Why Your Roof Needs Plywood Sheathing

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When it comes to roofing, many people don’t know what their roof really needs. Plywood sheathing is a vital step to the roofing process, but also a very costly one. Before we get into the cost of plywood sheathing, let’s take a look at why it’s such an important step in the roofing process.
Before plywood was commonly used in roofing, simple 1″ thick boards were used to nail into supports and create a base surface for the roofing. The problem with this is that those boards are prone to cracking, warping, and shrinking over time as they dry out.
Another reason why plywood is so superior to traditional wood planks is that plywood can be done in a way that leaves no empty spaces. When using traditional boards, there is typically a space between the planks. That space creates a chance for nails put into the shingles to be installed incorrectly, rather than going through the planks as intended. Let’s take a closer look at some of the issues that can arise from the nail being placed improperly.
A hole can form where the nail is, and allow water to leak around the hole through the shingle.
The shingle has a much higher chance of being impacted by high winds or weather. Charlotte, NC is prone to weather changes, so it’s only a matter of time before an issue occurs. This can cause cosmetic damage to the home, as well as leaking.
The lack of pressure distribution on the nail can cause a funnel effect for water, creating more leaking. Water will find any weak spot it can to leak through, and this is no exception.
Chances are, any contractor you hire to work on your roof will insist on plywood sheathing before doing any further work. Although it is a very costly and unexpected expense, it saves you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.
Hatch Homes offers The Owens Corning® Total Protection Roofing System ®, which guarantees every layer and aspect of your roofing will work together flawlessly, including the plywood sheathing. Hatch Homes takes the hassle out of adding plywood sheathing to your roof and makes it a part of the process instead.

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