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Your roof is made up of many components that each play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of your roof. Understanding these components helps you to better know the possibilities of any of these components being compromised and allows you to better understand your options. When you consider that your roof protects your home, which in most cases is one’s largest investment, its important to know all you can about your Baton Rouge roofing needs.

Roofing Shingles

When you look at a roof, you see the most obvious and most important component, the shingles. Roofing shingles bring out the true beauty in any property and protect your loved ones and your treasures. Because the shingle is your first line of defense against the elements, its the first component we will discuss. Baton Rouge roofing Shingles are made up of many types of materials such as; wood, slate, flagstone, fiber cement, metal, plastic, and composite material such as asphalt shingles. The most common shingles today are certainly asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are are categorized as either organic based or fiberglass based. Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with mat composed entirely of glass fibers of varying lengths and orientations. This fiberglass base is then surfaced with a specially-formulated asphalt coating, followed by weather-resistant mineral granules.


Another important roofing component is the underlayment. The underlayment is installed right over the sheathing and directly underneath the shingles. The underlayment is the skin of your roof. It is basically a membrane that protects the seams and provides your secondary line of defense against the elements. Typically the underlayment was black felt paper that has some asphalt on one side to adhere to the shingles. Today there are other options such as asphalt-saturated felt, rubberized asphalt, and non-bitumen synthetic. Choosing the best underlayment for the job is determined by the application.


Builders commonly build roofs using rafters and trusses. Rafters are joined to the trusses using internal braces so they function as a single component. Rafters run from the peak of the roof to the eaves. Once the rafters are in place a sheathing has to be applied before any roofing material. Sheathing also known as decking is what the underlayment is attached to. The most common materials for this are oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood, both formed of layers of wood bonded into a panel. Choosing the right sheathing will be determined by the load necessity and span necessity. Plywood usually according to its thickness has a load rating and a span rating. Although there are other more complex performance factors for the scope of this blog we are only discussing the load and span ratings.


The fascia is the board usually made from wood and runs along the roof line or roof edge. the fascia is like a finishing trim that connects to the end of the rafters and trusses. The fascia has an important job. It keeps water from being blown in underneath the edges of the shingles. Gutters are also normally attached to the fascia. The fascia is seen from the exterior of the home and today comes in plastic, vinyl and aluminum. Baton Rouge roofing commonly calls for wood although each roofer may have his or her own preference.

Roofing Done Right!

With so much to consider when it comes to your roof and with so much at stake. You want to be sure that your roof is up to par and has not been compromised by a previous storm. Call Ryson Roofing today and have the peace of mind knowing that your roof is living up to its expectations.

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