The design and construction of a roof is one of the most important decisions you will ever make about your home or building.
If you are designing a new roof or doing a roof renovation or adding an extension you need the best information possible to make the right decision. Maybe you are interested in adding a rooftop garden or a green roof also known as a living roof.
Whatever your roofing needs, Roof Control are the experts you need to get the job done right.
A new roof is a major investment in your home or building so it pays to be knowledgeable about roofs. The kinds of things you want to think about when deciding on a new roof include roofing components, available roofing systems, and critical factors in choosing a roof.
Most all roofs whether flat or sloped have a roof covering such as shingles, metal, slate, or tile, some type of sheathing material including sheet material or boards, the roof structure including rafters and trusses, flashing which can be made of metal or other waterproof material which is installed to prevent water leakages, and a drainage system.
In choosing a roofing system, you want to pick products that will be both practical and durable, and attractive. The roofing system should also fit the architectural style of the building or the home.
Flat roofs can include a built up roof known as BUR, which is made with several layers of felt which is constructed from either polyester or elastomeric. BUR roofs are applied with hot torches or by pouring hot bitumen.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a form of rubber roofing that is also used for flat roofs. Liquid membrane roofing is also used with flat roofs and provides a seamless membrane that is tear resistant and water resistant. Affordability is also a major consideration in picking a roofing system.
Asphalt is a popular choice in roofing and is used in both flat and pitched roofs. Asphalt is also referred to as tarmac and is both durable and strong and a great weatherproofing material. Asphalt shingles are used on pitched roofs and usually come with reinforced with fiberglass.
You will likely different find fire resistant ratings for asphalt shingles based on any composite material or reinforcement adding to the asphalt. Wood shingles are also used in roofing and are typically made from cedar, pine, redwood, or other woods. Most wood shingles are not fire resistant unless a fire treatment has been added to the shingle.
Tile is a popular and durable roofing material. It is also attractive and comes in a variety of colours, designs, and finishes. Other roofing material includes slate, metal, and synthetic roofing products.
Make sure roof is well insulated and ventilated
Whatever roofing system you choose you want to make sure that the roof is well ventilated to ensure that moisture and heat don’t build up in the attic space. If an attic is ventilated properly it will cut down on the likelihood of roof or attic damage from moisture buildup.
Insulation is also key and will help with saving on energy use in the building or home. To ensure that you are getting the right roof for your home or building, talk to the experts at Roof Control who can discuss all your options.
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