A house is a roof over your head both literally and figuratively. Therefore you've got to ensure that your roof is constructed properly - you can't tolerate any slipshod work over here, nor can you cut costs by cutting corners. This caveat holds true for the contractor if the building work was contracted out.
Let's take a look at the bill of materials.
If you plan on building the roof yourself you must know what materials to buy and how much of each will be required. It is better to buy a bit more than calculated rather than buy the exact amount and find that the material has fallen short. This means not just an extra trip to the supply store but also the tension of breaking the work schedule, and maybe a problem with the budgeting. Go to a store which does a lot of business. They will be able to give you a fairly good estimate of the quantity you will need. Even if you shop online, they will have a helpline service which you can contact for help in making quantity estimates. Some of the commoner roofing materials are: asphalt, stone, slate, clay tile, wood shingles, steel or metal, composite materials and plastics.
The actual material needed will depend on the existing roofing material and its construction, if you're renovating. Asphalt shingles will need to be replaced with the same because clay or slate will overload the structure. Overloading the existing structure may lead to structural failure, even to the point of collapse. Reinforcing the structure will mean unnecessary expense of time and money.
In any case asphalt shingles are very good. They are durable and economical in the long run. There is a small problem in using asphalt shingles. They tend to crack when exposed to extremes of heat and cold.
In case you are not working on an existing roof means that you are at liberty to do almost pretty much what you please. The greater liberty brings with it a commensurately greater responsibility. The decisions you make now will affect the structure and longevity of the house.
The beauty and appearance of the house is important. But you should not place too much importance on the appearance of the building when selecting building materials. You should give equal importance to other factors too, especially climate. A house designed for a warmer climate will not last very long in a harsh cold climate. You will have to beef up the insulation to make the house tolerate the extreme cold.
Newer construction materials like metal, plastic, and composites give you the advantage of lighter weight and greater durability than traditional roofing materials. It is worth exploring the applicability of these materials in your roofing project.
To summarize, the prime roofing commandment is: Thou shalt use only top quality material for the roof! Neglect of the prime roofing commandment will lead to frequent roof repair jobs. Seepage from the roof can affect the integrity of the supporting walls, indicating more repairs, more expenses. A damp house is also responsible for the health problems of its inmates. So take care to select and use only the best quality material for the roof of your house!
Asphalt roofing shingles
remain the most familiar selection for home roofs, although wood and metal are gaining in familiarity. Visit www.roofing-information.com to learn more about your roofing selections. Choosing the correct roofing material
can be the difference between a roof that lasts, and one that needs constant repair.