The roof decking is a vital component of a property’s roofing systems. It offers structural support for the roof itself, and it’s an element that requires the expertise of professionals in roofing and gutters, such as Century Roofing and Siding, to ensure maximum support.
Not all decks are created equal, however. In today’s post, we explain the different decking materials used nowadays.
Roofing and siding contractors use concrete decks when high levels of fireproofing and strength are necessary. These are often poured into multiple forms with reinforcing bars or set on roofs in pre-cast boards with steel as their frame. Some benefits of using concrete decking include decreased wind damage and easy cleaning and maintenance.
Steel decking has contributed to the superiority of steel frames in the commercial industry. As steel decks are laid by hand and not by machinery, installing this material is less time-consuming than other roof decking materials. Apart from that, steel decking will not warp and twist over time and it’s resistant to moisture, weather and pest damage.
Oriented Strand Board (Wood) Decks
OSB sheathing is also becoming a popular choice for roof decking thanks to its low cost and increased strength. This is a synthetic product made from wood fragments, bound together by a special adhesive. By integrating the natural performance of wood decks with an engineered manufacturing process, OSB offers superior decking strength, uniformity and rigidity.
Roof sheathing is more than just laying flat panels onto which shingles are attached. Sheathing comes in different materials and thicknesses. Lastly, the type of commercial roof you have will help confirm what type of sheathing material and thickness you need for your project.
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