When you are standing at the kerb and gazing at your home, about a third of what you'll see is the roofing. Thus, any upgrade will affect the aesthetics of the entire facade and drive up your home's value. Here are several considerations to think about when undergoing a tile roof replacement.
You'll need to pick a material for your beautiful new roof. Concrete, terracotta and slate are three possible options. Concrete tiles—which come in endless colours and profiles, suiting both modern and traditional architecture—often provide a relatively economical choice. Durable concrete tiles consist of a cured cement mix that strengthens with age.
Terracotta tiles, in warm earth-reds or with glazes in a variety of other hues, can last for many years, too. You'll find traditional shapes and sleeker contemporary profiles. Grey slate tiles incorporate the beauty of natural stone into your roofing. No matter which material the roof uses, your home's underlying structure needs to carry its weight. Your restoration expert can advise on your particular project.
The Roof Shape
Your roof might angle simply with one peak, or multiple hips and valleys might create a more complicated roof area. Your roof's structure will affect the restoration. You'll need to factor in ridge capping along the top of each peak, plus flashing or other material along the valleys. More elaborate designs will require more planning and work, as well.
Some roofs are flatter and thus easier to work on than others are. On a steeply pitched roof, restoration contractors will need to take extra care when working on the structure. They may even need to build scaffolding to ensure their safety, which will add to the complexity of the project. The pitch also influences the amount of tiling that needs replacing; steeper angles can use more tiles than flatter structures.
Removing The Old Roof
Removing and disposing of the old roof is part of the restoration process. Thus, the roof size, structure and pitch will affect not only the rebuilding aspect of the job but the tearing-down part also.
Waterproofing And Sealing
Typically, the restoration process will include waterproofing and sealing the new roof. You can cover the tiles with a reflective coating if you live in a hot region, which can help to reduce air conditioning costs by bouncing solar heat away from your home. Check with your contractor on what your restoration entails.
With a new roof, your home will look fresh and sparkling. You can enhance the effect by repainting the trim, fencing or other elements. Then everything will look consistently sharp across the facade.
To learn more, contact a roof replacement contractor.