The most common category of roof is wooden. Wooden roofs are mostly used for domestic buildings such as homes and farmhouses. The roof is framed by timber and the covering materials depend of factors such as the climate conditions of the area, building regulation and cost and the preference of the building owner. There are two basic choices for wooden roofs: flat roof or hip roof. A wooden roof costs less to construct compared to concrete and steel, but has disadvantages that should be considered. A wooden roof has a great inability to resist fire, wind and insect damage when the wood is not treated with protective chemicals and coverings.
The shape of the building is another factor in deciding the roofing material. Buildings that are circular or irregularly shaped tend to require more materials for the construction than buildings with traditional square or rectangular shaped frames. For this reason, buildings or homes with circular or irregular shapes require a lot of adjustment in order to accommodate the waste and excess materials that are involved in the construction.
The types of roof, hip roofs and flat roofs, must also be determined. Flat roof construction is relatively inexpensive to construct compared to the hip roof. However, hip roofs are recommended for domestic buildings because of the advantages it can offer. The type of roof you choose is very instrumental in figuring the overall cost of the roof construction project.
There are a wide variety of roofing materials that you can choose for your new roof. These materials are used to cover the roof and will be the barrier against the elements. Timber, slates, tiles, aluminum sheet and zinc sheet are the most widely used roofing materials. The covering material you choose will depend greatly on the budget constrains you have for the project and the climate conditions of the area, as well as the building regulations that may be in place in your city, town or neighborhood. All of these conditions will play a role in figuring what type of roofing material should be used for your project.
Now that you have made the aesthetic and financial decisions regarding your new roof, estimate the amount of wood that is required for the roof frame. An experienced carpenter or contractor can help. Find the right roofing contractor for you by looking at total project cost, experience, recommendations and whether the company is licensed and insured. Enjoy your new roof!