Roof Replacement Case Studies: The Importance of Proper Decking for a Roofing System
Upon first inspection, Fortenberry Roofing was able to see that this roof was not in good shape. Therefore, they and the homeowner decided that a roof replacement would be the best solution for the property.
Once the roofing team began the tear-down process (removal of old shingles, underlayment, decking if applicable) they saw that there was absolutely no decking on some areas of the roof. Since the decking is the foundation of a roof, it is not seen until tear-down has occurred. This added somewhat of a challenge to the roofing team but it was nothing that Fortenberry Roofing could not handle and overcome.
The Fortenberry Roofing team decided that it was best to install sheets of OSB (oriented strand board) for the large areas of the roof that needed decking. OSB is strong and adds integrity to the protective qualities wanted in a sturdy roof that will last many years.
Once the roofing team measured out the proper sizes of OSB sheets needed for this new roof, they securely installed the sheets over the undecked areas. Though there were large areas on this roof with no decking, the Fortenberry Roofing team was able to overcome this obstacle and move on to the next step of the roof replacement process. After the decking was installed, felt (underlayment) was laid and then the shingles were put into place completing the roof replacement.
When the job was complete, the client was satisfied with the look of her new roof! Fortenberry Roofing was able to give the client what she wanted while also adding to the integrity of the roof by adding decking in the necessary areas. Even though some clients may not be aware of how important this step is in the roofing process, Fortenberry Roofing understands that a firm foundation is vital to the success of any roof they build or replace.
The tear-off process is when a roofing team can see the full extent of the damage to the decking or the absence of decking (pictured here).
Installment of new decking with OSB (oriented strand board)
Once the new decking is in place, the roof is ready for felt (underlayment) to be installed and then shingles can begin to be installed.