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Learn Some Roofing Basics

Your roof is an important part of your home, standing between you and Medford, OR’s brand of Mother Nature every day and night. At Rogue Valley Roofing, we believe it is important you understand how your roof works so you can take better care of it and get the right maintenance and professional help it needs. Read on to learn more about your roof.


Roof Components

Most traditional roofs have a single system with varying components. These components are:

  1. Rafters and trusses that support the sheathing
  2. Boards and sheets fastened to the rafters, covering a building and to which the covering is attached.
  3. Asphalt shingles, metal, slate, tile, or wood shingles and shakes that cover the underlayment protecting the sheathing.
  4. Metal or other materials placed at joints and in valleys to stop water seeping inside.
  5. Layout, shape and slope of roof design to channel water off the building.
  6. Louvers and ridge or soffit vents that let the roof breathe.
  7. A gap-free layer in the attic with vapor retarder under the insulation and up against the roof.


Roof Enemies

Here are a few enemies your roof will face.


  1. Water under shingles can rot your roof and lead to larger water problems in your home, including mildew and mold.
  2. Snow/Ice. Snow melting off your roof can refreeze at the rim, forming an ice dam that subjects your roof to snow build-up and water damage. The added weight can compromise your roof’s support structure. Ice freezing in your gutters can severely damage them, leading to drainage issues for the rest of your home.
  3. The ultraviolet rays and heat bear down on your roof, with increased deterioration focused on southern and western-facing roofs.


Professional Help

Finding out what damages your roof sustained over time requires a trained professional. This specialist will know what to look for and have the equipment and expert knowledge to determine what repairs are needed or if the roof needs to be replaced. To have your roof inspected, give Rogue Valley Roofing in Medford, OR a call today to schedule a free estimate.