Bergen County roofing professionals understand why many homeowners prefer slate over other roofing materials. Slate is durable, fire resistant, weather resistant, mold resistant, does not attract wildlife or insects, and offers superior durability. However, there are a few things that homeowners should keep in mind when deciding to install a slate roof. For example, they should pay attention to the decking material they choose to use.
In traditional roofs, the decking material is usually made of plywood. Plywood is made from multiple thin layers of wood that have been glued together to create 4x8 sheets of wood. Plywood has been a popular roofing material since around the 1950's. When installing asphalt shingles, laying down large sheets of plywood is a lot quicker than laying down individual smaller boards. Plywood is a lot less expensive than kiln dried boards and is easy to buy because just about every lumberyard has it in stock.
Plywood has been used with such frequency that many roofers do not have experience building a roof deck made out of solid wood. For this reason, a lot of roofers believe that plywood is just as good a decking material as kiln dried boards.
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This is because the majority of roofs built in North America are designed to be temporary. They are replaced every 12 to 15 years. If there is a problem with the plywood, it can simply be replaced. However, using plywood can be problematic for homeowners who want a slate roof.
The primary problem stems from the fact that a slate roof can last for more than 100 years. Plywood does not have the longevity necessary to support slate roofing material for such an extended period of time. For this reason, it is important to talk to a roofing contractor to make sure that they are going to use real wood as opposed to plywood.
Some reasons less experienced contractors give for using plywood is that they worry real wood will increase the price of the job. Others believe that using sawn lumber just won't work. However, it is in a homeowner's best interest to insist that their roofing contractor use real wood.
If a homeowner chooses to have a plywood deck installed, it is likely that within 20 to 25 years they will need to have their slate roofing material removed and new decking material installed. This is a time consuming and expensive project that can be avoided by simply using the right decking material from the get go.