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Roofing: Is It Time to Replace?

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Author: Joanna Harris

Roofing is a very important part of your house construction. Roof is mainly required to protect you from rain, wind and other environmental features. Leaking roof and resulting stained surface of the ceiling are the kind of things which disturb you the most. You can get an opportunity to replace your leaking roof in dry and sunny weather.

It is not always that you have experience with roofing. There are many things which need to be pondered upon while replacing your roof like the type of preparation you need, kind of materials to be used, finding right and experienced contractor.

Let us discuss few useful tips regarding roofing.

First of all, survey the condition of your roof. If you find out that you can do without replacing your roof, just do not replace it. In that case, you will have to go for some simple repairs which would help you postpone the roof repair for two or three years. You can use an asphalt-glass roof for replacing worn out and brittle shingles.

Besides asphalt-glass roof, you have other options available to you. Though asphalt-glass roofing is the conventional choice but you can explore other options as well, like concrete masonry, tiles, metal roofing and more.

Without checking the condition and structure of your roof, never add a layer of new roofing over the existing one. Also make sure, you are using the right material. In case, you add new layer over the old one, it will add to the weight of the roof. Make sure that structure can bear that much weight.

Every roofing system has different installation requirements. Make sure that you are fulfilling all the installation requirements for a particular type of roofing material. For instance, when you use roofing materials like asphalt-glass shingles or tiles, there should be base made up of solid sheathing like plywood. If you are using wood shingles, it would require open sheathing to let the roofing material breathe.

Before your contractor tears off the existing roofing material, just ask him to protect your house from any resulting damage. Protect your windows and doors by laying some kind of covering over them. Remove the debris instantly. While roof is being replaced, arrange for proper drainage system on the roof. While looking for the contractor, have the bids from at least three contractors and decide for the best one.

About the author: Joanna is a well renowned Polish journalist specialising in Polish, Russian and English translation services. She has been residing in the UK for 3 years where she has made her home among the Polish community in Tooting, South West London.

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