How the Different Parts of Your Roof Work Together

How the Different Parts of Your Roof Work Together

Your roof is a complex system made up of different components that work together to protect your home from the elements. As an experienced roofing contractor, MASCON INC. discusses the three primary parts of your roof and their role in your system’s overall performance.

Roof Work Together

Roofing Shingles

Your roof’s shingles form the outermost part of the system–the part you see from the ground. They are installed over your roof’s underlayment and act as your home’s first line of defense against the elements. As they play an important task, it’s crucial that you choose a high-quality, durable material that can meet the demands of your local climate. Asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing material, but recent developments in slate and metal have made these materials excellent alternatives due to their longer lifespans.


The underlayment plays a vital role in protecting the rest of your roofing system from water intrusion. Often a black sheet of paper, it serves as the waterproofing membrane of your roof. If your home frequently experiences extreme weather conditions, we recommend investing in an extra waterproofing membrane like a vapor barrier to boost your roof’s defense against the elements.

Gutter System

Your gutters play a pivotal role in keeping your roof safe from water damage by redirecting precipitation that hits your roof away from your home. Without functional gutters, your roof, siding, landscape and even your home’s foundation would suffer from significant water damage.

For quality residential roofing services, look no further than MASCON INC. We have many years of proven experience and can ensure excellent results. Call us today at (512) 376-5096 to learn more about our products and services. You can also schedule a consultation. We serve Austin, TX, and the surrounding areas.