The roof decking is the section of the roof which everything else is put down. As such it needs to be strong enough to hold the weight and durable enough to cope with some give. Depending on the type of roof you are having installed, you will need to decide on the type you use. The roofing contractor you use will be able to help you make the best decision on this. There are, though, essentially two different types of wooden roof decking. There is plywood roof decking or tongue and groove roof decking.
As mentioned the type of roof decking you need will be dependent on the roof you intend to place over it. As a general rule, plywood is much more rigid but does not allow very much roof ventilation. If you intend to use plywood you will have to find a way to ensure that you are getting adequate roof ventilation. Or you should change the type of roof decking you intend to use. This is because good roof ventilation is absolutely essential to the integrity of the whole roof.
Tongue and groove decking is stronger than plywood. It does allow for good ventilation systems as long as it is fit properly. This is to ensure that it is strong enough to take the weight a roof requires when the job is completed. Again, the only way to ensure this happens is by using a qualified professional.
The one you choose can have a strong influence on a number of further decisions you will need to make regarding your roof, and you will in particular need to consider the effect it will have on your proposed method of roof ventilation. Effective roof ventilation requires an intake or air into the attic and the expulsion of air from the attic so by picking solid roof decking you are essentially making this job a little harder. Consult with your roofing contractor and ask his or her advice to be sure that you are making an informed decision that will not make things more difficult in the future.
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