Understanding the Five Main Roofing System Components

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Whether you are a homeowner or manage a commercial building, the roof over your head is one of the most important aspects of the overall functioning of your structure. The first step to proper roof maintenance and care is understanding the basic roofing system components.

Five main roofing system components

Components of Functioning Roofing System

Every component needs to work together to operate as a functioning roofing system.

There are five main components of a functioning roof system. 

  1. Covering – The shingles and tiles cover the underlying roofing structure and add an extra layer of protection, plus style and curb appeal.
  2. Underlayment – As the name would imply, this is the layer that provides a moisture barrier under your covering. Some even add an extra water-proof layer under the underlayment to triple up the protection. Preventing moisture from penetrating your roof is one of the most critical components of a functioning roofing system.
  3. Flashing – The flashing are metal barriers installed in the most vulnerable parts of the roof, like the ridges and valleys where moisture is likely to gather. Typically, flashing is made of rust-free and weatherproof metal.
  4. Ventilation – The condition of your attic and proper ventilation is responsible for preventing heat and moisture from causing damage to your roofing system. Moisture and excess heat are the two main threats that proper ventilation eliminates.
  5. Gutters – A proper gutter system helps direct water away from your roof, foundation, and other important aspects of your building. You want to give moisture a way to escape, and the gutter system is the final step to a functioning roofing system. 

Roof maintenance and care

The longevity of your roof depends on how well the components work together. Any fault or damage in the system can cause problems for your entire home or building. Understanding the various components allows you to implement a proper checklist and maintenance routine to ensure your system works smoothly and effectively. 

Want to learn more about the most important components of a functioning roof system? Contact Horn Brothers Roofing today to get professional advice and services from Colorado’s top roofing company.

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