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Most Overlooked Facts About Residential Roofing

The basic structure of a home can usually be completed in less than a month, depending on the size and complexity of the structure. While the skeleton of a home, what professionals refer to as the frame, usually goes up quite quickly, it is not until the structure of a roof is in place until a house really starts to look like a home. As with any building, the roof is a very important part of your home as it provides structural strength and will eventually shield your family and belongings from whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way.

Not surprisingly, homeowners take this seriously. Whether you are constructing a new house or replacing your old roof after years of living in a home, there are a wide range of systems available to you. So, what kind of system should you choose for your house? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question, and many factors should be carefully considered before you decide what kind of roof to build. In most cases, you should speak to a professional roofing contractor to determine the best system with respect to the function of the roof and how it will match the style of your home, but also with respect to your budget.

Actually, cost is often the main factor that determines the roofing system on residential and commercial properties. Moreover, there are a heap of factors that can impact the cost of a new roof. The price of the material is an obvious factor, but also the condition of your existing roof, the shape, and the number of fixtures (chimneys, skylights, turrets, etc.) will impact your bottom line. For example, if an old roof needs to be removed entirely, this will increase your cost as will a roof with multiple pitches or breaks. Nevertheless, regardless of your budget, you can usually work with a roofing expert to determine a roof that will be safe and durable.

Beyond cost, most choices of roofing systems will come down to the materials. Throughout North America, many homes feature asphalt shingles, wood or shake shingles, metal materials, tile, or even slate roofing materials. The cost for each of these systems will vary, and depending on the climate in your region, each system offers various benefits.

Asphalt Shingles are by far the most commonly used roofing materials because they are inexpensive, easy to install, and provide excellent protection. Wood roofs were the material of choices for centuries, and wood still makes for excellent roofing systems. Cedar, redwood, and southern pine are great choices for wood shingles, and for an attractive roof. Unfortunately, in some regions, fire codes prohibit the use of wood roofing shingles.

Metal roofs are usually constructed from aluminum, steel, or copper and are a great option for durable, fire resistant roofing systems. On the other hand, metal roofs are generally more expensive than asphalt or wood roofs. Tile roofs are popular because of their Spanish Colonial styling. These roofs are durable, but expensive and heavy. Slate is becoming a very popular option because these roofing systems are extremely durable. While heavy and expensive, slate roofs can last a lifetime.

Hiring an Efficient Residential Roofing Contractor

Is your roof worn out? Are you planning to put a new roof for your home? Does your roof require repair? In either the case, it is very important to hire an efficient and experienced roofing contractor, if you want your roof with long shelf life. If you are planning to hire a residential roofing contractor, here are a few tips which will help you in making a right decision.

  1. The first and foremost thing to look after while hiring a roofing contractor is to check for how long they are in this business and what is their reputation in the market. For instance, if you are hiring a contractor with not much experience or who just started the business, then you may end up with low quality roof and he may be out of the business by the time your roof starts to show problems. In general an average start-up contractor may close his business within 3 years of starting it. So, never risk the safety of your family with a new entrant.
  1. Make sure that the contractor you are hiring meets the basic requirements to start the business and has the required license in the respective region. You can get this information from the licensing board of your respective state.
  1. Always get the details of the contract proposal including the estimated amount for repairs or roofing in writing on their letterhead and document them properly. This will serve as the proof for the contract you made with him, in case if he changes his claims later.
  1. Check whether the contractor assigns his work on contract basis to other contractors. If yes, stop the business with him and approach a new roofing contractor. This is because the subcontractors are paid a very small amount based on the work done and this may lead to poor workmanship as he tends to complete the project faster and start with a new project at the earliest.
  1. Make sure that the new roof which will be installed by the contractor is approved by the roofing manufacturer and meets all the requirements and covers warranty.
  1. Ask his previous clients list and try to contact them. Ask about the services rendered by the contractor and about the condition of the roof installed. You will get a lot of information from them like the quality of work, amount charged for the work done and behavior of the contractor when the clients raised complaints regarding the roof etc. You will also come to know about the workmen and their mode of work.
  1. Verify whether the roofing contractor you are planning to hire is a certified installer of the products you are planning to install.
  1. Make sure that the contractor provides emergency services, if the need arises.
  1. Last but not the least, check whether the contractor has a permanent office address, phone number, mail id and also check if he is registered with workplace safety and insurance company or not.

Residential Roofing-Things To Know

There are a lot of different types of residential roofing material available for residential units. Some are more common than others and some are cheaper than others. Some work better on different types of roof shapes than others do.

A common roof type is the flat roof. These will generally be in an area that has little or no snowfall because the roof would hold all the snow and might collapse under the weight of it. This type of roof has a couple of residential roofing materials. One of them is called a tar and gravel roof. There will not be any shingles on this type of roof because shingles are not a good choice for a flat roof as they just lie there in layers waiting for rain to pond on them.

Basically a flat roofing material is a base material with some coating on it. A tar and gravel roof will have layers of asphalt and tar paper that are attached to the roof with a hot asphalt application. They are covered with gravel to hold them down and prevent penetration from the suns UV rays.

There are other forms of flat roof applications that may be made from PVC or other plastic forms. They may also be modified bitumen. This is a roof covering composed of a factory fabricated sheet with copolymer- modified bitumen. And bitumen is a mixture of hydrocarbons and others that are natural or derived from coal or petroleum and are a component of asphalt and tar.

Flat roofs generally have a rolled covering where the integrity of it depends on the application by the installer. The seams of the roofing material rolls are attached or overlaid with different types of applications to hold it together.

A green roof is also a possibility for a flat roof. But before this type of roof is installed you have to insure the structure of the building can hold its weight. This is basically a roof covered with a protective covering, a planting medium and then vegetation.

Flat roofs have the best chance for leaking because there are often low spots and the water ponds on these low spots and sits. As the water sits on the roof it sinks in and causes leaks. The same happens when gravel blows off exposing the base material to the elements. There are several residential roofing choices available for a flat roof.