Does roof decking get replaced during roof replacement?

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Does roof decking get replaced during roof replacement?

During a roof replacement, whether or not the roof decking (also known as sheathing or roof substrate) gets replaced depends on its condition and the specific circumstances of the roofing project. Here’s a breakdown of the factors that determine whether roof decking should be replaced:

  1. Condition of the Existing Roof Decking:
    • If the existing roof decking is structurally sound, free from significant damage, and not compromised by water or rot, it may not need to be replaced. In such cases, the roofing contractor may opt to leave the decking in place and install the new roofing materials directly over it.
  2. Inspection:
    • A thorough inspection of the roof decking is typically conducted before the roofing project begins. This inspection helps identify any issues such as rot, water damage, or structural weaknesses. If any of these problems are found, it is usually advisable to replace the damaged decking.
  3. Building Codes and Regulations:
    • Local building codes and regulations may dictate whether the roof decking must be replaced during a roof replacement project. In some areas, outdated or damaged decking may need to be replaced to meet current code requirements for structural integrity and fire resistance.
  4. Roofing Material:
    • The type of roofing material being installed can also influence the decision to replace the decking. Some roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, can be installed over existing decking in good condition. However, heavier roofing materials like slate or clay tiles may require a more substantial decking structure and may necessitate replacement if the existing decking is inadequate.
  5. Roofing Warranty:
    • Roofing material manufacturers often provide warranties for their products. These warranties may have specific requirements for the installation, including the condition of the decking. To ensure that the roofing warranty remains valid, the contractor may need to replace the decking if it does not meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
  6. Cost Considerations:
    • The cost of replacing roof decking can be a significant factor in the decision-making process. If the existing decking is in relatively good condition, replacing it may add unnecessary expenses to the project. However, if safety or warranty requirements mandate replacement, it may be a necessary cost.

In summary, whether roof decking gets replaced during a roof replacement depends on various factors, including its condition, local building codes, roofing material, warranties, and cost considerations. It’s crucial to have a professional assess the decking’s condition and make an informed decision based on the specific circumstances of your roofing project. Replacing damaged or deteriorated decking is essential to ensure the long-term stability and performance of your new roof.

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