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Can You Have Your Roof Decking Repaired?

Like an onion–that’s what the standard roofing system is. It’s made up of different layers, each one representing an important component that ensures your home will remain safe, insulated, and protected against inclement weather. But these layers are not always visible from the ground, and you’ll want to keep tabs on their condition to help maintain a longer lasting roof. Take the roof decking, for example. While this component is protected by underlayment (which is covered by roofing shingles in turn), the decking can still sustain damage–and the last thing you want to do is to have them repaired. In most cases, prompt repair work would make perfect sense, but not when it involves roof decking damage. 

One of the most trusted roofing companies in the area, Next Level Roofers, discusses roof decking damage, its warning signs, and the reasons you shouldn’t have it repaired.

But First, a Quick Overview of the Roof Decking

Also called the ‘sheathing’, the deck serves as a foundation for your roofing system. It’s the base material layered on top of the structural trusses, connecting them together.  Without the decking, there’s no way to support the weight of the roofing shingles. In fact, the roofing contractor won’t be able to install them at all. Most roof decking is usually made of:

  • OSB (Oriented Strand Board). It consists of coiled wood strands bonded together with a waterproof resin. This type of roof decking remains a popular choice because it is both resilient and cost-effective.
  • Plywood. While costlier than OSB, plywood decking is also denser, allowing it to deliver better protection against harsh elements. For those getting a roof replacement this season, you might want to consider this option for the decking.

Warning Signs of Roof Decking Damage

Whether your deck is OSB or plywood, it will still be susceptible to damage. One of the most common reasons is constant exposure to water and moisture. When your roofing system is already past its service life or has sustained major damage from a storm, the potential for water infiltration increases. During a downpour, rainwater can leak through the compromised shingles and underlayment. This will end up being absorbed by the wooden roof deck. And where there’s wood and moisture, mold and rot will soon follow. Here are the indications of moisture damage on your deck:

  • Water stains on walls and ceiling
  • Peeling and faded wallpaper
  • Discoloration on the structural trusses
  • The visible presence of mold on the roof structure
  • Sagging ceiling or roofline

Why Repair Isn’t Advised for Roof Deck Damage

The recommended solution for moisture damage in the roof decking isn’t repair. It should be replaced, and here’s why: mold and rot can be difficult to get rid of. This is especially true when they have already worsened. While some people try to mitigate this through repair, there’s no guarantee that moisture damage won’t happen again. But what if you deal with the source of the water infiltration, and then have the roof deck repaired? Unfortunately, this won’t work either. A rotting deck isn’t something that happens with a healthy roof, but with a system that’s already on its last legs, so to speak. That’s why, in most roof replacement projects, the old deck is also removed (along with the damaged shingles and underlayment), and a new one is installed in place. 

To better eliminate the potential for moisture damage, the deck should have the necessary protection. As a GAF® Certified Master Elite® company, Next Level Roofers offers high-quality asphalt shingle roofing systems that come with exceptional roof deck protection. Our options include Shingle-Mate®, a fiberglass-reinforced underlayment that prevents wrinkling and buckling, while protecting against wind-driven rain infiltration, and Deck-Armor™, a premium breathable underlayment that combines durability and exceptional resistance against wind-driven rain and trapped moisture.

How to Hire a Reliable Roofing Company

Given how roof replacement is a major undertaking, you’ll want to make sure you can get the most out of it. And this means working with local roofers who have the skills and experience to install every roof component, including the deck, properly and effectively. The good news is that finding the right contractor for your needs is easier than you may expect. Here’s what to do:

  • Ask for a referral. This seems a bit outdated, sure, but a referral still offers a fast and easy way to learn more about the contractors in your area, and get a clearer and more accurate idea of how each one operates. All it takes is a quick phone call or DM to family and friends.
  • Look for one online. On the off chance you don’t have any referrals (or you’re just new to the area and still unfamiliar with its local businesses), you can just boot up your PC and check out names. The top results are usually the most prominent or well-reviewed contractors, so why not start there? Trusted roofing experts, such as Next Level Roofers, for example, usually have a professionally designed website with all the necessary information visible for everyone. These include contact details, physical address, licensing number, certifications and a complete list of available services.
  • Check their credentials. Start narrowing down your choices. You’ll want to work with roofing companies that are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. They should also carry the necessary workers’ compensation and liability coverage to ensure greater customer protection. Next Level Roofers has all these qualifications, and we’ll be more than happy to show you proof should you ask for them.
  • Ask about their experience. Would you actually leave such a large and complex project to someone inexperienced? A tough and quality roofing system is only as good as its installer, so choose a professional who has made this type of work their specialty. Next Level Roofers, for instance, has over 39 years of combined industry experience. We take residential roofing services to the next level with our superior, error-free workmanship, and a streamlined process that puts the needs of our clients first.

The Leading Choice for Quality Roofing Services

Whether the work involves roof repair or replacement, it’s always a good idea to work with roofers you know you can trust. The good news is that you won’t have to look very far. For many Central Florida homeowners, that will be Next Level Roofers. Expect only the highest quality service when you turn to us for your roofing needs. We proudly serve Orlando and the rest of Central Florida. Call us today at (407) 237-7960 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We’d love to hear from you!