Roof construction can be a big process. It takes quite a while to build out a roof and there are several factors to take in to consideration when deciding on how your roof will look and function. When you are ready to have a roof installed, factors such as location, climate and weather conditions need to be thought of. This will, in turn, determine what kind of pitch a roof has and what sort of materials are used to build your roof out. Having the right kind of roof, for your specific building, is imperative.
Choosing a Roofing Style
The first step to consider when having a roof built is the style that you want your roof built in. The two most common roofing styles are gabled or flat. Generally speaking, if your house is in an area that experiences heavy rainfall or inclement weather conditions, a gabled roof is suggested; as this will help to drain water off the roof. If you live in an area where rainfall isn’t as prevalent, a flat roof can be built. Flat roofs still have drainage built in, but this drainage is not as good as with a pitched roof.
The next step, after you’ve decided on the roof style, is to choose which materials your roof will be made from. Again, this decision should rest on a number of factors; among them: weather conditions and the style of your home. If you live in a hot area, metal roofing can do a very good job of reflecting the sun and keeping your home cool. If your home is being built in the Spanish style, ceramic roof tiles are a great option as they are durable, weather resistant, and will fit in with the aesthetic of your home.
After the roof is constructed, but before it is shingled, underlayment needs to be laid down. The main purpose of having underlayment installed is to waterproof your roof and protect it from leaks. Underlayment is commonly made from two different types of materials. The most common underlayment used today is roofing felt. In the past, the most common underlayment was tar paper. The difference being that tar paper is tar based and roofing felt is asphalt based. Both materials do a fantastic job of waterproofing and whichever you choose to use will be determined by budget.
The final step in the roofing process is to install the actual shingles or tiles. These materials make up the bulk of the roof and are the things that actually give a top coating, to protect against water, sunlight and other outside forces. Shingles and tiles are designed so that water will slide down them and off your roof. They are made up of multiple layers, with sealant in between, so that an effective seal is created. This ensure that water will not get in between the shingles or tiles and in to your home. If you need shingling or tiling done, we are here for you!