The Basics Of Roofing

Knowledge Is Power -- All About Roofing

The Basics Of Roofing

There is one home renovation project that most homeowners absolutely dread, installing a new roof. That's because the job can be quite messy, time-consuming, and expensive. To save on expenses, more and more able-bodied men and women are tackling this project themselves. And even for those who are not physically capable of installing their own roof, learning more about the subject will allow them to avoid potential purchasing pitfalls when they contract out this job to others. If you are looking for qualified roofing contractors, make sure they are licensed in your area.

One roofing product that is gaining in popularity today is metal roofing. And while installing metal roofing must be done properly, and while metal roofing products can be more expensive to purchase than other types, metal roofing is an option which can provide many, many, years of trouble-free use.

And because of the special skills and tools that are required to install certain types of residential metal roofing products -- especially when installing something like standing seam metal roofing -- our recommendation would be to leave this project to a trained professional. But for those who have experience in doing this, it is possible to install your own metal roofing.

When starting any big project around the home, it is important to be able to get some tips and pointers from those who are experienced. And I think that the most important roofing installation tip is to learn to practice rooftop and ladder safety. After all, what is the sense of trying to save money by installing your own roofing, and then end up spending thousands of dollars on hospital bills due to an accident?

Technological advance is very evident in the roofing field today. New products are being introduced on the market all the time -- a good example of this is the development of synthetic roofing underlayment materials. Many roofers have chosen to use these synthetic roofing underlayment products as an alternative to traditional roofing "felt."

In addition, architectural roofing shingles have been developed which provide a thicker, 3-dimensional appearance -- and they also last a lot longer than traditional asphalt roofing shingles. And a company that has become a leader in the development of innovative roofing products is Owens Corning. Owens Corning roofing manufacturers different types of roofing products that are designed to work together as an integrated "system."

However, particularly in urban areas, there is a new trend -- organic, or "green" roofing systems. Both extensive and intensive roofing systems are being used today for large-area flat roofs commonly found in urban areas. These folks actually plant things like grass, shrubbery, and even trees right on their roof, having first laid down anywhere from several inches to a foot of topsoil on the roof. Intensive roofing systems utilize larger plants and trees, and help to cool and purify the air, and also are helpful for absorbing a great deal of water that would otherwise pick up chemicals and pollutants as it runs off of buildings.

So, whatever your needs are, whether you want to go low-tech or reap the benefit of the latest technological advances -- if you will take the time to read the following articles, you will learn a lot and will be much better prepared to make purchasing decisions. We wish you great success with your next roofing project!