Rethink Your Roof Strategy

Published | 04-09-2020

Mitigate Your Investment Risk with a Sturdy Cover Board

When investing money into your property portfolio, staying aware of potential pitfalls can have a major financial impact. As a building’s owner, you’re understandably focused on its long-term viability.

Some risks may be unavoidable, but others can be drastically reduced by taking small actions early on to strategize against the odds. Nowhere can a structural investment go south more quickly than with inadequate roofing. Whether constructing a completely new building or taking on an existing structure, issues caused by poor roofing design can quickly push your budget through (you guessed it) the roof.

Nobody would expect you to keep track of all design- and material-related aspects of your asset protection strategy—that’s what you hire the experts for. We can provide the knowledge and context needed to make more strategic roofing design and repair decisions. Elevating your roofing strategy starts with two words: cover boards. Even if you plan to own a building for a long time or turn around and sell it, cover boards are a reliable way to add comprehensive durability and long-term damage resistance to the roofing assembly.

Vital Coverage When You Need It

Sure, you want the best roof assembly design from your roofing consultant at the lowest possible cost. But if you’re not careful, you may sacrifice important quality considerations without realizing what you’re giving up. When preparing the best roof assembly design for your building’s specific needs (including occupant assets and climate conditions), the consultant will most likely create a design that includes a high-performance rigid cover board.

What is it and why does it matter?

A cover board is a sturdy substrate attached beneath the roof membrane for added support to help maintain structural integrity and protect the insulation, which is the most expensive material to replace. But added doesn’t mean unnecessary. Roofing assemblies that include a high-performance cover board also reduce the risk of damage from a variety of sources, such as fire, moisture, wind, and impact (hail, heavy foot traffic, hefty equipment, and more).

Yet, too often, the cover board gets removed from the final design and proposal to save cost.

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What to Watch For

If saving initial costs is the highest priority, the consultant’s meticulously prepared design based on quality performance can become significantly degraded. Too often, a high-performance material component gets substituted for a lower-quality one to trim the budget, or the cover board is value-engineer out of the plans completely—all to lower the initial cost. These are red flags. It’s important for everyone involved to know that the ultimate goal of your roof design and construction is optimal performance above cost-cutting measures.

Without a cover board, the membrane is not as well-bonded to the assembly, potentially leaving both the membrane and insulation exposed to possible damage from wind pressure, puncture, cracking, delamination, and more. If such damage does occur, you’re looking at costly maintenance and repair or potential re-roofing of the entire building.

Keeping costs low is always a priority but deciding against including a cover board in your roof assembly is choosing to leave out an integral part of your building’s self-defense. It’s time to start rethinking your roofing strategy with DensDeck® Prime Roof Board in mind. For more information on how our cover board can help keep your investment protected, visit

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Want to learn more about cover boards? Have a new roof construction project? Need assistance on a roof remodel?


Want to learn more about cover boards? Have a new roof construction project? Need assistance on a roof remodel?