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Roofing a House

Dedicated to flat roof repair and the many roofing varieties.

The roof on a house can be one of the most important elements in terms of weather protection and temperature control. It is therefore important to ensure that it is well constructed and well maintained. However as well as protection the roof of a property can also be an attractive feature which adds to the character.  Roofing a house can be a big job and whether constructing a new roof or replacing an existing one there are a number of things to consider.

The first step in roofing a house is usually deciding on the style. There are a couple of basic shapes that are used and these are gabled and hipped. A gabled roof creates the distinctive triangle shape on two sides of the property with eaves on the other two. A hipped roof is a style where all sides of the roof slope down to the top of the wall creating eaves on all four sides of the building. While the basic gabled or hipped styles are used on most properties, they can be used to produce a range of architectural styles. Over the years a number of roof styles have been developed such as Ranch, Victorian, Prairie and Colonial, to name a few. However these are generally more common styles used for larger properties and for smaller properties a basic hipped or gabled roof can be the best option.

Once the design of the roof has been decided, the next step in roofing a house tends to be deciding on the type of material to be used. There are a number of options for this and the choice will generally come down to cost and the appearance you are trying to create for your home. Asphalt shingles tend to be the most common option and these are one of the more affordable choices on the market. These come in a variety of colors and are usually good for 20 to 30 years. However, these days there are a range of roofing materials available and some of these can include, amongst others, wood shake/shingles, fiberglass shingles, slate tiles, ceramic tiles and even metal roofing. Typically it is best to choose a material that blends in with the neighborhood in which your property is situated. If you are constructing a new property having a look around the area where it will be situated can be a good idea to check out the roofing materials commonly used.

Roofing a house will also include a few other considerations and some of the details will include the number and location of skylights. This can provide some light for the attic area of a home and also provide access onto the roof from inside the property. It is also important to consider the drainage to ensure that water is effectively cleared from the roof. Problems with water can cause damage to a roof and also to the remainder of the property if it gets in through the roof. Insulation is also an important consideration for the roof area as much of the heat loss from a property can be through the roof. Insulation can be best installed when the roof is being constructed so is worth considering at this stage.

The roof of a home is its main protection against the worst of the weather and it is therefore important that it is both constructed and maintained properly. An attractive roof can also help to enhance the appearance of a home. Roofing a house is therefore an important consideration and taking time to decide on a style and material that is appropriate for the location will help to ensure your home is well protected and looks good.