When framing and building that next house one of the most important considerations is the roof. You have to decide what pitch to make the roof, whether to use gables or hips, and even what type of roofing material you plan on using. You have to consider venting and whether to use radiant barrier, the list goes on and on.
But make no mistake, the roof is the most important part of any project. If it is poorly done or not well constructed or planned, you will have problems for years to come. Valleys can leak, seams can come apart, and water damage can create foundation settling, rotten wood and termites.
Ensuring that you take the time and build it right and use the right tools can make the difference between a successful project and a failed one . When shingling a roof a well planned layer of felt needs to be placed down first with the right nails. Using the wrong nails can cause the felt to tear and wear prematurely. Shingles also utilize special nails with large heads
using staples or smaller headed nails can cuase the shingles to be torn off in a wind storm. Valleys need to be flashed properly, or else water will permeate them and result in leaks. All of these things need to be taken into consideration for a long lasting roof.
More recent advances in roofing led to energy efficient roofing. Solar shingles are one such example. These shingles integrate with your new roof and generate electricity without the large bulky solar panels that normally take up roof space. So, when planning your roof make sure and take the time to do the proper research and planning to make the project a success.