Get to Know the Roof of Your Florida Home

There is more to your roof than meets the eye, but how it functions should not be a mystery. At Westfall, we want you to understand your roof and how it works.

Like an onion, your roof is made of layers, but hopefully, it doesn’t make you cry the same way. Here we will explain each layer and its role in your roofing system.

team of roofers installing underlayment on a roof

Roofing Materials: Top it Off

Many residential roofs in this part of Florida utilize individual pieces of roofing material made of asphalt, metal, wood, concrete, tiles, or a similar substance installed in overlapping layers starting from the bottom. The nails holding all these individual pieces together are known as fasteners. Foam adhesive (for tile roofs) and other fastening methods may apply.

For flat or low-slope roofs, single-layer options of synthetic materials made out of TPO, PVC, or modified bitumen offer protection from the elements and longevity.

Roofing Components: Below the Surface

Under the visible part of your roof, there is a foundation called a roof deck. This layer supports the rest of the roofing materials.

The roof deck must stay dry, which is where the underlayment comes in handy. This material is installed on top of the roof deck for additional waterproofing.

roofers making roof repairs to the roof deck with new plywood before installing new roof

Other Useful Information for Roofs in Central and Southwest Florida

Some other terms you might hear our roofing professionals use include:

  • Pitch – The measure of the steepness and slope of your roof
  • Fascia – Vertical roof trim designed to prevent water damage
  • Eave – Edges of the roof extending out from the sides of the structure
  • Ridge – The top where each side of the roof meets at the highest point
  • Valley – The slope where two roofs meet and where water pours down off the roof
  • Roof Ventilation System – Allows air to circulate and prevents moisture retention and humidity-related problems like mold, warping, rust, and stale air inside the home.
  • Flashing – Thin metal placed in areas where water may collect to prevent excess moisture and leaks

Westfall Roofing has been repairing and replacing roofs since 1989. Our dedicated roofing professionals are always happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your roof, contact us to schedule your free estimate.

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