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Advantages of Curved Roofs

Curved roofsI think you might have got bored by using flat roofs. Do you feel like it is common and your house look like box due to flat roof. Many of the times, these flat roofs also seem like hot box and even problems of leaking roof arises. For overcoming this sloping RCC is good but still it needs to be finished with tiles on the top of the roof. But by doing so you are creating a new roof on the existing roof and that leads to extra expenditure and cost. Length is the base for the rise of the roof slope so the longer the room, higher is the height of the roof.

There are so many houses which have an extremely impressive external sloping roof, but when coming to internal its appearance is so much out of scale that designers are pressurized to suggest a loft up only to have the bearable height.

Seeing the above situation, roof having a curve just like the segment of a circle are helpful in many ways. Even if it is started at the lowest point it can still retain the higher height by gently curving up and then going flat at the point where roof meets the wall. Here we can roof curved in the front area and then it goes flat in the back and it usually stays for a large period. Thus it results in smaller rooms looking fully curved.

Orientation matters

Curved roofing offers many of the cooling advantages. The level of heat getting into your home depends upon the sun rays angle where the direct sun rays generate more heat where as the angular sun rays reflect the heat resulting into the home to stay cooler. This results in saving your cost of electricity as less it needs les efforts to cool down the home. Thus curved roofs are energy saver and cost saver. The level of solar heat is maximum, before and after that period it is cooler. So roofs can also be designed according to the degree of roof heat and having slopes according to it.

Heat transmission

Flat roofs are more prone to the heat. Flat roofs are more likely for long hours to get direct sun rays as compared to other types of roofing. Thus flat roofs cause to keep home hotter inspite of keeping it cooler. Whereas in case of curved roofs, it receives least sun rays and that too for short period of time and keep your home away from excessive heat of sun. Only a small portion of the curve would be receiving direct sunlight and the other portions receive sunlight in an angular manner.

Tiled looks

The look of curved roof is very elegant. It is visible to all from far away. The slopes and tiles installed on it is clearly visible and gives a good aesthetic effect. In flat roofs, you cannot see the tiles installation from far away. Thus tie installation goes in vain as it does not give that good look effect.

Flat Roofing System: Its Types Pros and Cons

Flat roofsFlat roofing system has mainly three kinds. These three includes built up roofs, Modified Bitumen and single ply roofs. Each flat roofing system is designed to protect the roof from rain, heat and snowfall. It helps to prevent the damage to the roof which can be caused from mold, leaks and rot which can lead you to a great expense. Here is the study of three materials which can help you to decide which one to opt and which not to.

  • Built-up-roof

Built-up-roofs were the most common and preferred roofing system before the evolution of single ply roofing system. It is a very damage proof material as it applies multiple layering of tar and gravel over the roof to create a watertight seal. Some of the advantages of the built-up-roofs, so that you can analyze it properly.

  • Tried and true

It is very old method so there is no chance of experimentation. Roofers has been using this system of roofing since 100 years. Thus it is trustworthy.

  • Thick coverage

This roofing offers lot of layering. Thus your home stays protected if one layer gets damaged. Thus you are always sure about your roofs safety as it is multilayered.

  • Highly resistant

This material is durable and keeps you away from the extra maintenance expenses. It’s surface is durable against normal wear and tear.

  • Modified Bitumen

Modified Bitumen was introduced in the mid 1970s. It is nothing but roofing sheets which are made up of asphalt which is advanced with rubber or plastic which gives higher stretch and flexibility. Modified bitumen is installed in multiple layers. Generally it is installed upto 3 layers . Hot air welders are used for joining the material seams which helps in creating a watertight system. It can be also used as a cap on BUR roofing system and this roofing is also known as hybrid roof system. Some of the benefits of modified bitumen for better analysis.

  • Uniformity

There is a remarkable uniformity in the thickness of this material. The reason behind this quality of uniformity is that it is prepared under the tight control of quality.

  • Wider temperature range

It is a special quality of modified bitumen that it can bear extreme temperature changes. It is able to manage extreme rise or fall in temperature. It is better as compared to Built-up-roofs.

  • Single ply roofs

In case of single ply roofs, a layer of sheet or plastic membrane is rolled over the roof surface and then it is welded together by using hot air tools. It results in creation of permanent watertight covering which saves the roof from leaks. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Consistent product quality

Single ply material is prepared in such a way to match up the strict quality standards apart from those used in BUR’s.

  • Ease in installation

The process of installation used in this type of material is really easy and speedy.

  • Energy efficient

This material is very environment friendly. It offers light colors which are generally energy efficient. These colors are cool thus saving your HVAC costs.

  • Light weighted

It is light weighted and thus suits well in today’s construction designs which needs more flexibility.



Information to Get From Your Roofing Contractor before Hiring

Roofing ContractorThe level of importance of roofer is not a bit lower than the roof itself. Thus you must be fully sure regarding the person you are hiring for your roof. A poor roof can lead you to big troubles. The cost of repairs and maintenance can increase a lot if the job is not done properly. Poor job can also lead to leaks which mean more financial loss along with the loss of time. Thus before hiring any of the roofing contractors you should grab some of the information from him. Here are some of the questions you should ask your roofing contractor before hiring him.

  • What’s the full name of his company along with the physical address

Ask in detail the full name of the company of your roofer and the full name of his company. Also take the full physical address of the company so that you can visit him in case of any of the issue. If they are4 using post office box then take the physical address of that also. If the roofing company you are dealing with is not having a physical address then it’s a matter of issue. You should not concern such a company which is not having physical location instead shift to another which has physical location.

  • Ask about the insurance

The roofing contractor you are approaching must have the workmen’s compensation and the liability insurance which should protect the homeowner in case any accident happens. Workmen compensation protects the homeowner in case there is any injury and liability gives a protection from damaged which is caused by the roofer at the time of repair or replacement. There is no workmen compensation, there the owner of the house will be responsible for the accident that happens and he would have to pay the medical bill and other expenses.  Your home insurance will not be covering these things thus you will be personally liable for all the expense of the injury so if you want to stay away from all this then ask about the insurance.

  • Ask about the use of roofing sub contractors

Ask your roofing contractor whether he is going to appoint any of the sub contractor and whether any task of your roof is going to be performed by the sub contractor. If there is sub contractor involved then ask the same questions to the sub contractors and don’t forget to ask about the insurance policy of the employees.

  • Ask about the roofing contractor license

Question your roofing contractor whether he possess the license given by the state or city. The need of license is differs from state to state. There are several cities which require the contractors to be licensed. Thus check out whether this rule is applicable in your area or not. If it is make sure your roofer possess that license. Also check with the nearby licensing office whether the license of roofer you are opting for is up to date or not without any kind of violation.



Metal roofing-the advantages and disadvantages

Benefits of Metal roofing, roofingJust like a coin everything has two sides to it-the good and the bad. Just like that metal roofing has its own advantages and disadvantages to it. If you compare metal roofing with other kinds, it has a lighter weight and a higher strength to weight ratio. It is highly emissive and efficient. Metal roofing has a “Green Factor” to it.

This roofing option is open to recycling. Another advantage of metal roofing is that it is capable of withstanding extreme weather effects like hail, wind, fire etc. it has a greater longevity and comes with warranty that facilitates replacement for a lifetime. It can last around 50 to hundred years maybe more. On the other hand some of the disadvantages that may bother you are corrosions caused by combination of certain metals, even though it is durable, it is an expensive affair which may exceed your budget.