There are several reasons to like a flat roof, but sometimes it might not be the best option for a residential property. Thankfully, a pitched residential roof replacement is an option you can consider. This is an operation where the original sloped roof is transitioned into a roof with a much higher pitch.
This operation is a big job and should carefully be considered. Here’s a step-by-step process of how it happens.
First, your contractor’s engineers will measure the span of your roof. This will include sections that hang over the walls of the structure. This step can help them figure out the angle of the roof ridge. They will also take measurements and compute the weight-bearing capacity of your walls and pillars. This will determine the next step and help you figure out whether a conversion is possible or if the added load would be too heavy for your home’s structure.
As with any roof installation or during extensive home roof repairs, you need to consider the best type of roofing materials to use. Unlike a new roof installation, however, this will be limited by the remaining usable roofing structures; it’s highly likely that plenty of the old framing material is water-damaged beyond usability.
The capacity of your home’s walls and supports will also be taken into consideration. Unless you plan on using a heavy material or inserting additional floors that your structure cannot carry, however, this should not be a difficult process.
3. Roof Removal
This is the point wherein the actual roof conversion begins. The original roof is taken apart, and new truss supports are added to the roofing structure. Here, you’ll find out which of your original roof supports are usable and which are too damaged to be left alone.
Once the original roof has been removed, assembly of the new roof will begin. This will be just like the installation of a new roof. Contractors will lay out a tarp overhead as the work progresses to protect the interior of your home from the elements as a new roof installation can take some time to complete.
This is the simplest step of the roof conversion process. Your roofer will have to discuss a few other things with you, so be available to talk as needed before and during the roofing process. Note that this process is more complicated when commercial roofing services and properties are involved, but the general process remains the same.
If you want to discuss a pitch conversion project with our crew at Hometown Contractors Roofing, our doors are always open. Give us a call at (512) 686-0011, or contact us by filling out our contact form. We serve residents of Georgetown and Austin, TX.