A roof is the most functional part of a house, yet it proves ineffable at times. When you want to liken it to the human body, how do you describe it? Is it the hair or the head? Perhaps, the hat you wear? In fact, it could pass as an umbrella.
The definition, now, seems irrelevant. The more pertinent question is, “Does it do its job?” “Do I have a choice?” questions. Although going by the basic functionality, the roof is the covering of the uppermost part of a building and it provides protection from adverse natural or man-made elements. Let’s find out the solutions to some of these.
Only observant people will take time to observe the different styles of roofing systems and designs we have available. What material is being used? How can it be installed? Let’s find out.
Slate roofs come in a variety of sizes, colors, and thicknesses. They are flexible and will conveniently fit any architectural style you have in mind. Slate is a natural product that is mined or quarried from the earth and then cut and reworked into tiles for roofing. Because of the heaviness, it is strongly recommended that a professional is contacted.
This serves as the most common type of roofing material. Asphalt shingles can be used in any house and is a great value for the money. Even if your budget is constrained, speak to a professional home decorator, you will definitely get something good. Asphalt shingles are also fire resistant and easy to repair. There are two types of asphalt shingles: Fiberglass shingles and organic shingles.
Metal roofing has begun to give asphalt shingles a run for its money in modern time. Yes, this is due to their durability, eco-friendliness, resistance to fire, insects and rot and their longer warranties. They can be manufactured in the regular roof style or worked to look like shingles, shakes, and tiles and is quite easy to install. If you are particular about aesthetics and style, let’s go for metal roofing!
Tile roofing, be it clay tile or concrete tiles, can work with almost any style of home. It comes in all kinds of colors and styles. They are low maintenance and very durable and last for a very long time. They are quite expensive but their durability and lifespan make up for this.
A little roof care or maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your roof and keeping it functioning well. Homeowners can help prevent costly repairs in the long term by following these simple roof care tips.
1. Keep tree limbs and bushes trimmed so that they do not touch your roof and damage it. 2. Remove any branches, leaves, or debris that settles on your roof after a storm. 3. Moss and algae growing on your roof can trap moisture which will compromise the durability of the roof. Once you’ve noticed algae, moss, or mildew forming on your roof, call in roofing professionals who can properly remove them. 4. When installing equipment on the roof such as a satellite dish, vents, or a chimney, inspect the work to ensure that the roof seal is maintained and that any flashing is properly installed.
While these simple care tips are helpful, an in-depth inspection should be performed annually by a roofing professional.
The roof is often times the most visible part of the house from the street. With that in mind, the appearance of a roof material will often affect the look of a home. The color and type of roofing material used should complement the exterior finish and style of the house.
Mold is a fungus that grows on areas that are dark, wet and humid. Often times in the home, they grow on walls, flooring and on roofs. Mold on a roof develops as a result of improper drainage of water or damage from water intrusion and if not treated in time, it may be a health hazard.
The most important thing when roofing your home is to know that it doesn’t pay to cut corners to reduce costs. What determines the cost of a roofing material is its durability. Before you begin that project, speak extensively to a professional and make an informed decision.
Let’s take it home, literally. It’s impossible to ascertain whether your roof serves as the head, neck, or umbrella. However, we do know that it is a roof. It has a plethora of available styles and it also should be cared for.
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