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Roofing Layers: What Goes Into a Roof?

When installing a new roof on your home, your contractor should look at the existing roofing layers and assess their current state. There are many layers to your roof that keep your home insulated and protected from the elements. Are you interested in how your roof gets installed? Keep reading!


Decking is the first layer of any roof. The decking of your roof is made of wooden boards that make up the frame of your roof. It goes under all of the other layers of your roof. When replacing a roof, the contractor won’t know how much damage your decking has until they’ve completely taken apart and removed all of the other layers. If your decking has rotten wood, your contractor will have to tear that off as well. However, if there are no issues with your decking then it will stay as the base of your new roof! 


The next layer to any roof is the underlayment. The underlayment is a synthetic felt material that is laid on top of the decking to ensure even more protection. This is a crucial step in replacing a roof. Without the underlayment, your decking has a higher chance of becoming easily damaged.

Drip Edge

After the underlayment comes the drip edge. The drip edge is metal flashing that is put on at the edges of the roof. This helps with the flow of water during storms. It also helps push the water away from areas of the roof that are at risk of getting damaged. If you get an asphalt roof, you must replace the drip edge.


Next, the roofing contractor installs the shingles. This is the visible layer of your roof. It is important to hire a contractor and roofing crew that knows how to install shingles the correct way and use the correct techniques, or else you’ll end up having to replace your roof all over again. Plus, you’ll want to choose a quality shingle that will last! GAF offers several different shingle colors. Choose a color that complements your home! Ridge capping is added on top of your shingles. Ridge caps are thicker than regular shingles and fit the peak of your roof. They give a clean, finished look to the peak.

Pipes and Vents

Last, the contractor installs the roofing vents. Vents add proper ventilation throughout your attic, giving your roof a longer life. ‘Pipe boots’ cover the pipes. This protects them from running water, which can leak into your home. 

Choose Quality

Make sure to find a contractor that will not cut any corners, and knows how to correctly install each of these layers to your roof! Without proper installation, you’ll probably have to replace your replacement! The quality of materials and service is just as important as the actual roofing layers. Orbit uses high quality GAF materials to ensure that your roof is made with the best top notch products. With GAF roofing, your roof will last for years to come, no matter the weather! Protect your home today! Get a quote for a new roof with Orbit. Just call or send us a message online! We can’t wait to assist you.

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