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The Different Parts of Your Roofing System
The Different Parts of Your Roofing System
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  • Residential Roofing Indianapolis

    The roof is arguably the most important part of the home; in fact, without a roof, a house can hardly be called a home. The roof provides comfort, security, and safety from the elements. So if the roof ends up with any kind of damage, it could end up compromising all of the qualities that the roof is supposed to provide. The roof is particularly susceptible to wear and tear since it is exposed to the elements, and in Indianapolis, those elements can be varied and unpredictable.


The Different Parts of Your Roofing System

Your roof is a complex system involving many parts that all work together to protect your home from the elements. By understanding how each component works, it will be easier for you to see if something is wrong and arrange for prompt roof repair before any meaningful damage has been done.

The Different Parts of Your Roofing System

Here’s a brief overview of the major components of your roof.


Your shingles form the topmost layer of the roofing system and are the first line of defense against the harsh elements. Shingles are small, uniformly sized pieces that overlap to form a nearly waterproof barrier. The most popular shingles used in homes today are made of laminated felt with a top resin layer embedded with asphalt granules.


Located just under the shingles, the underlayment is the roof’s main defense against water intrusion. Water that seeps through gaps in your roofing system is blocked by the underlayment, preventing it from seeping further into the other parts of the roof.


The decking serves as the base of the roofing structure, making the roof flatter and more rigid. Also known as sheathing, the decking is usually made of wood, although concrete and metal decking is also used in some cases.


There are several types of flashing in a typical residential roofing system, but they all have one purpose: to provide cover for areas that shingles can’t cover. Flashing is usually made of aluminum and secured to the roof with a combination of fasteners or bolts and waterproof sealant.


The fascia is a vertical surface that runs along the edge of the roof. Aside from keeping water from seeping along the edges of the roof, the fascia also serves as an attachment point for your gutters.

Want to know more about your roofing system? Universal Roofing and Exteriors is your leading roofing contractor in Carmel and Zionsville, IN. Contact us at (317) 257-0779 or you can fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate.

About Rob Yeary

Rob Yeary is the owner of Universal Roofing. He is a graduate of North Central High School. Rob went on to become a 1986 graduate of Butler University, where he played baseball and studied business and economics.

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    No matter what kind of Indianapolis roofing project you need done, we at Universal Roofing & Exteriors can help you to achieve it. Whether you want your roof to be repaired or to be replaced completely, we can do it for you. We can send a contractor to examine your existing roof and let you know what needs to be done. Once their assessment is complete, they can give you various options on how to proceed. Once the roofing project gets started, our assigned contractor will make sure that it gets completed as efficiently and quickly as possible.

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There’s no better combination than experience, quality products, and a strong work ethic when it comes to choosing a central Indiana roofing company. That’s why we are confident you’ll be satisfied with our work—so confident that we guarantee your satisfaction before you pay a dime. That’s right­—no payment unless you’re satisfied. Get a free estimate from us by filling out our request form or calling us at (317) 257-0779 . We can’t wait to give your home the attention and care it deserves.