What Is Roofing?
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The roof of your home is not just for aesthetic purposes. The roof protects both the home and its inhabitants against rain, sunshine, extreme temperatures and snow.
The architectural style and type of roofing material that is used will affect the roof structure. The city's and jurisdiction's construction code will also determine the structure of the roof.
Roof waterproofing acts as an extra barrier to prevent water seeping into your building. Moisture damage can be serious, and could even lead to a fire if left unchecked.
There are many different types of waterproofing material. Some are liquids and others come in roll or sheet forms that need to be adhered using a welding torch. There are bitumen membranes, EPDM rubber, hypalon (a polyvinyl chloride-based material), and ethylene propylene dyene monomer EPDM.
The waterproof coating can reduce energy costs as well as providing a barrier against the weather. Some waterproofing products contain reflective materials that can keep out the sun's heat, allowing you to save money on air conditioning during the summer. Furthermore, waterproofing helps keep the building's temperature constant and prevents extreme fluctuations, which could cause the roof to warp or weaken.
Insulation can be defined as a material which stops the transmission of heat or sound. This can be fiberglass insulation that is used to insulate the walls, or an insulator for wires or cables which stops electricity from travelling outside. Insulation is also used to prevent moisture entering a building or to stop heat from transferring between buildings.
Insulators are made from a wide variety of materials, including wood, synthetic and natural fibers as well as metal shingles. The insulation is available in various densities for different R values, or thermal resistance.
Loose insulation can either be blown into enclosed spaces like walls or non-enclosed space such as attics. The most popular loose-fill materials are mineral (rock) or rock wool, cellulose and fiberglass. These materials are produced largely using recycled materials including newsprints, glass, and waste from post-industrial processes. Reflective insulations such as foil-laminated aluminium paper or plastic (also known as sarking or wall wrap) are effective at resisting radiant heat. They also help reduce condensation in the winter. SIPs, or structural insulated panels, are prefabricated insulated elements that provide superior insulation to stick-frame construction. This can save energy bills of up to 14%.
Durability is an important consideration for homeowners in choosing roofing materials. No one wants a roof they will have to replace or repair more than necessary. Unfortunately, warranties can't be used to determine the durability of a material.
Asphalt shingles can be used in all types of climates and are very durable. They can last up to 20 years. However, other types of roofing are better suited for high winds and heavy rainfall.
Wood roofing has a timeless, classic appeal that goes well with Craftsman-style, Tudor, cottage and Craftsman homes. The shingle, shake and cedar styles are available. It can resist fires and water, but requires professional installation and additional framing.
Metal is an excellent option, especially if it's made of alloys like copper, zinc and aluminum. It reflects solar rays to keep indoor temperatures constant, reducing the need for energy.
The roof of your home is not just for aesthetic purposes. The roof protects both the home and its inhabitants against rain, sunshine, extreme temperatures and snow. The architectural style and type of roofing material that is used will affect the roof structure. The city's and jurisdiction's construction code will also determine the structure of…