What are the basics of roofing?

What are the basics of roofing?

The roof is one of the most essential parts of your construction, regardless of whether the building is for residential or commercial purpose. A good roof can add infinite aesthetic value to your structure, while a bad one can not only make it an eyesore in the neighbourhood but also lower the worth of the building. It is, therefore, essential that you get it right in terms of both the choice of roof cover and the workmanship. To achieve an impressive roof that will literally turn heads and even justify the extra levy on rent, one must consider the following:

Durability: A durable roof is rustproof, leak-proof, algae and fungi resistant and does not fade with time. Ensure you select a material with a lifespan of 30 years and insist on viewing previous works that have used the same material to test them on these criteria.

Variety: You want to have various options to choose from. You need to strike a perfect colour match between the roof and the gable wall as well as your neighbouring buildings and surroundings. For example, if your building is surrounded by trees and plants and is in a generally green area, you might consider going for a forest green colour of stone coated metal roof tiles.

Similarly, if all buildings around you are roofed with cool colours then you don’t want to use a screaming colour, as it will look out of place.

Eco-friendliness: Ensure your choice of material reduces the use of timber. For example, stone coated metal roofing uses 40 percent less timber than clay or concrete tiles. Where possible, go for steel trusses. Again, the material should be right to enable you to harvest water from the roof.

Installation and performance: Select a material that is easy to install and guarantees against leakage. Materials installed in a manner that they interlock will generally be leak proof. Also, materials that cover a larger surface area per piece tend to reduce on the number of joints on your roof, thus reducing the likelihood of leakage. These also reduce the number of materials required as less is wasted on overlaps. Most stone coated metal tiles meet these criteria.

Source: www.standardmedia.co.ke