The Basic Elements of a Roof


In today’s real estate market, there are many kinds of roofs depending with what the buyer wants or needs. Many residents are replacing their old worn out roofs with new and fresh ones. For most of these residents, it is all about beautifying their homes with new great designs. Nevertheless, they should also consider the safety aspect of these roofs. No one will be amused when his or her new roof starts to come off or collapses just a few days after installation. It cannot only be embarrassing but it could also cause injury to you and your family or guests. It will also lead to other expenses on top of what you paid the roof contractors who installed it.

Many roofing companies observe the highest standards and take precautions to make sure the roof is properly installed. However, it is important to look for a credible company instead of assuming that all of them will do the same job. One way to do that is to do research on the internet about prospective roofers before you can hire it. You can also choose to conduct an interview with a roofer and decide how credible he or she is. Ask for proof of past works the roofer has done. To get the most suitable roof services it is also good to consider the location, environment, maintenance and more importantly the cost. Regardless of the roof you will select, all types have several basic components, which are:

Structure- This includes the frame and the trusses and rafters that offer support for the decks.

Roof type- The type of roofing system you will be able to buy will largely depend on your existing roofing system.

Underlayment- They are sheets of materials saturated with asphalt, and serve as a second protection layer for the roof deck.

Roofing pitch- Pitch is the measure of the steepness of a roof, and is sometimes called the slope. Roofing pitch is a major factor in deciding what time of material you should use to ensure you have a solid and durable roof. A steeper roof is more durable since it has better drainage capabilities.

Decking- Also known as sheathing, is the process of fastening sheets of materials or boards to roof rafters to provide cover for the house.

Flashing- This is the process of laying sheet metal into the different valleys and joists of a roof to make it watertight.

Roofing cover- This is the use of material such as tiles and shingles to guard the decking against weather elements. It is often the first layer of protection in any roofing system.

Drainage- Any roof has to have drainage features such as slopes to be functional.


Source by Kumar Tarun Sharma