Roofing a house can be a matter of few hours, but its planning is time-taking. It is worth spending time on what amount and resources you are willing to spend on roofing your house. Keep in mind the environment in which you live to ensure you are choosing appropriate material. Taking out time to plan and sketch out the roof before actually installing it can save you from a number of mishaps and stressful situations. Below given is a precise guide on how you can plan to install a roof for your house in six easy steps.
- Local building codes
Ensure you look at the environment in which you are living as well as the local building codes. Certain cities only allow particular material or even a specific number of shingles for installing a roof. By getting know-how of the building codes, you will not only keep the aesthetic continuity of the community but also keep your roof safe from violent weather conditions. If you want to start the roof installation by yourself, get a construction permit. Whereas, if you are planning to hire a roofing company, you will not need a permit.
- The roofing material you need
Make a list of roofing material that falls in your budget and start searching for the materials you need. If you are considering installing it by yourself, consider several roofing materials that are not easy to install. Rate your roofing installation skill before finalizing any material. There are roofing inspections in various cities once it is installed, therefore, to avoid issues use quality material and even it is safe for yourself.
- Remove old roof (if there is)
If you are building a new home, then skip this step as you do not have to remove the old roof. However, if you are renovating an old house, remove the already installed roof or you can only remove the rusted sections. A roofing company provides you with a full package of removing the old roof and installing a new one. Whereas you can also do it by yourself ensuring you have the safety tools and other relevant material.
- Install underlayment and drip edge
Underlayment is a water-proof material that is laid in between the roof deck and the roofing material. It prevents water seepage. After underlayment, install a drip edge on the edges of the roof preventing water flow away from the front.
- Install roof covering
For roof covering you can choose any material including clay, rubber, asphalt, slate or metal depending upon your need.
- Clean the debris and let your roof dry
Clean all the debris from the roof and apply roof adhesive on the exposed nail for keeping it safe from violent weather conditions. Let the roofing adhesive dry before doing the roofing inspection. Check out if any nail is loose or if there are any cracked adhesive. Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the quality and ensure that everything is up to the mark.