Replacing roof decks in West Texas is something that happens quite often. Roofing companies like those on the Texas Roofer’s Directory, in Lubbock especially, have to be ready to repair the deck along with the shingles if that is a necessary. But for the customer, there might be some questions we want answered before we begin.
How do you know if you need to replace the deck of your roof? More importantly, how do you know if you really need to replace the deck of your roof, or is your contractor just trying to get a bunch more money out of you?
Both are great questions and you might be surprised to know that it is really easy to notice the wear or age of a deck. No, we aren’t talking about a deck in your back yard, we are talking about the wooden support surface where your singles attach to your house. The surface is often made of plywood these days, but in years past, the roof was actually layered with wooden slats that either fit together in a tongue-in-groove fashion, or they were simply butted against each other.
As you might already know, the deck of the roof is important and it is more important than some might realize. Not only does the decking support the shingles that are above it, but it also supplies another layer of protection from weather. It is the first real line of defense from invaders (the creepy-crawly kind as well as the winged kind). Additionally, it can be the final line of defense against the heat of the summer and the cool of the winter.
That being said, the two most serious indicators of the need for a roofing company to install or at least fix your decking are holes in the decking, or noticeable heat loss during winter.
Holes? Yes, holes.
When a deck is neglected, it will sometimes form holes or soft parts in the wood. This is due to the fact that the wood is an organic, and therefore biodegradable substance. The process is simple. If the deck is exposed to sunlight or fluctuations in moisture, or temperature, the deck will develop spots that begin to erode. Over time, these spots can simply fall apart. A stiff wind, serious rain, or even the occasional insurance adjuster can find these soft spots in the deck and make it easy to know that a roofing company is needed to replace the decking itself. Simply stated, if there is a problem with one part, there is likely a problem with much more of the roof.
The less obvious problem is noticed when the space between the boards that make up the roof deck begin to widen. Why do they widen?
Remember when we talked about the two kinds of roofs? We said that the roof deck that was popular in the first half of the twentieth century was made of a series of boards laid horizontally across the rafters to ensure that a continuous surface was present for shingles. The problem exists in the deformation of these boards over time. The wood is like any other, in that it expands and contracts over time due to weather fluctuation, but when the passage of fifty or more years is considered, each board needs only to contract a fraction of an inch to ensure a serious lack of protection for the home owner. Not only does the space between boards result in less integrity for the shingles attached, it also allows a great deal more heat to be transferred from the attic to the exterior environment or vise versa.
If on a cold winter day you go outside and notice that your roof has thawed far more quickly than you neighbor’s or you see a pattern immerging on the shaded side of the roof, you will be able to see that the heat from the attic is escaping into the atmosphere. This is bad. You don’t want heat getting out in the winter, and you don’t want heat coming in throughout the summer.
These conditions make it easy to notice that a roofing company can be utilized to replace your deck along with your shingles. Roofing companies of all sizes will have the expertise to be able to replace your deck. Also, they are able to give you better prices when you include the new set of shingles along with the deck.
As for the question about whether or not your roofing contractor is yanking your chain, my only suggestion is to make sure that you find a company with a good reputation, so that you will be able to trust that you have found the best contractor for roofing Lubbock Tx has to offer.