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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Constructing a Roof
Ever wondered what goes in to constructing a roof? Most the time, we see them after they're built, or even while they're being built, but chances are, we don't know much about the process of planning and building a roof -whether it be commercial or residential.
Actually, a roof is quite a complex feature of your home. Many things need to be carefully measured and precisely assembled, otherwise, your roof may come tumbling down on top of you. Because a roof is so intricate by nature, it usually requires a team of contractors, laborers, engineers and architects to figure out what type of roof would best fit the structure it's complimenting.
Many roofing contractors either went to school, or learned the trade on their own, with each state having their own set of requirements to become licensed. There's usually a general contractor of some sort who watches over a team of tradesman to ensure each job is completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Every environment is also different when it comes to the type of roof chosen for your home or business. Flat roofs are common amongst commercial buildings, plazas and skyscrapers, while traditional residential roofs are either metal, shingle (of some sort) or tile. There are other types of residential roofs, but, we'll stick to those for now.
The types of materials that make up your roof are numerous. Shingles, metal, and/or tile, as you may have guessed, are only the outermost components of your roof and, therefore, get put on at the end. Dormers, roof trusses, rafters, underlayment, and a vast array of other components also make up your roof -each having their own, unique job to do. For instance, a roof truss is what may be described as the shell -or baseline framework -of your roof. Whereas the flashing is a thin piece of metal placed around any intersection or projection on a roof to prevent water seepage and leaks from external elements.
On average, a roof may take anywhere from a week to a month to construct, with various factors -such as complexity and type of structure -playing a role in the length of construction. New homeowners, however, needn't be worried about the length of time it would take to complete a new roof as the time allotted usually falls in to the average span of total construction. Commercial roofs, on the other hand, may require more time and a bit more leniency.
Overall, a roof is quite a fascinating feature to any home. Realistically, a home wouldn't be a home, nor a building a building, without a roof. Which makes such a structure not only required, but fascinating to explore. By knowing more about the time, materials and labor that goes in to constructing a roof, you may now be able to better predict your next purchase -whether that be a home or business.
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