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It's Time For A New Roof What Do You Choose?


Whether you're building a brand new home, or it’s simply time to replace your existing roof, what type is going to meet your needs and requirements? You have so many choices available from traditional asphalt shingles, fiberglass, tile, slate, cedar shakes, raised metal or steel seam and corrugated sheeting to name just a few, the options can be overwhelming.
The roof is one of the most important parts of your overall house construction. Being responsible for stability and most importantly, keeping the elements of nature out while at the same time providing dry cool living conditions inside. Your roofing system that you choose will only be as good as what lays underneath it.

You have to make sure that things like the sheathing are installed correctly. Allow for about an 1/8 inch gap between each piece because no matter if you use OSB or regular plywood, all wood will expand and contract according to the weather conditions.

Another important element in your roofs construction is the underlay that goes on the sheathing, between the sheathing and the shingles. Underlay basically comes in three different varieties; felt, synthetic and self-adhering ice-and-water barriers. Although the asphalt felt underlayment has been in use for over 50 years, the synthetic variety is the one that has provided all the excitement in the roofing industry. Made of blended synthetic materials, they provide for a much safer working environment then the traditional felt. Synthetic varieties are rip and tear resistant as well as being wrinkle free. They are much lighter then felt, so they are easy to maneuver into position.

Where you live, and the weather conditions that your roof will be subject to should also play a major roll in determining what type of roofing material will best suit your needs. If you’re in an area that goes through periods of strong winds like southern Florida or Chicago, then choosing a cedar shake may not be a viable alternative.

Something more like a residential metal roofing material would best serve to protect, and be able to stand up better. These new designs in metal shingles and sheet roofing have been made to mimick the look of slate, tile, and cedar shakes, but with a much easier installation process.

If you plan to save money and do your own roof installation, and you have little or no previous experience, there are some materials you’ll want to avoid. Tile and slate being the main products to stay away from. Although it is possible to install these types on your own, keep in mind that they tend to be very expensive, and all those little mistakes can add up to big expense.

For do-it-yourselfers, one type that is becoming more popular is the metal or aluminum shingle or panels. Either a raised or standing seam design, these system can be installed directly overtop your existing roof. They can come prefabricated from the manufacturer, or they can be made right on the job site. They are relatively easy to install because every piece is made to the exact measurements of your current roof. In addition, of course with no need to strip off the old roof, you’ll be able to save time and money in disposal costs.

Some residential developments have certain guidelines as to what type of roofing materials can be used. So be sure and find out what they are before you go out and purchase your new roof. Going online to help you get the proper information about all the different roofing materials that are available will also help you save a tremendous amount of time, money and energy.

A roof is one of those things which is not very exciting but if neglected will affect everything else in your house. You can have the most stylish, expensive, well planned, beautifully decorated interior but if your roof is not up to scratch it will mean nothing. A roof replacement cost of less than $5000 is unlikely unless your brother is a builder! Final costs will vary hugely of course, as with anything else, the type of roofing materials and products used will have a bearing on the price as will the size of your house and your requirements and specifications. Do not think though that the roof is the ideal place to cut corners because you will soon regret it when the elements are against you.


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Tegan
Posted 2105 days ago
Sometimes you can have too much choice. I find it confusing trying to decide which type of roofing to go for. It's such a big purchase that if you get it wrong you can't just take it back and exchange it, you are stuck with it.
Erich
Posted 2183 days ago
For me, our local building regulations are really frustrating. I want to be innovative and environmentally friendly and install copper roofing but the housing police have refused permission on the grounds that it will stand out too much from the neighbours but what about my freedom of choice.