New Roofing Parts Your Home May Get As Part Of A Roof Replacement

Posted on: 19 November 2019

A home roof replacement involves several steps, starting with removing the old shingles and roofing materials. Then, the new roof is built from the bottom up, so you have all new roofing that should last for many years. There's more involved than just applying new shingles. Here are some parts that may get replaced when you get a new roof.

The Shingles

Shingles are an important part of the roof since they cover a large area and they need to keep out the rain. Shingles also have a big effect on the appearance of your home, so when you get a new roof, it's time to consider changing the appearance of your home by switching to shingles of a different color. You might also want to switch to architectural shingles that have a dimensional look if they would match your home's architecture.

The Flashing And Drip Edge

Flashing is metal that goes around things that come up through the roof, such as a bathroom vent or a chimney. Metal can deteriorate over time, and flashing is a common area for roof leaks. When you have a roof replacement, the old flashing may be removed and replaced with new materials too. In addition to metal flashing, pipes can also have rubber boots around them to seal out water. Rubber gets old and cracked in time, so these may also be replaced when you get a new roof. The drip edge is a metal piece that's fitted along the bottom of the roof that keeps water from flowing up under the shingles. Your roofer might pull this off and put on a new drip edge when you get a new roof.

Soffit And Fascia Boards

The soffit and fascia boards are along the bottom edges of the roof. These are next to the gutters and are vulnerable to water damage. If the boards are rotted, they may need to be torn out and replaced. The soffit boards are also where vents are located that assist the air circulation in your attic, and when the roofer inspects your home, the circulation system that includes soffit vents and ridge vents is inspected so the system can be improved upon or replaced if needed.

The Deck And Underlayment

The deck doesn't always need to be replaced when you get a new roof. The deck is the wooden part that covers your home and what the shingles attach to. If your old roof never leaked, the original deck may be fine. However, if parts of the deck have water damage, these must be pulled off and replaced with new, dry material. Underlayment goes over the deck and under the shingles. The underlayment is a layer of defense against a roof leak in case a shingle cracks or shifts. Underlayment becomes worn with age and needs to be replaced when you get a new roof.