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5 Important Elements in a Roof
Friday, April 6, 2018

Imagine your home without a roof, water pouring in from the sky and sun hitting right in your eyes. That’s something you can only afford to imagine as it would be disastrous if there was no roof in your home.

The roof is important to protect your home and hold it together. It acts as an armor that shields your family and content of your home from harsh seasons, bad weather and much more. Understanding the elements that make up a roof is important if it has suffered damage and you’re thinking to have it repaired or replaced. Let’s take a look at the 5 most important elements of a roof.

1. Shingles

In all roof designs, shingles are the obvious part, but they are not always the same. Some shingles come with a lifetime warranty. If your roof is made of these shingles, it would be most secured. If you want a good design, ridge cap shingles should be considered as they give an additional seal to the vulnerable corners and edges of the roof. Starter strip shingle is another valuable addition that gives an extra anchor to avoid blow-off from high winds.

2. Roof Sub-Structure

A roof’s shape is defined by its sub-structure. Usually, timber frame is used for the sub-structure. However, if roofing tiles are used, the sub-structure will have to be more robust as the tiles are mostly very heavy. This extra weight will put severe stress on the roof; therefore, the sub-structure should be durable enough to compensate.

3. Insulation

Beneath roof’s sub-structure, insulation is present to insulate the internal temperature of your home from the elements outside. Most people think that this keeps their home warm in winters only, but the insulation also helps in keeping cool air inside your house during hot summers. It is great for reducing energy costs and keeping the bills under control. Only hire a licensed roofer for installing the insulation as improper installation can lead to fire hazards.

4. Gutters

If there are no gutters in your roof, water will accumulate and the damage can possibly bring down your roof. Gutters on your roof collect and channel the rainwater off of it. If your roof gutters are damaged, water can flow into doors and windows, damage the interior of your home or eat away the exterior walls causing significant damage. Additionally, if water leaks near electrical fuses, it can cause electrical and fire hazards. So, if you spot a leak in the gutter, have it repaired to prevent massive damage.

5. Downpipes

The water from roof gutters is channeled through the downpipe into a drain to prevent it from flooding or damaging your home. Rainwater tanks can also be used to collect the water for re-use. It is a good way to prevent wastage of water and save money on water bills.

Roof repair or installation is not simple as considerable attention must be paid to all these essential elements. This is why when you want to have your roof repaired or replaced, contact professionals like Midwest Property Pros. We’ll assess your roof, as well as your gutters and sliding to determine whether repair is necessary or replacement must be made.



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