Roof System Components: Structure

Roof structure

When most people visualize the roof, they only think of the roof covering like the shingles or tiles, but there is so much more to your roof. No materials would be able to go on without a proper roofing structure. Let’s look at what the roof structure is, the materials used, and different types used.


The roofing structure is essentially the frame that your roof will be constructed on. It is a series of trusses, beams, and rafters that give the roof its shape.

The most widely used material in the United States is lumber (wood). Wood has been used for centuries because it is easy to produce, plentiful, cheap, and strong.


The type of roofing structure on your home or commercial building is decided well before the construction of the building. It depends on the type of home, the roof covering to be used, and the architecture and/or style of the home. For example, many craftsman style homes will have medium pitched roofing, so they require a medium pitch. Regal style homes are steeply pitched.

The type of covering may also help decide what kind of roofing structure you have. Simple and lightweight materials like asphalt shingles won’t need a huge amount of support so the structure may be light. Heavier materials such as slate may require more reinforcement. Building code also helps determine what type of structure is needed. Is your home up to code? We can help you determine if it is.

Make sure that your home has a sound structure. To learn more about the right roof covering for your home, call Highland Residential & Commercial Roofing at 1 (888) 55-ROOFER. We serve all of North Carolina and are happy to help you with all your roofing needs.