Ready to Raise the Roof?

Ready to Raise the Roof?

Jun 23
Ready to Raise the Roof?

Perhaps you’ve noticed more leaks than usual. Are there missing shingles, buckling or other signs that something’s not right? Ideally, you should give your roof a checkup once a year. Although many roofs can last up to 20 years, the lifetime of your house’s roof will be affected by the climate and environment where your house was built. The materials and quality of the original work also be a factor in the roof’s durability.


Hiring A Professional, Or DIY Project?

Replacing a roof is not a task to be taken on by the faint of heart. There will be hard labour involved. Removing the old roof can be a particularly time consuming and strenuous task. In some situations you may be able to apply the new roof over top of the existing one. As with any home construction project, be sure and check with your local building inspector before starting any work. Roofing over an existing roof is not allowed in some areas.

If you are comfortable working with hammers and ladders and not afraid of heights, a DIY roof may be an option. It may save you some cash. Many building stores can offer advice and materials should you decide to take the DIY path. The internet has countless home renovation sites and YouTube videos that demonstrate techniques that may be of help.


Roofing Materials: A Variety of Options Available

Most roofs are made with shingles. Wooden, metal or asphalt shingles are very common. More expensive by far are ceramic shingles or those made from slate or other kinds of stone. Their high cost initially is perhaps offset by their durability. In some cases, slate shingles can last up to 100 years before they need to be replaced. The metal roofing, Athens Ga contractor Mercer & Sons Roofing installs is rated to last 50+ years.

There is an interest in roofing materials that are sustainable and also those that incorporate solar panels into their design. While rare in North America, thatched roofs made from straw or even sea grass have been used for centuries to provide protection from the elements. “Green roofs” are true to their name, being made from sod and cut turf.


Roof Design, Construction and Support

The design and shape that a roof takes often depends in great part on the conditions that it will be expected to endure. Roofs can be entirely flat or steeply pitched. In rare cases (such as a barn) a roof may be dome-shaped or arched. Custom-built houses exhibit a wide variety of shapes and support systems that are intended to compliment the homebuilder’s design choices.


Other Considerations

A roof not only affords protection from the elements but also can absorb or repel water and heat. You will need to carefully consider how much insulation your house needs. The roof itself may provide adequate insulation depending on the climate where you live. Alternatively, extreme environments will require that additional insulation be incorporated into the roof’s design.

Drainage is another issue that will affect the design and materials you choose when constructing your roof. Areas that experience high levels of precipitation will also need to make use of eaves and gutters to draw excess water off the roof and prevent damage. Take the time to do a bit of roof research. It’s likely to pay off in the end. If you decide to go with a professional roofing contractor, look no further than