Building or refitting the roof of an entire house is not an easy task. You must consider the angle, style and size of the roof before planning. Various different types of buildings such as an hutch, woodshed, garage, or garden shed. Often these are roofs of simple buildings with a rectangular plan.
There are a large number of materials, such as ceramic, zinc and copper that can be used as sheets, or tiles for roofing. While roofers in your area would have the skills and the expertise to build a roof from scratch, it is always a good idea to know about the building or refitting process of roofs, just in case.
Traditional tiled roofs
As an example, we can consider a small roof with a single slope leaning against a wall which will need to be refitted. Since we will not be building a new roof from nothing, the work will be relatively simple. In the beginning there are two potential options. Either the frame of the roof is in good condition, and only the slats supporting the tiles need to be replaced, or the entire frame is rotten.
We need to remove the tiles one by one, starting from the top. These should always be stacked carefully, and a few replacement tiles should always be acquired in case some of the tiles are not reusable. When all tiles are removed, carefully examine the frame. If everything is to be replaced, note the lengths and number of rafters. Also note the slat requirements. Accurately noting the spacing and pattern of the rafters and slats will make the process easier and the end result what you want to achieve.
Repair Of Frame Or Other Defective Parts
If the rafters, slats or the frame is damaged, they must be replaced. These should be assembled with appropriate materials, usually fir or oak. The slats are usually preferred to be oak. Oak slats are available in bundles, and on average they are 1.20 cm in length. These will be nailed flat to the rafters with a regular spacing pattern. The slats should always be parallel to each other, and secured with small spikes whenever possible.
To lay the tiles that are superimposed on each other, it is best to start at the bottom, the successive rows covering the edges of previous rows. Along the edges, tiles cut lengthwise will complete the covering when the roof is completed. The bottom row of tiles will be supported by a bevelled piece of wood called a lath or chat.
To finish the roof, it will suffice to lightly cement the tiles at the edge of the roof to form a “bank” which will prevent them from lifting or moving even in the strongest winds.
In addition to tiles roofs can also be made from bituminous or tarred felt cardboard, galvanised sheets, aluminium or zinc corrugated plates, corrugated asbestos cement sheets, plastic corrugated sheets.
Regardless of its style and material, roof building and refitting is a tiring and dangerous job best handled by experts. As such it is recommended that you should search for expert roofers in your area to avoid any mishaps, accidents or extra expenses in the long term.