What is a Roofing System?

Your roof may only be the center of attention when it needs repairs and maintenance. However, it's one of the most critical parts of your house that keeps you and your family dry, cool, or warm and safe. It's recommended to inspect it thoroughly at least twice a year. Not only does it ensure safety, but it also allows you to save a lot of money and hassle in longer-terms. In order to solve all the problems regarding your roof, you need to understand the problem first. That's why we have come up with this article that will tell you everything that you want to know about roofing systems. 

What Is a Roofing System?

Roofing systems are barriers that protect you from the wild elements. It contains a lot of parts, which are listed below.

Water and Ice Barrier

Ice and water can damage your roof badly. Not only can they cause wood rot, but they also create an ideal space for mildew and mold to accumulate. That's why water and ice barriers are an essential part of roofing systems.


The underlayment, which is placed under the shingles, keeps the wood protected from the elements. It's a waterproof material that keeps the water from reaching the wood, which shingles don't catch.

Roofing Vents

In order to remove moisture and heat during different weather conditions to keep the roof from failing, proper ventilation is necessary. It keeps your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Under-Eave Ventilation

As the hot air rises, it can damage the roof through humidity and moisture. Under-Eave Ventilation plays a critical role in keeping the hot air flowing; that's very important to protect the roof from moisture.

Roof Insulation

Roofing insulation keeps the temperature of your house balanced by mitigating the effect of the snow and sun.

Roofing Shingles

This is what you might consider the majority of a roof. The fact of the matter is that they are just the very first layer of protection against the elements.

Starter Shingles

Starter shingles direct the water into a rain gutter by creating a dripping edge across the roof’s boundary.

Hip and Ridge Shingles

Hip and ridge shingles are used to make the under-eave ventilation and ridge ventilation look the same as the rest of your roof. Not only does it keep the attractive look of your roof intact, but it also protects the ridge and under-eave ventilation.

Types of Roofing Systems

There are many types of roofing systems, but they are typically divided into two main categories, which are as follows.

Low Slope Roofing

This is the first of the two types of roofing systems. Generally, the low slope roof membranes come with the following three major components.

· Waterproof layer(s)

· Surfacing

· Reinforcement

Low Slope Roofing Types

· BUR (Built-up-Roof) Membranes

· Single-Ply Membranes

· Metal Penal Roof Systems

· (TOP, PVC) Thermostatic Membrane

· (EPDM) Thermoset Membranes

· SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam Based) Roof Systems

Steep Slope Roofing

This is the second of the two types of roofing systems. The steep slope roofs have the following three primary components.

· Roof Deck

· Roof Covering

· Underlayment

Steep Slope Roofing Types

· Asphalt Shingles

· Metal Roof Systems

· Concrete Tile and Clay Tile

· Synthetic

· Slate

· Wood Shingles and Wood Shakes

This was an overview of roofing systems, but there’s much more to learn! If you’re interested in learning more about roofing systems, or need any roofing tools and supplies for your next project, reach out to us at Preferred Roofing. We provide all the supplies, tools, and advice you’ll need. Check out our External link opens in new tab or windowwebsite or call us at 678-396-6880.