Primer on Standard Roofing Components, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary components you’ll find on a given roofing system. Whether you plan to perform any tasks on or near the roof or simply want to have a bit of a better working knowledge of your system, knowing these components holds practical value in a few areas.

At Roofing Pioneers, LLC, we’re proud to offer not only a variety of roofing installation, roof repair and other services, but also expertise to all our clients. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few of the additional components to be aware of when it comes to your home’s roof and the various tasks or issues that may arise in this area over a period of years.

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For the vast majority of roofing types out there today, the covering section will be the area that’s most visible to anyone viewing the roof from the exterior. When it comes to curb appeal and property value related to the roof, covering is one of the single most important areas.

The most common type of roof covering is generally pretty well-known: Asphalt shingles, which are popular throughout a wide variety of home types and provide a combination of durability and aesthetics. However, modern metal roofing components have also been growing in popularity recently, and there are also options for clay or concrete tiles that can be considered for those looking for weather-resistant shingles.


For many roof types, plus also many vertical walls, flashing is an important component that’s in place to assist with waterproofing and preventing moisture from entering the system. In some roofs, flashing components will not be seen – in others, such as open-valley roofs, they will be visible.

The job of flashing is to seal gaps that may be present in intersections between the various contours of a roof and its surrounding walls. Such contours may include valleys, penetrations, or meeting points between the roof and vertical walls of the home.

Insulation Materials and Support

Finally, one vital area of any roof will be the joists found under the primary roofing area, generally made of wood or metal. They are meant to support the roof during any wind or other weather conditions, present in angled or flat formats depending on the roof structure.

In addition, vital insulation sits between the joists in a roof. This insulation helps limit temperature loss between the inside and outside of the home, often made of fiberglass that makes homes far more energy efficient.

For more on the various components of your roof to be aware of, or to learn about any of our roofing repair or other services, speak to the staff at Roofing Pioneers, LLC today.

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