Shingles In The Eye And Head

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Roofing: Under the Shingles - What's Under the Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Rubber Or Clay Tiles on a Roof?

Imagine, you're standing on the sidewalk, looking at an average house.You see the siding, the windows, the front door, and way up above, you see the roof.Does the roof have asphalt shingles?Wood shakes perhaps?Maybe it's made of metal or rubber tiles?What you see is where the focus goes, but it's what you don't see that really matters.There's more to roofing than meets the eye.So let's talk about what goes on, under the shingles.

The Roof Deck

We learn to crawl before we walk, so when talking about roofing let's start with square one, the surface area of your roof which is made of wood.Your wood roof deck is comparable to an automobiles metal body. It is installed on top of the basic house frame to give a surface area on which to install Shingles. Without a roof deck installed on your house, there would be nowhere to install your Shingles. And of course without the shingles, your roof deck would rot away due to exposure to the sun, rain, snow and ice and etc...not a comfortable home at all!

On Newer Houses, sheets of plywood or OSB boards are fastened on top of wooden trusses in your attic to form the roof deck. Plywood or OSB boards are installed in a staggered formation with small spaces between them to allow wood to expand and contract as the wood heats in the summer and cools in the winter. Older homes often have lengths of 2" x 6" installed instead of plywood or OSB board. When the time comes for you to replace your Roof System, remember to have your Calgary Roofing Contractor replace any and all damaged wood.

Remember, if your roof deck is rotting or damaged in any way, people walking on your roof could potentially crack or break through the wood, causing further damage to the roof system, such as to the shingles...and to the person who walked on it! However, most roof decks can withstand a little bit of exposure to water or ice before it needs to be replaced.

Metal: Drip Edge and Rake Edge

Drip edge and Rake edge is the first part of the Roof System to be installed. It is a long and narrow piece of metal which is installed along each end of your Roof Deck, ie: along the eaves trough and along the gable ends.

Some area local building codes require the installation of Drip Edge and Rake Edge and other building codes do not.Check with your local city building offices to find out.In Alberta for example, the Building Code does not require the installation of Drip edge or Rake edge. Therefore many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not have drip edge installed in order to allow for more affordable roof prices. We recommend however that Drip edge and Rake edge be installed on every Roof System, no exceptions.

Drip and Rake edge is available in a variety of different colors and sizes and can be custom built for the needs of your roof system. Installing an appropriate drip edge often saves hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars when your roof system needs replaced.

If your Roof System does not currently have drip or rake edge installed, do not panic, you'll survive well enough. Just be aware that when your roof needs to be replaced, the Roofing Contractor you may need to replace some of your wood Roof Deck on an as needed basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

    How serious is shingles in the head?
    my mom is suffereing from shingles in her left side of head. They are affecting her eye and ear. her face is swollen and she cant open her eye. She is in a lot of pain and on meds. Im just wondering how long it takes for this to clear and is there any perminant damamge ever?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to consult a neurologist right away, you will not find people on this site who are qualified to answer your question.

    how do you relieve the pain from shingles?
    I'm in so much pain from shingles there are blisters on my eyes and my head. I've been to the doctor but I'm sufffering from horrible pain is there anything I can do to get relief?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have shingles, you can do little except apply calamine lotion to soothe the rash and take aspirin to ease the pain. You should see your physician, however, particulary if your face is affected. The physician may prescribe a more effective analgesic. In addition, you will need professional advice on how to protect your eyes.

    The doctor first said I have a scratched cornea and then said I have an infection behind my eye?
    I am writing this for my husband. He is currently laying in a dark room, trying to get away from the pain. Five days ago the doc said he just had a scratched cornea after he was complaining that his eye hurt (said it felt like his contact was folded in half in his eye). Then the pain went into his head. A new doc two days later said he had an infection and that was causing extreme pain to the middle of his head. A doc today said he may have Shingles in his head. His eye is red and he says it feels like needles are poking his eye ball with extreme pain in his head and right behind the eye. He is crouched over from the pain in his head. He can see, but his eye is very teary and maybe even swollen. The doc gave him anit-inflamitory meds and meds to kill a virus. Nothing is helping. It has gotten prgressively worse and worse over the course of four days. He had a lot of stress in his life two weeks ago. Don't know what else to do. He cannot sleep and lies awake all night.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had my cornea scratched twice. It feels like someone is taking sandpaper across your eyeball. It gave me agonizing headaches. I went to the emergency room and there they numbed my eye and used a black light and found the scratch. I know what he's goin' through and it sucks. Don't wait any longer.......Get up and go now. As for the shingles....I agree with the first response. Never heard of shingles in the head. Ask his doctor if he has ever heard of "foot in the @$$" Good Luck.

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