Our house, whether we live in a condo or if we live in a detached house, can take important construction work over time. More often than expected, it is necessary to intervene on the structure and redo the roof.
This can happen for example even if we buy an old building to be restored.
Where to start? What do you need to know? What are the design phases? How much does it cost and how long does it take to complete the work? All of these questions will be answered in this article.
Flat roof or floor?
It is important to know if it is a type of pitched roof or a flat roof floor, i.e for a terrace. In one case or another the goal is always to restore, restore and rebuild the roof of a building to defend it from the weather. Depending on one type or the other, however, there are differences. You need to keep this in mind.
Phases of intervention
Depending on the type of roof, the materials and work phases can change. The pitched roof requires the demolition of the existing roof and which involves following steps:
1) The removal or modification of the load-bearing structure of the roof which is generally made of wood (boards or joists for example);
2) The repair and modification of all the systems that reach the roof (chimneys, TV antenna, pipes, etc.);
3) The laying of the tinsmiths (which may be in lead, copper, zinc, sheet metal or titanium);
4) Laying the new finishing cover (usually in slate);
5) Finally the dismantling of the scaffolding and the final cleaning.
The flat roof requires the demolition of the existing roof of the surface, which is usually made up of tiles, gravel etc. Then following steps are taken:
1) Repair and modification of all the systems that are connected to the roof;
2) The construction of the slopes after laying sheaths;
3) The laying of the waterproof covering;
4) The laying of the tinsmiths;
5) The laying of the final flooring, usually made of glue-based or floating tiles, wooden planks or PVC tiles, wood or gravel;
6) Finally dismantling and cleaning
The types of intervention, although similar have few differences.
How long should my roof last?
A roof should last at least ten years; however, it will last longer if it has been made with quality materials.
In order to make a long lasting roof, it is important to remember to carry out ordinary regular maintenance to avoid water seeping through roof. It is advisable to periodically check chimneys, low walls, dormers, etc. It is also essential not to forget to clean gutters and downpipes for the disposal of rainwater.
Roofs are an integral part of a building, the duration of these elements depends on two aspects: quality of materials and correct installation.
Attention to risks:
The ridge, the slopes require more attention and care during the work phase, just as it is necessary to pay attention to the intersections. Then there are functional details to check, such as gutters, tinsmiths connecting to other buildings or even stratigraphy for the thermo-acoustic insulation.
These elements require great attention because the infiltration of water and through the surface is the major risk that must be avoided.
What is the best season?
Generally, it is advisable to intervene when there is less probability of precipitation or atmospheric conditions that reduce the risk of damage from infiltration of water and snow
For roofing Dearborn MI the best time is summer, but it is possible to place temporary coverings in order to carry out these types of interventions even in winter. Costs, however, increase. I recommend opting for this idea if the roof area is between 200 to 300 square meters.