The Ultimate Guide to Roofing Installation

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It doesn’t take being a professional roofer to know when the roof has a leak. If you don’t take care of your home then it’s going to fall apart and that’s a no brainer really. You as a homeowner have a responsibility to repairs but if you don’t do them it’s your tenants or you who are going to suffer the consequences. Your choice really, but it’s going to be an expensive mistake!

Not everyone is an accomplished roofer or builder but knowing what roles the various parts of a roofing system play in protecting your home so you can detect problems early can be important to avoid being ripped off by dodgy builders. Even if you plan to hire a roofer, it’s important to understand the different sections of the roof from gutters, flashing, shingles and hollow soffit. For your materials, you need to know about the best plastic cladding suppliers available for what you need. As an addition to that, choosing a company that can supply the proper flat board building material that your roof requires is very important. It’s important to consider that the soffit can be easily exposed to moisture due to unkempt gutters and wet weather conditions.

We cannot control the rain but we can control what materials we use for the roof and it’s for this reason you should always choose vinyl to compose your soffit, since this material is both water-resistant and cost effective. Vinyl also saves you energy, because it helps regulate the temperature in your attic and therefore through the rest of your home which will save you money on your heating bills. When you start taking bids for a new roof installation, one decision you'll need to make is whether to have the old roof stripped down to the wood decking or simply cover the existing roof with a new layer of shingles. The difference in price will be considerable — homeowners often save 25 percent or more by opting for reroofing instead of a tear off — but is that a good decision? In any new roof, the weakest areas tend to be around chimneys and other protrusions, as well as in the valleys where two slopes meet.

When applying a second layer of shingles, the roofer needs to tear down to the flashing and determine whether to replace the original flashing or tie into it. Making the right decision on each of these points requires a roofer with both skill and experience at reroofing. Roofing fascia is another common area that can get damaged and may need to be repaired. The fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The primary role of the fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage that can occur during certain weather conditions.

Aside from the functional role of fascia, it plays a very important aesthetic role since it creates a smoother, more even appearance for the edge of the roof. In addition to protecting the wooden board from water damage, the fascia protects the entire roof and the interior of the house from weather damage by blocking its entrance to the home. The majority of homes will feature a fascia board, but some older home styles lack this component. If the fascia or soffit were to develop rot or show other signs of damage, it’s important to contact a roofer immediately to prevent exposing your home to damaging weather conditions because of lack of proper protection. Ensure you have these repairs in your budget at all times so you can make any emergency purchases or hiring as and when you need it.