Whether you are looking to replace your roof altogether or you merely need repairs, you must be very careful when hiring a roofing professional. A good roof is an incredibly important investment, probably one of the most important in your life. Your roof is meant to protect your family or business from:
• Snow and Ice
• Moss and Algae
• Trees and Leaves
• And Anything Else
But more than simply offering protection, your roof can also add value and beauty to your home or office.
Before we get started, it is important that you know a little bit about the roofing process so that you can hire the best roofer possible.
It is important to learn a little bit about the roofing process so that you can become an informed consumer. Some would say, “That’s what I’m hiring the expert for.” But if you don’t become educated on roofing and the roofing process, it will be very easy for you to get taken advantage of. A roofing consultant could tell you anything and you’d believe it. Don’t put yourself in that type of situation. Spend the time to learn these terms and concepts and you will have a much better roofing experience.
Types of Roofing
There are basically two different types of roofs. There are flat ones and sloped ones. A flat roof will utilize a waterproof barrier to keep the water out. This is essentially a membrane made out of waterproof materials. But you may not know that a flat roof isn’t really flat at all. Sure, it looks flat when you are looking up at it, but flat roofs are actually sloped just enough to let water run-off. The roof is designed this way because water that pools too long can damage the waterproof membrane.
A sloped roof, as you probably know, forms an ‘A’ or triangle shape and it may be high, steep or gently sloped. A sloped roof doesn’t use completely waterproof materials like flat roofs do. Instead, sloped roofs are designed so that any water immediately drains into the eaves trough system.