When it comes to how to install roofing, most do it yourselfers have many questions. On residential or commercial roofing, just like any project, you want to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible to prepare yourself. Lets see if we can clear the air on some roofing confusion.
You may be unclear on weather or not you need a new roof in the first place. The average roof replacement is somewhere in the area of $10000, so when you want to replace your roof you want to be positive you indeed need one, without question.
To ensure you indeed need a new roof, there are a few telltale signs. Loose or missing shingles, for starters, are a top indication your roof is on the way out. If you have missing shingles, which are your roofs first line of defense from the elements, the protection of your roof has been compromised.
Just like missing shingles, loose or exposed nails are a strong indication your roof protection has been compromised. But missing nails are often an indication of further roof damage. This means the sub roof may be rotting and unable to anchor nails nor shingles any longer.
WIthout inspecting anything outside, if you see interior water damage on your ceiling or walls you definitely will need a new roof as soon as possible. Indications of interior water damage are a strong factor in advanced roof damage. Interior water damage is only a little better than a sagging roof. In the event you notice you have a sagging roof, all sub roofing and possibly beams have been compromised by the elements and are saturated with rainwater. At this point, you have such compromised protection from the weather, your heating and cooling bills are probably way higher than they need to be.
Also when it comes to how to install types of roofing and which roofing shingles types to use, you are going to want the longest lasting, best material for your money. And typically, the lifespan of each is a reflection of their cost. For example, 3-tab asphalt shingles last anywhere from 15 to 18 years while architectural asphalt shingles protect your roof for 24 to 30 years. These compare with galvalume, or metal shingles, which last anywhere from 30 to 45 years and concrete tiles which go anywhere from 35 to 50 years. Meanwhile, built-up or modified bitumen and EPDM (rubber) last only about 10 to 16 years. And how to install roofing shingles is as ranging as the different kinds available.
Regardless, when it comes to your commercial or residential roofing project and you have determined how you will go about how to install roofing, remember preparing comes second only to safety. Be sure to work with a partner on a roof with which you have scouted and familiarized yourself.