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Different Types of Building and House Roofs

Every house, home, building or shelter benefits from having a roof. Even a humble garden shed is better off with a roof. Roof prevent rain and other stuff getting inside. Well, that’s as long as the roof doesn’t leak, but on the understanding that the roof is actually an air tight structure it is probably the most important component. Ok, so if a window breaks or a door leaks, rain can still get in, but if the roof is in bad repair it can ruin the entire structure.

Roofs are more than just the sum of their parts. Once the structure is complete and the roof is the next thing to be added, there is a whole string of processes to make sure that the roof does its job perfectly for many years afterward. Roof shapes differ tremendously according to the style of the building, the part of the world that the structure is created in and the materials available for it. Many influences can affect the style of a roof, such as pitched, hipped, gabled, domed, arched and many more.

How does a Roof become a Roof

There are essentially a few main components to a roof. Beginning from the ground up, there is the main structure of the building and the roof begins at the supports. On top of the supports there is a protective layer which keeps out the weather. This layer is usually made from rubber, asphalt, tarpaulin, and other waterproof materials. The final layer is made up of slate or terracotta, or asphalt, tar paper, stone slabs, thatch and other options from both man-made materials and organic materials.

Nowadays a roofing contractor in Weston Super Mare, or any other city in the country, could be asked to create a green roof, which is a layered with cut turf to insulate it and allow nature to blend into it. A brown roof is much the same, but it can also grow produce and edible goods.

In previous years asbestos was a common material used in roofing, but since it has been discovered that asbestos has poisonous and dangerous properties that option is no longer legal. Existing roofs are allowed, but only under certain restrictions and there are guidelines for legal removal of it. Click here for more information.

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