When we talk about our homes, something you always hear is “roof over your head”. The roof has somehow become the icon of shelter. That triangular shape, the upside down letter V, has become the symbol of protection from the elements, of safety, comfort, home and family. It’s simply ingrained in the human brain that a roof is the core essence of any good shelter, any real home, and it’s why solid roofing is such a priority and why so many homeowners are dedicated to keeping their roofs in good shape.
So if you’re new to roofing, if you’re a first time homeowner, what do you absolutely need to know about your roof and how to take care of it? Well, here are some basics to get you going.
Tiles and Shingles
Tiled roofs are a common sight in some areas, but when it comes to using them on your home, this may be more of a cosmetic decision than anything. A Mexican style hacienda simply doesn’t look right without some clay tiles for instance. The truth is, though, the vast majority of homes around the world don’t really need much more than some reliable shingles to keep the rain and snow out. This is good news for you as, unless you’re going for a traditional hacienda sort of look, you probably won’t wind up spending more than you’d like on roofing.
If you want to go it alone, make sure you know what you’re doing. Without proper safety precautions, doing your roofing yourself can be very dangerous. Luckily, with a hired crew, it’s really only a one or two day job for most homes, so you really shouldn’t have to spend too much to get professional quality roofing on your home.
Whatever you do, don’t let it slide. As mentioned above, the roof is really the core essence of your home. A leaky roof is really all it takes to transform a home into a flophouse.