components that make up the roofing system. A certified Schenectady roofing professional can help home and business owners determine the best type of roofing materials for their property, but below are some common terms and definitions to help homeowners get started.

The roof of a home provides both protection from the elements and is one of the major design elements of a home or business. It is also one of the most costly parts of a property, so getting a good value is important. Most consumers focus solely on the roof covering material, but it is important to understand that the roof is made up of several parts, all of which need to work together to keep the structure protected.

The roof trusses function as the major support structures of the roof. They include the rafters and the ridge pole and provide the support for the roof decking. Decking can be made up of many different types of materials. For heavier roofing products like clay tile or slate, a very heavy roof decking is required. The majority of homes are not built to withstand that much weight. Instead, most homes are designed for the weight of the most common roofing materials, asphalt shingles.

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The decking provides the surface for placing the underlayment on the roof. This is a protective barrier that helps prevent leakage and protects the decking from invasion from pests or fungi. Underlayments come in a variety of materials, the most common being tar paper or other petroleum-based products. Newer synthetic underlayment may provide superior protection, but is likely to cost more as well.

The actual roofing material is placed atop the underlayment. Although asphalt remains the most common roofing product sold today, there are a number of other options for homeowners wishing to get superior protection for their property.

In the valleys and peaks where the roof sections come together, and also where there are extrusions in the roof's surface, flashing may be applied to provide extra protection to these vulnerable areas. Flashing is usually made of a metal, but quality can vary greatly. Ideally, the flashing material will have the same or a longer lifespan as the actual roofing product.

Special attention should also be paid to the drip edges, the soffit and the fascia. These are terms that describe the various edges of the roofing structure and are utilized so that the roof has a finished appearance.

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