When deciding whether to inspect your roof, do a repair, or walk on your roof for any other reason, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety. These safety procedures are often overlooked, causing accidents that can affect a person and their family for years to come. However, if you invest just a small amount of time in the Sayers area educating yourself of the potential dangers of your roof, you may avoid these incidents all together.
Homeowners seldom think about the roof over their heads until they encounter a roof leak problem. Then the question always comes up: should they get a tear-off (roof replacement) or just get a shingle overlay that just covers over the old roofing? A roof is comprised of four elements: the main roof, the eaves, the fascia board and the gutter. A house without eaves can cause as much water damage as a house without a roof
Metal roof is the best choice for houses that are situated in places which experience heavy snowfall. The metal roof does not allow the snow to settle down on it and it slides down easily. Thus it prevents roof damage or collapse due to the weight of snow. It is also suitable in many other situations. So in case you are considering getting a metal roof for your home then, you need to know many things about a metal roof before deciding to install it.
Modern looking metal roofs come in wide array of shapes, styles and colors. It is important for you to be acquainted and familiar with the different varieties available in the market. In such case you will easily be able to choose the best possible metal roof for your home.
To start with, let us discuss the type of metal used in the metal roof. Though the most common type of metal used is steel but you can also opt for other variations. Metals roofs are available in aluminum, stainless steel, copper and many other alloys of metals. Amongst these options, copper, stainless steel and meal alloys are quite expensive. But people still seem to prefer them because they are have a very natural look, have high durability and resistant to dents and scratches. You have a lot of options in terms of cost, materials and looks. So keep your budget in mind when you want to determine what kind of material you are choosing and how it should look.
The tip for sound proofing is to make sure that the surface is super smooth. It also provides excellent insulation. This will ensure that your roof has along life. Insulation also decreases the level of that irritating noise created by rainfall and hail fall on the metal roof. Apart from this, it also makes your home more efficient in terms of energy conservation.
Whatever metal for roof or the method of underplayment you choose, take utmost care of fastening system for installation. Due to natural phenomena, metal roof tends to expand during summer and contract during winters. This may result in under quality products of fasteners to come loose and may even come off. So choose the right kind of fasteners for your meal roof to ensure the best results.
Roofing shingles come in many different styles, shapes, colors and patterns. But every roof has but three basic shingle (or tile) types. This article explains the three basic types of shingles and tiles which are produced. We're not talking about specific products here, simply the types of each product.
Starters Shingles and Starter Tiles
Starter shingles are, as their name implies, the starting shingles of a Roof System. They are installed on top of the Drip Edge/Rake Edge and on top of the Leak Barriers and begin the overlapping pattern for the remainder of Shingles (or tiles) on the roof. Simply put: One single row of starter shingles is installed everywhere your roof ends, ie: in the same areas as with Metal Drip Edge and Rake Edge.
As with every other part of a Roof System, different types of starter shingles are offered by many different manufacturers. Fortunately for you, you don't need to select what type of starter shingle to use on your roof, because the manufacturer of the Field Shingle you chose chooses for you. As long as your Roofing Contractor follows the manufacturers recommendations when selecting starter shingles, you're in good hands.
A note of interest: starter shingles set the beginning pace for the rest of the Shingles on your roof. If the starter shingles are installed straight, then the installation technician will be off to a good start. Also, starter shingles usually need to be installed off set from the remaining Shingles on your Roof System to allow for a proper overlap of the remaining shingles or tiles.
The final touch. Ridge Shingles are to your roof like a picture frame is to a picture. What kind of frame did they put around the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? I'll bet you it wasn't purchased at Wal-Mart... And what a difference it makes to have a good quality ridge shingle installed. The bottom line is, visually appealing Roof Systems include visually appealing ridge shingles.
If you are not concerned with the visual appeal of your Roof System, then save a buck and use a standard cut shingle for your ridge caps. If however you'd like your house to look more like your castle...use a definitive edge ridge shingle such as an IKO Ultra Hip or a GAF/Elk z-ridge. The price difference between a regular ridge shingle and a more visually appealing ridge shingle on a standard home is around $400 - $800.
Important note: Higher quality ridge shingles typically require special installation procedures when installed. It may be wise to mention this to whoever you choose to install your roof. Ridge shingles are located at areas of your roof most vulnerable to wind damage and therefore subject blowing off if they are not installed properly. Ask your roofing contractor what sort of Special Installations are required for installing high quality ridge shingles.