The Process of Roofing a House

Roofing a house is a large and complicated process. You must first determine whether it can be repaired or replaced. Then you must select a roofing type, which involves understanding the options and the differences between them. Next, the old components must be removed and the new ones installed. This is labor-intensive and requires great skill, and few people are skilled enough to try it on their own.

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Why Roofing a House Is Important
A roof is very important to the structural well-being of your home. It protects the internal tresses and structural beams from outdoor elements, such as sun and rain, while keeping heated and cooled air inside – and critters and bugs outside. In addition to being functional, it can also be aesthetically pleasing or appealing. Ceramic tiles can give your house a Spanish or Mediterranean feel, while wood shakes can provide you with a rustic or outdoorsy feel.

Different Types of Products
When roofing a house, one of the biggest decisions you will need to make is the type of material to use. Each one has distinct advantages and disadvantages.
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Metal sheeting
  • Wood and synthetic wood shakes and shingles
  • Composite shingles and tiles
  • Concrete or cement shingles and tiles
  • Ceramic and clay tiles
  • Slate and fake slate tiles

Factors to Consider When Roofing a House
  • Price. The price can range quite extensively based on the material you select. Keep both the material cost in mind, as well as the installation cost.
  • Lifespan. The lifespan can range anywhere from 20 years to more than 50 years. Knowing the lifespan of the products you are thinking about can help you evaluate the costs now and in the future.
  • Aesthetic appeal. You will have to live with the roof for decades, so it’s important that you like it. Consider the color and style and if it fits in well with your home type and neighborhood.
  • Outdoor conditions. Some materials do well in cold climates and others better in hot. Take into account the conditions in your location and see which products will hold up best given those conditions.
  • Installation process. The installation process varies depending on the product you select. Determine the installation time and costs.
  • Maintenance and upkeep. Some types are relatively maintenance-free, while others require cleaning and yearly evaluations. Consider the amount of maintenance that is required and what the yearly costs may be.

Consulting with a roof contractor will give you the knowledge you need to make a good decision for your dwelling.

The Process of Roofing a House
The process requires someone who is physically able to do labor work; is knowledgeable regarding roofing products; and is skilled and experienced in building the structure. If one step is incorrectly completed, the roof may fail, need to be repaired, or need to be redone.

The first step in the process is to remove all of the old materials. This includes shingles, shakes or tiles; nails or glue; and any membrane or flashing that is being replaced. The key to this step is removing everything without damaging the deck or sheathing.

The second step is to install new flashing. Flashing is designed to keep water out of cracks or openings, so it must be placed in the correct position and fitted tightly and securely. Once completed, the membrane or waterproofing product can be laid on the flat surfaces. They key to this is to ensure it covers the entire sheathing or deck, while also being air tight and flat, with no bubbles or air pockets.

Lastly, the new shingles, shakes or tiles are laid. This process varies based on the materials used, but the key to this step is ensuring everything is properly laid and spaced, so that every inch of the structure is covered and protected now and in the future.

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