As a homeowner, you wouldn’t normally think about your roofing system besides the usual maintenance and repairs carried out by your trusted roofing contractor. As long as it is shielding you, your family and your belongings from the weather, it’s often the last thing on your mind. However, the structure’s underlying layers, particularly the decking, may suffer damage despite the rest of your roof looking visually intact.
Deck Damage and Its Causes
The deck is perched on top of the roof’s structural members — the rafters and trusses — and serves as the foundation for the rest of the roofing layers. Older homes often have their decking either butted together or connected with a tongue-and-groove joint while more modern designs tend to use plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).
Since decking is hidden beneath several roofing layers, the damage is hardly visible at first. It may only present itself through other types of damage such as mold growth, premature deterioration, infestations and roof sagging. Water leaks are also common signs of a compromised deck, evidenced by water stains on the interior walls and ceiling.
The Best Way to Save Your Roof Deck
Ideally, a complete roof replacement is the best solution for this issue. A damaged roof deck can be difficult to repair as it won’t guarantee that the leaks are addressed properly. Patching the affected areas may seem like a good temporary solution, but this isn’t recommended as the damage can still spread to other parts of your roof. It may require a high upfront cost, but a brand-new roof is often more cost-effective since you won’t have to worry about underlying damage for several years to come.
As one of the best roof repair contractors in the area, you can count on V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. to get the job done right! Call us today at (203) 639-1634, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.