Roof Decking Replacement is not something you often think about.
In fact, more often than not, it is one of the most overlooked home improvement projects by many homeowners; however, that doesn’t excuse its significance. Roof decking plays a crucial part in the structural integrity of your roof and therefore, it is important to pay attention to signs of wear and tear.
Chances are you are not well versed in roof decking and hopefully, you never have to deal with replacing it!
However, if you are in a spot and considering replacing your roof’s decking (aka plywood base) we offer some advice to help you get a better idea of roof decking and cost-effective roof replacement options for new roofing materials.
What is Roof Decking?
The roofing industry has a multitude of terms to get under your belt, but roof decking is fairly simple to understand. Roof decking is the roofing material in between the structural components of the roof’s foundation and the layers of insulation and weatherproofing material. It is like a table, provides extra support to everything you place on it.
The most common type of roofing deck material includes but is not limited to:
- Plywood (90 % of roof decking or more is plywood)
- Wood Plank,
- Other forms of composite material.
However, there are other factors that may influence your ultimate decision include building codes in residential buildings, the weight of roof materials (roofing shingles, etc.) and air conditioning equipment, the elements, etc.
Very important to know for maintenance, especially when undergoing roof repairs and/or roof replacement! Also, it is important to note that in most cases, you won’t know a ton about your roof’s decking until a roofing company tears off your existing shingles (more on this later).
Types of Roof Decking:
CDX Plywood is one of the most popular brands of plywood used by roofing contractors for roof sheathing. It is an incredible roofing material that provides great durability. It has a protective layer that is resistant to excess moisture, stopping the potential for water damage. CDX Plywood on the other hand is comparatively lower in price, very cost-effective for your entire roof!
Plank sheathing is an archaic choice that was a popular decking material back in the day. Do not use it today (unless it is for a barn or shed).
They consist of rows of long, rectangular wood boards on the same rafters with occasional groove decking that come in two dimensions 1 x 6 and 1 x 8. They provide great stability and can withstand heavy loads; however, wood planks can periodically crack and deform due to the elements, especially if the attic space of your home has poor ventilation.
Knots in planks are especially areas of vulnerability. Contact a professional roofer or roofing company to help point you in the right direction as to whether or not plank is ideal for your roof’s decking is ideal.
Metal Sheathing is the poster child of decking material for COMMERCIAL properties due to its lightweight and durable composition that makes it an ideal, long-term choice for your roofing structure, especially if you live in an area with high amounts of precipitation like hail, snow, rain, and so forth as it is impact-resistant. No need for costly repairs!
It also has some benefits that come in handy such as contributing to overall lower energy costs as well as home insurance rate kickbacks. However, despite it satisfying the roofing needs of your current roof, it is one of the more expensive decking materials on the marketplace, which may or may not work with your budget and is why most homeowners don’t use it.
How much does new roof decking typically cost?
The cost of new decking material differs based on material composition, amount of decking material needed, and geographic location. Keep in mind that the roof replacement does also factor in different additional costs such as labor, additional taxes, and so forth.
The price to install roof decking is based on what material you use for your home! A full roof replacement costs on average between $8,000 and $12,000. Note: Wood prices have a tendency to fluctuate and are volatile this day and age, so pricing can vary significantly.
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The price of plywood per sheet is on average $70-$100. A sheet is roughly 4 x 8, which covers 32 square feet.
Plank decking costs on average about three times more than its plywood counterpart, so roughly $210-$300.
An average price for a metal roof costs roughly $18,000, costing $800 t0 $1,600 per every 100 square feet.
Each region offers particular materials at greater abundance let alone cost-effectiveness than others, which in turn will highly influence the cost. It is highly recommended to check what’s on your local marketplace by reaching out to local roofing contractors to get quotes on material and how much it would cost relative to your house’s job.
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Roof Decking Replacement Tips:
Roof decking will showcase signs of wear and tear in three distinct ways. In order to get a better look at potential damage roofing contractors has to examine the old roof for:
- Leaks – Leaks are a tell-tale sign of damaged decking material. A leaky roof can seriously undermine the structural integrity of your roof, giving the opportunity for mold to infiltrate your attic. Examine the effectiveness of metal flashing on your roof and check for damages.
- The Unevenness of Roof: Improper water flow and drainage can pose a threat to the condition of decking material especially wood, causing sagging roof, excess flooding, and eventually your roof is compromised.
- Rotten Decking: Rotting decking material is an immediate call for a new roof deck as its durability is all but compromised and it’s not a matter of if, but when it falls through. Rotting wood is caused by water decay most often than not, and can lure pests.
Where to Find a Roofing Contractor
Finding a roofing contractor can be as easy as a quick search online.
Check out your local marketplace as they will understand the extent of your situation better and compare services and prices from numerous roofing companies. Simple as that!
Here is what to look for when replacing your roof’s decking with a roofing company:
- Do your own preinspection by shining a flashlight in your attic and looking for leaks, sags, and dark spots on your roof decking (plywood). Look for the obvious signs of roof damage.
- When a company comes to look at your shingles, you can have them inspected as well for any plywood replacement
- Keep in mind that most of the time a roofing company won’t know if you need to replace any plywood decking until they take the shingles off
What’s the Verdict?
The roofing system can be a little complex, but roof decking is an understandable slice of the pie.
Most of the time you won’t have to worry about your roof’s decking. Very rarely do you have to replace it and on the occasion you do, it is usually a piece here or there.
This is why we recommend you get professional roofing guidance when you are considering a new roof, the accompanying roof warranties, and whether or not your home really needs to replace roof decking.
If you have any other burning questions to ask, don’t be afraid to reach out!