How does roofing work?

June 28, 2024

Understanding How Roofing Works: Insights from DBS Roofing

The roof over your head is one of the most critical components of your home, protecting you and your belongings from the elements. Despite its importance, many homeowners are not fully aware of how roofing works. At DBS Roofing, we believe that an informed customer is a satisfied customer. Here's a comprehensive look at how roofing works, from the basic structure to the materials used and the installation process.

The Basic Structure of a Roof

A roof is more than just the visible shingles or tiles; it consists of several layers that work together to provide protection and insulation. The main components include:

  • Roof Deck: The foundation of any roofing system, usually made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). It provides structural support.

  • Underlayment: A protective layer placed on the roof deck, providing an extra barrier against water infiltration. Common materials include felt paper and synthetic underlayment.

  • Shingles/Tiles: The outermost layer that provides the first line of defense against the weather. Shingles can be made of asphalt, wood, metal, or slate.

  • Flashing: Metal pieces installed around roof penetrations (such as chimneys, vents, and skylights) to prevent water leakage.

  • Gutters and Downspouts: These direct water away from your home, preventing water damage to the roof and foundation.

Choosing the Right Roofing Materials

The choice of roofing materials can significantly impact your roof's durability, appearance, and cost. Here are some common materials used in South Florida:

  • Asphalt Shingles: Popular due to their affordability, ease of installation, and wide range of styles and colors. They offer good protection and a lifespan of 20-30 years.

  • Metal Roofing: Known for its durability, metal roofing can last 40-70 years. It’s resistant to extreme weather conditions and is energy-efficient.

  • Tile Roofing: Clay or concrete tiles are highly durable and provide excellent thermal insulation. They are common in Mediterranean-style homes and can last over 50 years.

  • Flat Roofing: Often used in commercial buildings, flat roofs can be made of materials like modified bitumen, EPDM rubber, or TPO. They are cost-effective and easy to install.

The Roofing Installation Process

Installing a roof involves several critical steps to ensure it is secure and long-lasting. Here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Preparation: Remove the old roofing materials and inspect the roof deck for damage. Repair or replace any compromised sections.

  2. Installation of Underlayment: Lay down the underlayment to provide an additional layer of protection against water infiltration.

  3. Flashing Installation: Install flashing around roof penetrations and along edges to prevent leaks.

  4. Installing Shingles/Tiles: Starting from the bottom edge, install shingles or tiles, ensuring they overlap correctly to shed water effectively.

  5. Ridge Cap Installation: Install ridge caps along the roof’s peak to provide a finished look and additional protection.

  6. Cleanup and Inspection: Clean up the job site and perform a final inspection to ensure the roof is installed correctly and meets all quality standards.

Maintaining Your Roof

Regular maintenance is crucial to extend the lifespan of your roof and prevent costly repairs. Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Regular Inspections: Schedule annual inspections to catch and address any issues early.

  • Clean Gutters: Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to prevent water backup.

  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Prevent damage from falling branches and reduce the risk of algae growth by trimming trees near your roof.

  • Address Repairs Promptly: Fix any damage, such as missing shingles or leaks, as soon as you notice them.

Why Choose DBS Roofing?

At DBS Roofing, we are dedicated to providing top-quality roofing services to homeowners in South Florida. Our experienced team offers:

  • Expert Installations: Our skilled professionals ensure your roof is installed correctly and efficiently.

  • Quality Materials: We use only the best materials to provide long-lasting protection for your home.

  • Exceptional Customer Service: We prioritize your satisfaction and work closely with you throughout the entire process.

  • Comprehensive Solutions: From roof repairs and replacements to inspections and maintenance, we offer a full range of services to meet your needs.


Understanding how roofing works can help you make informed decisions about maintaining and protecting your home. Whether you need a new roof installation, repairs, or routine maintenance, DBS Roofing is here to provide expert services and ensure your home remains safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing solutions and schedule a consultation with our experienced team.

Trust DBS Roofing for all your roofing needs, and experience the peace of mind that comes with having a strong, reliable roof over your head.

We are South Florida's favorite roofing company.

We are South Florida's favorite roofing company.

We are South Florida's favorite roofing company.

We are South Florida's favorite roofing company.