Home improvement shows make roof work seem so easy, but that’s just the video editors at work. Roofing installation isn’t just about laying down roof tiles; the bulk of the work involves making sure your roof is able to protect your home against the elements.
Hometown Contractors Roofing, a top contractor in the state, elaborates on what roofing installation and maintenance entails, and lists the various challenges professional roofing contractors face.
Managing Safety Risks and Property Damage During Installation
Contractors need to take care not to hurt themselves and damage your property. In terms of managing safety risks and cleaning up the debris, falling nails can be problematic. A single roof can use as many as 10,000 nails, and collecting every single one that fell onto your lawn, footpaths and driveway would be a difficult task without the use of special equipment.
Waterproofing Your Roof
After tearing off your old roof, your contractor then must check the flashing and the waterproof membrane underneath. This membrane is needed because some roofing tiles, particularly clay tiles, are what residential roofing contractors call ‘water-shedding systems.’ Water can seep through these tiles, necessitating the use of a waterproof barrier to prevent leaks in the interior of your home.
Apart from a waterproof membrane, contractors also need to install gutters to prevent runoff water from falling onto your siding or your home’s foundation. The installation of these waterproofing mechanisms require a certain skill set.
Maintaining Your Roof
A coat of paint isn’t enough to protect your roof. Being exposed to the elements all year round, your roof needs ultraviolet-resistant coatings and waterproof sealings – not to mention the maintenance needs of your roof will vary depending on the climate of your neighborhood. Luckily, however, a professional contractor should have the expertise needed to determine the specific maintenance needs of your roof.
Considering all the complexities involved and expertise needed for residential and commercial roof installation, you should leave this kind of work to professional contractors.
Hometown Contractors Roofing is a certified GAF Weather Stopper® with more than 10 years’ worth of experience in the roofing industry. To get a free consultation, call (512) 686-0011, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX.