Roofing Basics: Tracking Your Roof’s Health

Roofing Basics: Tracking Your Roof’s Health

Keeping your roofing system in good shape is part of being a responsible homeowner. By doing so, it can shield you and your family from the harsh elements while you add to its longevity. Caring for it, however, requires an understanding of roofing’s basic concepts, specifically its anatomy.

 Roof's Health

Here’s what you need to know about roofing components.


The underlayment is the component that seals your roof from precipitation, such as snow and rain. It is the black paper that roofers lay over the plywood sheeting. Typically, manufacturers use a membrane to add a waterproofing and vapor barrier.


Flashing are the metal pieces that serve to divert water from all the areas on the roof where they might pool. Such places include hips and valleys. They come in a variety of materials, including copper, galvanized flashing, galvanized allow, lead-coated copper, and steel.

Shingles or Tiles

As the outermost part of the roof, the shingles or tiles bear the full brunt of the weather’s abuse. The most common material used for them are concrete, wood, and metal. While shingles and tiles are common, your roofing company can install other types as well.


Roof trims are there to offer protection for seams. You can see them in areas of the roof such as the hips and ridges, which are the highest points of roofs.

Knowing when your roof might be in trouble is a necessary skill every homeowner should know. By learning the basics, you get one step closer to ensuring your roof’s overall well-being.

From siding installation to roof repair and restoration, Buford Roofing and Construction, Inc. is the roofing company you can always depend on. For over a dozen years, we have been providing exceptional roofing services. We serve many areas in Texas, including Dallas and Southlake, TX. Call us now at (817) 754-6555 and get a free, no-obligation quote.