What’s Your Roof Made Of?

What's Your Roof Made Of

Not many people really understand exactly what your roof is made of. It is important to understand the components of your roof so that you can spot a problem before it becomes a disaster. Being educated about your roof can also just help you to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into keeping your roof over your head. Paradigm Roofing has put together a little guide to let you know what your roof is made of.

Roof Frame

The frame is the skeleton of your roof. It can be made of metal or most commonly, wood. This is what everything is laid on to help get the shape of your roof.


On residential roofs, plywood is laid over the frame to give a flat support for the rest of the roofing materials.

Felt Paper and Underlayment

These two materials are like blankets for your roof. The felt paper helps protect your roof and the underlayment helps to seal edges around the flashings.

Modified Bitumen Roofing Membrane

Bitumen membrane is a covering that protects your roof from moisture and weather damage. It is placed below the shingles and is commonly seen with asphalt roofing.


This is the material put around open areas or connecting areas of your roof. You can find flashing around ventilation and the chimney.


Your shingles can vary in the material that is used. The most common residential roof material is asphalt. But many homes may also have tile, slate, or metal roofing.

Ridge Cap

The ridge cap is located on the top edge of your roof, and is made up of thick shingles that “cap the ridge” of your roof.

If you have additional questions about what your roof is made of, contact Paradigm Roofing at 972-542-7774 and we will be happy to assist you.