Elements of a Roof: Step One – Sheathing

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A roof contains several layers of different materials all applied in a specific way for a specific reason.

If you are looking to get a roof completed soon the process may seem rather daunting. The good news – you don’t have to know all the details of each and every layer, the roofer knows what he is doing. But it is nice to know what will be going on your roof so you can better understand what it is you are paying for.

In this series, we will detail each layer and the material that are used.

Step One – Sheathing

Once all original roofing materials are removed (which is a HUGE task itself) its time to inspect and replace necessary sheathing.

What is sheathing?

Sheathing is the wood material that the shingles and other roofing materials are applied to.

Sheathing has an important job. Not only do you apply the shingles to it, but it also holds the roof trusses in place and essentially holds the entire roof together. It provides all the necessary support to hold the weight of the entire roofing system, and anything else that is on the roof, like snow, people, etc.


What is sheathing made of?

There are a couple options for sheathing. The most common is Oriented strand board or OSB for short. OSB is a lightweight material, but is strong enough to withstand the weight of the roofing system plus some, without bending or breaking. OSB is cost effective making it the preferred choice for most roof types.

Plywood sheathing is also used, but more commonly on roofs that require much more weight to be supported. Roofs like slate or concrete are extremely heavy so plywood is used in those cases. Plywood is the more expensive option.


Why does my roof not have sheathing?

Wood shake roofs do not have plywood or OSB sheathing. Typically they have what is called Skip Sheathing. Which is widely spaced boards that run perpendicular to the roof trusses. Wood shake roofs require extra venting so the gaps help that. All other roof types should have your standard sheathing.


How do you quote sheathing?

Because sheathing is UNDER all the roofing materials, it is sometimes hard to tell if it is warped or damaged. Some damage can be seen from the attic space. Typically you can get a good idea by looking at the roof if the sheathing is damaged, but you can never be sure until you are face to face with it.


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The Roof as it Relates to Buying or Selling a Home

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Roof of Salt Lake City Home

What do buyers and sellers have in mind before buying or selling a brand new house?

Let’s ask and learn from the experts… Kent Temple, the broker and owner of Keller Williams Realty, has some expert opinions about it. Temple says, “Buyers think every house should be a new house, and sellers say, ‘Why should I fix anything?’ At that point, it’s one more thing we have to negotiate, and not only does it get contentious, but we lose deals because of it.”

Solar Panels and Your Roof

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Solar Panel Installation on roof
Solar panels are becoming more and more common every day and a typical concern people have is how it will effect the roof. Questions like… Can my particular type of roof support the weight of solar panels? Should I replace my roof before I have a solar system installed? Is there any potential damage that could happen to the roof from the panels like leak problems from the mounts etc.

The good news is that as long as whoever installs your solar panels is good at what they do and follow best practices, chances are you shouldn’t have any problem. Most roofs can support a solar panel system just fine and the specific type of roof you have will determine the way the solar panel will be mounted.


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A leaky roof can cause a lot of headache and trying to detect the source of the leak can be even more painful.  In a lot of cases the source of the leak can be far away from where it actually shows up.

First of all what could be the source of a leak?  Water can come in through worn, broken or missing shingles, places where the nails have worked loose or through a damaged or poorly sealed roof. Once water passes the roofing, it finds a place to drip inside your house.  So, spotting the leak once it starts dripping in the house is easy but how can you detect the exact point where the leak in the roof is?

There are a few places you might want to check first.  Check the ridge caps, valley flashing, plumbing vent pipes, chimney vents and the utility fixtures. Check the areas where roofing shingles intersect with flashing and other materials. These are typical roof leak areas.

How Much Will Roof Repair Cost You This Winter?

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How Much Will Roof Repair Cost You This Winter?

America spans a wide range of elevations and climates. And in some of those areas, damage to roofs in winter is more common than in other areas. This is mainly caused by the extra moisture and the extra weight from large amounts of snow and ice. While removing ice and snow buildup can help prevent damage to not only the roof itself, it can also help avoid damage to ceilings and walls.

There is an excellent article on Home Advisor, a contractor review and information site about your roof and the challenges you can face in the winter months. They suggest because of the danger in trying to remove snow and dealing with roof problems in the winter yourself, you might be much better off to let a professional help you.

Time For a New Roof: What Type Should You Get?

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Time for a new roof
Time For a New Roof: What Type Should You Get?

You’ve tried to put it off as long as you can. You’ve made some repairs along the way, but you’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s finally time to get a new roof. And if you’re going to do it, you’ve been thinking about what type to install. Asphalt Tile, Wood Shake, Tile, or even Metal? Why would you pick one over the other?  Do you have to replace your roof with the same type that you have now? How much does each type cost? And does where you live make a difference in what type of roof you can or should install?

Good Roofers In Utah Agree: 10 Ways to Know if You Need a New Roof

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10 Ways To Know If You Need  A New Roof

As you’re backing out of the driveway, maybe you glance up at the roof on your home. Or maybe you glance up and look it over as you walk back from getting the paper or the mail.  This kind of inspection method might reveal if a tree crashed through your roof, but to really know the condition of your roof overall, you’ll need to take a much closer look. Making little fixes along the way can help prevent expensive repairs down the road. Most good roofers in Utah will be happy to help you with a free inspection.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should inspect your roof at least 2 times a year- once in the spring and once in the fall.  And they say the best place to start is in the attic.

Find Salt Lake City Roofing Companies that Use Sustainable Materials

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Salt Lake Roofing Companies

Find Salt Lake City Roofing Companies that Use Sustainable Materials

Complying with LEED standards doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, and it’s up to reputable Salt Lake roofing companies like Solution Roofing to promote the advantages of sustainable, durable materials when it comes to repairs and installations.

A news article from the Construction Magazine Network reveals how steel producers are helping builders achieve their goals in becoming more eco-friendly and in following green guidelines set in various communities:

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