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The External Parts of Your Roof That Need Attention

By Brendan Gertner Subscribe to RSS | March 20th 2012 | Views:
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The basic function of the roof is to protect the house against weather elements. For a roof to function properly, it must be strong and impervious to precipitation, to protect the interior and the exterior structure of your home. As a homeowner, it is a big mistake to neglect your roof and postpone necessary repairs.

Your roof has a direct link to your house’s value, appearance and insulating capabilities. Because of its important role, it must always be in good condition. Regular checks are necessary and proper maintenance and repairs should be done immediately once any problem is observed. Be aware of the following about your roof:

Roofing Material

A roof structure may either be slope type or flat type. Whatever roof type you use, the lifespan of your roof will depend on many factors including roof material, quality of workmanship and exposure to extreme elements. It is important for you to know which roof material works well in your location. For example, asphalt shingles are durable and more affordable but are not recommended for icy weather. The cold temperature causes them to become brittle and break easily.

Flashing

Flashings refer to the thin sheets of metal or other impervious material that are installed at the sections where two or more roof portions come together at an angle or joint. These thin sheets cover the spaces where water could possibly seep in. The choice for flashing material depends on roof construction and on roofing material used.

Delta roof contractors install flashings that are either exposed or concealed. Exposed flashing are usually made of metal like aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, stainless steel or lead, and need to be painted in the same color as the roof material. Concealed flashings are made of metal or plastic sheets or waterproof membranes like bituminous fabric.

Skylights

Skylights are windows installed on the roof. Its main purpose is to allow natural light into the structure, and can serve as access to the roof deck. Among the various kinds of roofing New Westminster roofers can install for you are skylights. Some skylights have built in flashing assemblies to prevent leaks, but frequent monitoring is still helpful to make sure that rain water does not seep in at the skylight edges.

Delta roofing contractors can help you with roof leaks, old shingles for replacement, and roof drainage problems. They provide complete roofing services and replacement using quality materials with reliable workmanship. If you want to know more about roofing other you can visit homerenovations.about.com to learn about the types of roofing materials you can choose from.

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