The roof is made up of various components designed to add to its overall protection of your home. Each component plays an important role that keeps the entire structure in place. Before you call a roofing contractor for repairs, though, it might help if you learn about the anatomy of a roof.
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The shingles comprise the topmost layer of your roof. They act as the first line of defense of your roof, usually made of materials impervious to the elements. Such materials can include asphalt, fiberglass, metal and wood (which are called “shakes”).
A water-resistant barrier called the underlayment is placed beneath the shingles. This barrier’s primary function is to keep out moisture. A requirement of installation for any roofer, it can help prevent leaks from affecting your home.
The rows of tiles and shingles need to be attached together, or your roof would fall apart or leave areas exposed to the elements. The battens, also called laths, serve this purpose. This skeletal framework keeps your shingles connected to the entire roofing structure, which makes it literally the glue that holds the roof together.
Boards placed on top of the rafters is called sheathing. Roofing companies use this to add rigidity to the roof frame, which provides a nailing surface upon which to fasten the roof.
As part of the structure, the roof truss is the skeleton of your entire roof, giving the entire roof structure form. It includes the rafters, which are beams that run throughout, and the corners. The corners can either be valley corners (going inward) or hip corners (going outward).
At Jeff Woods Construction, we help you understand how your roof works. We also provide services for long-term protection over your head. Call us today at (931) 787-7715 to learn more about our roofing solutions. We serve homeowners in Kingston and Sparta, TN, as well as other parts of Tennessee.