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Roofing Basics

This page explains a little more about what makes up a roof, its anatomy and how the parts work as a whole.

The various types of roofs available are numerous. Each have pros and cons and each are suitable for different locations around the globe. Roof systems, no matter the various types of materials they are built with, are an integral part of the building process. Having a roof properly installed using quality materials will ensure trouble free living for years to come.

Common Roof Types

A soffit or eave describes the exposed underside of the overhanging section of any roof eave that extends beyond the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof. Soffits not only prevent animals from crawling into your attic and damaging your investment, they allow proper ventilation across the attic so heat does not build and cook the tiles from below.

Typically, the soffit is made of aluminum with holes to allow for ventilation across the attic. The size of the area covered by the soffits can vary from a couple of centimeters to more than a meter. Aluminum soffits are installed on the roof trusses.

The fascia is the wood attached to the edge of the roof trusses covered with an aluminum surface that forms the outer edge finishing the connection between the soffit and the roof. The ‘fascia board’ caps the end of the rafters outside your building and can be colour coordinated with the soffit.

The roof of your house is a system. Improper installation of the eaves can result in structural damage, mold, and deterioration that could eventually lead to leaks in your roof.

There are thousands of websites which provide detailed information on construction and specific brands of quality roof parts. Do your homework. The more you know and understand, the easier you’ll feel when it comes to repairing the roof of your own home.

Please call KLZ Roofing if you have any questions or need more information. We are happy to help.

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