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Understanding Your Roof – What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof

Understanding how your roof works is greatly important for every homeowner! Your roof is one of the vital parts of your house. The infographic below shows you the many details that anyone who wants to keep their roof in good condition or would want to install a new one should know. Most people have a basic knowledge about their roof so we decided to help out by sharing this infographic.


Various parts of the roof makes it durable against various severe weather conditions. Flashing for example is a piece of metal that prevents the roof from water damage and at the same time drains water from all places where it may collect. Another part that protects your roof is the valley (two sections of the roof sloped downward and connected together) which helps water to find its way to the ground. Sheathing and felt underlayment supports the roof covering.


Other parts of the roof include:

  • Ridge — high point or peak of the roof.
  • Hip — high point where two adjoining roof sections meet.
  • Eaves — refers to the part of the roof that hangs over the rest of the house.


Knowing more about roofing materials, their cost and lifespan is also important. There is a strong connection between cost and lifespan – more expensive materials protect your home longer than cheaper ones. The most expensive and the most reliable material would be slate type roofing. It offers the best protection for your house that could last for 40-175 years and will definitely help save money in the long run.


Of course you may also choose cheaper roof covering like concrete tile, clay tile or metal. These materials will serve you for 20-25 years. The lifespan of wood shake is 15-20 years however this material requires significant care and maintenance. Though architectural shingle is cheaper, it still as a good quality and has 12-17 years lifespan. The cheapest material is asphalt shingle but has a rather short lifespan (7-15 years).


One of the best ways to keep your roof in good condition is by having good ventilation. Proper ventilation is vital for roof durability. Attic airflow keeps your roof from algae, moss and condensation. It also decreases structural damage caused by these “enemies” and reduces energy consumption in your house.


The infographic below from John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration helps homeowners understand the various aspects of their roofs.


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