Of all the fundamental elements in the structure of a home, the roof is one that is most often overlooked. Most people do not understand what makes a roof vital to a house, other than it protects from rain. As this is true, there are many other characteristics of a roof that make it critical for the longevity of the underlying house structure. Most people would consider their home to be their largest financial investment. Homes are attacked daily by many natural elements, such as wind, rain, humidity, temperature, etc. Of these, rain is typically the most threatening and can have the highest cost of damage in the shortest amount of time. Roof inspections performed every few years can certainly be beneficial.
How do you know if you need a new roof? There are a few visual indicators that your roof may need to be replaced. Shingles that are curling upward or have patches of missing granules, missing shingles, algae growth and severe discoloration are indicators that further inspection is needed. If you walk across your roof and it feels spongy, this could be a sign that moisture has compromised the roof decking (the wooden base layer under the shingles). The actual age of the roof must also be taken into account. Most shingle roof systems are designed to last for 20-25 years. If your home is approaching that age then it may be time to look into having an inspection performed. If you see neighbors putting on new roofs, then it may be worthwhile to look into yours as well since both your neighbors home and yours have experienced the same weather conditions.
A structurally sound roof also provides a few financial benefits. Resale value is affected by roof condition. Statistics show that a new roof can add, on average, $12,000 to the home value. It also brings peace of mind to the prospective buyer. A new roof can also add savings on heating and cooling bills. Your roof plays a huge role in ventilating and insulating the home as well as releasing humidity from the home.
Roofing material is the outermost layer on the roof of a building, sometimes self-supporting, but generally supported by an underlying structure. A building’s roofing material provides shelter from the natural elements. The outer layer of a roof shows great variation dependent upon availability of material, and the nature of the supporting structure. Those types of roofing material which are commercially available range from natural products such as thatch and slate to commercially produced products such as tiles and polycarbonate sheeting. Roofing materials may be placed on top of a secondary water-resistant material called underlayment. Roofing is an Industry where you work on roofs. This Industry is a high risk industry due to the injuries that you can sustain in this job environment. Roofing is focus on the upper layer of a house or building. Roofing on a house is considered residential and building are commercial. Roofing on a government building you get paid pavilion wage.