Roofs protect us from many things: the scorching sun, rain, snow or even animals. While roofing has always been a reserve of the professionals, with proper knowledge, you can perform minor repairs or even install the roof by yourself. Before anything else, you need to familiarize yourself with the terminologies used in roofing.
Basic roof components
Underlayment: it is usually a waterproof membrane (mostly a black paper) laid over the plywood sheeting. Its primary function is sealing off damaging elements such as mold, snow, rain, moss, etc.
Flashing: these are usually metal pieces laid on hips and valleys. They get placed in areas where water might collect. Most of these are either made of copper, stainless steel, lead coated copper or galvanized alloys.
Tiles or shingles: the outermost part of the roof gets fitted with either shingles or tiles depending on preferences. Tiles and shingles are probably the oldest in the industry. However, today you can choose from many materials. These form the outermost cover and directly keep away any unwanted elements.
A Simple Roofing Guide
Before any work commences, you need to check whether you have all the necessary tools. You also need to ensure you have a clean working area. Take your time in determining potential hazards and keep children and pets far from the site. You should take precautions a notch higher especially if you are first bringing down the old roof. Once safety gets guaranteed, you can start your work.
First, you need to install a reliable roof deck protection. You can get that easily from your local home improvement store or order some online. Next, you need to install the leak barrier. It plays an enormous role in shielding the vulnerable areas of your roof. Starter strip shingles are a kind of insurance against strong winds. Install them with precision for if done wrongly they might not be of much help.
When it comes to nailing, take your time. Therefore, you need to gather a lot of information concerning nail type and length that matches your kind of roofing. While doing the actual nailing, you also need to pay attention to angling as under driven; overly driven or poor nailing could lead to a catastrophe in the future. Other important areas are the valleys. Most people complain of leaking valleys, and it is all because of hurriedly done valleys and low-quality material. Do not compromise on any of this.
All of the information above outlines the primary roofing procedures. It takes different times depending on the extent of roofing and the kind of materials you are using. Do not forget to clean up the area once you complete the installation of your new roof.
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