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The Different Layers of a Roof

There is a common misconception that the roof is the easiest aspect of a property to construct, however they are more complex than they appear as each one has at least 5 layers that must be implemented by experienced and qualified professionals. In fact, it is not uncommon for domestic roofs to incorporate several extra steps such as flashing and air vents! Read on as the team here at Valent Roofing go over the different layers that make up a high-quality roof…

Rafters: Aside from providing the structure of a roof and giving it the support that it needs to stand, the rafters also determine the material that will be installed at the very end in order to protect a roof from the wrath of Mother Nature. As a result, they should always be crafted by experienced professionals.

Insulation: Placed in between the joins of a roof, insulation is an important implementation for energy efficiency in order to ensure that it does not cost property owners an extortionate amount of money to heat their property. After all, insulation repels heat in the summer and confines it in the winter to create an optimal temperature all year round.

Felt: Also known as underlay, roofing felt is the first official layer of a roof that is installed on top of the rafters and its job is to prevent moisture from entering a loft. With this said, it should never actually be utilised as long as the roofing material is installed correctly.

Batten: For roofs that implement asphalt shingles, batten is required in order to give a stable structure to serve as a nailing surface. These are thin pieces of wood that are installed perpendicular to the rafters on top of the roofing felt.

Material: As the most external element of a roof, the material is one of the most important decisions a property owner will made. After all, there are a wide range of different options to choose from such as slate, shingles, rubber and even metal which each have their own pros and cons in terms of durability, longevity and affordability.

Here at Valent Roofing, our team have the skills and experience necessary to piece together a high-quality roof layer by layer. After all, each step has an important role in the overall durability and longevity of a roof and it is important that the work is completed as efficiently as possible. To find out more information about the different layers of a roof, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!


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Telephone: 0161 864 3311
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