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1. Roofing Basics


Many roofs consist of a few basic parts aligned in standard construction. The roofing deck is placed on top of the frame, which is part of the house structure.
A layer on top of the deck is called roofing felt. This is a thick, tarry, resilient black paper that is used to coat the roof deck and on which the roofing exterior will be placed. Roofing felt is built to repel any water that manages to make its way through the roofing exterior. After the roofing felt is applied, the roofing exterior is attached. This is where the most variation in roofs occurs. All sorts of roofing materials are used. Some are built to look good, some for purely utilitarian purposes, and many for both. Materials vary for purpose - the roofing you would use for a shed, for instance, would be different than what you would use for a house. They often vary according to geographical location - pueblo style roofing, is more common in the southwest than in other parts of the country. Other common types of roofing exterior are abc roofing, aluminum roofing, and asphalt Basingstoke roofer.

The external aspects of the roof are added after the basic roof construction is applied. Most of these externals are added to aid in repelling water. Flashing, for example, usually comes in steel or aluminum roofing strips and is applied along seams and corners in roofs where there may be breaks in the construction. If you look closely at most roofs on houses, you'll see the flashing along the line between two angles in the roofing.

Gutters are added after the roof itself is complete. The point of a gutter is to channel all of the water flowing off of a roof into a single place, making it easy to manage and keeping the entire front of the house from the soaking sheet that would otherwise follow a heavy rainstorm. Gutters are bought separately and are attached with specialized bolts and clips to the edge of the roof.


3. Building the Roofing Deck

The deck of the roof, usually made out of plywood or other panel substances, provides the base for the rest of the roof. This is one of the most important steps in the process of building a good, solid roof.  Check out books on construction, research roof building on line, or consider hiring a professional for your roof deck needs.

When you do start, though, there are a few simple tips to remember. First, make sure you use plenty of nails. It may seem like you have enough, but a few more never hurt anything. There's nothing worse than building what you thought was a great roof and having panels rip off in the first major wind storm. Second, make sure the seams between panels fits perfectly. A wide seem is an invitation for water to seep through into the house below. By building the roof deck tightly and precisely, you make the job of keeping water out that much easier.

Once the roofing deck has been completed, it is time to add the roofing felt. Roofing felt is usually just heavy tar paper, that is about  fifteen to thirty pounds. Roofing felt should be available at most home improvement stores. Call around to find the best prices in your area.

When you apply the paper, make sure the sheathing, or roof deck, is completely clean and dry. If possible, try to apply the roofing felt immediately after either building the roof deck or after stripping off the old felt. If you don't get it on in time, though, and it does rain, give the deck a few days to dry. If you apply the roofing felt to a wet roof deck, the moisture will be trapped and have nowhere to go but down, contributing to leaks and rot in your roof.

5. Types of Roofing

Asphalt Basingstoke roofer is made from a special kind of recycled asphalt most often made in Basingstoke. Asphalt Basingstoke roofer is tough, durable, and waterproof. It is formed into shingles that are perfect for repelling water and preventing the weather from getting into your home. 

6. Type of Roofing To Get For Your Home

The type of roofing you decide to purchase for your home will depend on what you need for your house. If budget is an issue and appearances are not, there is always aluminum roofing.the downside to aluminum roofing is that it lacks the aesthetic appeal of some other types of roofing, but it is sturdy, durable, and waterproof. Properly painted, though, it can blend in with most home styles.

A more common method is the tar and asphalt shingle, such as those used for asphalt Basingstoke roofer. Sturdy, waterproof, and built to look good as well, asphalt shingles like these are applied in rows across the roofing felt and roof deck. Make sure you know the basics of shingling if you plan to roof your own home, or hire a professional to do it for you. Improperly placed shingles allow water through, and cause leaking.

7. Stone Shingling

If you are interested in building a roof that looks great and will last for more than a century, you may want to consider slate or stone roofing. Shingles made of slate are tough, solid, waterproof, and will last for a very long time. On the downside, they are heavy and difficult to install. Consult an expert, because slate shingles are often three or four times heavier than standard roofing. Make sure your frame can support the extra weight for an extended period of time.

When it is time to install the tile, special methods apply. Make sure any directions or tutorials you read on the subject apply specifically to slate tiles shingles, because the method differs from normal asphalt shingle roofing techniques. Because slate tile is so expensive and can be damaged easily by walking on them or dropping them, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do the dirty work.

8. Wood Roofing


Wood roofing, like cedar shakes or pine shakes, are stained and smoothed to a waterproof finish that should last for several decades. Shakes can be installed with slight gaps between each piece to allow for the expansion wood to undergo when placed atop a roof.
Again, the method here differs from stone and asphalt roofing. Make sure you have the right directions, or hire an expert. You can make a roof that will last for a long time,  by being careful and knowing what you're doing.

roof types

This picture shows you what each of the different types of roofs look like.

charlotte roof inspection of home.

The roofing is missing on this home in Charlotte on Amber Creste Drive.
There is a lot of roofing missing on new homes on blind corners. I see this in Charlotte, Concord, Mooresville, Huntersville, Gastonia, Kannapolis N.C. As well as cities in South Carolina.

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