Roofing Basics 101: The Anatomy Of Your Roof

Your roof is made up of wood, cement, shingles, and a long list of complicated trade terms (we get it). But, since your roof protects you day in and day out, it’s important to be educated on a few important parts of the system.

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Deck The structural base for the roof (usually made of wood or plywood).

Dormer A structure with a window that projects vertically through the slope of the roof.

Eave The eaves are the lower edges of the roof that overhang the home’s exterior walls.

Metal drip edge A narrow strip of non corrosive metal used at the rake to facilitate water runoff.

Rake The outer edge of the roof from the eave to the ridge.

Rafters Part of the frame of your home. They are the underlying structure that’s holding your roof up.

Decking The decking goes on top of the rafters and acts as a solid surface for the rest of your roof.

Underlayment On top of the decking is a felt underlayment. The underlayment protects the decking and rafters from moisture.

Valley The intersection of two sloping roofs that join at an angle to provide water runoff.

Now that you know the different parts of your roofing system, it’s easier to note when there’s a problem that needs to be fixed. We’ve got you covered at Landmark Exteriors and our Home Care division! We offer only top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, and guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained professionals are experts at installing repairing and are ready to take on your next home renovation project! To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.

Why Do Certified Roofing Contractors Matter?

Why do certified roofing contractors matter? It’s almost like the game, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. When your roof is on the line, and you decide to ‘phone a friend,’ the last thing you want is for them to not be educated on the subject. Avoid the headache and protect your costly assets by using this as a guide to help you find a qualified worker in the field.

Your roofer understands your type of roof system.
There are a variety of roofing systems on the market. How each are installed and repaired differ greatly. With that being said, you want to choose a contractor who’s certified to work with your specific roof so you can rest assured that they know the proper methods and materials.

You’ll comply with all warranty requirements.
If your roof is still under warranty, it’s important to hire a contractor who’s certified by your systems material manufacturer. If you hire someone who does a repair on your roof who isn’t, you risk the chance of no coverage if another problem arises in the future.

Your roofer is up-to-date on industry trends and manufacturer best practices.
If your contractor has difficulty answering most of your questions, that’s a bad sign. Contractors have to go through factory training to educate themselves on installing, maintaining, and repairing all of the products in the market. And in order to retain that certification, they have to continue their education throughout their career. So, make sure you’re checking up on the businesses certifications online before you hire!

Landmark Exteriors prides itself on its high level of experience and craftsmanship. Our commitment to quality means we won’t cut corners, so we understand the importance of certification in the field. For 20 years, Landmark Exteriors has designed, created, and installed unique cedar, slate, tile, and copper roofing for homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as Long Island. To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.