Owning your first home can be a great and exhilarating experience but as a home owner you also have responsibilities. Owning a house also means maintaining a house. Maintenance can be hard and also expensive work. One of the first things to check for when purchasing a house is the state of the roof. The number one reason to lay a new roof or repair an existing one is to protect the house and its contents from water and the elements. The material for this is called roofing felt. This is a water-resistant membrane made from wood fibres and recycled paper, drenched in asphalt oils. It is placed between the surface and the roof’s sheathing. Roofing felt prevents rain and moisture from penetration and damaging the sheathing as well as preventing the roof surface from coming into contact with wood resins and other moistures. It is milled in different thicknesses and is purchased according to the weight. The most common ones being either: 15-pounds, 30-pounds or 90-pounds per square of roof surface. Roofing felt is often sold in 36-inch wide rolls which are 36-foot long. These are to be laid slightly overlapping and will cover roughly one square of roof. The underlayment used for asphalt roofs is often a 15-pound felt whilst wood shake roofs uses a 30-pounds felt underlayment that is placed in an overlapping pattern. Sometimes a 90-pound felt of roll roofing and valley flashing can be used on some asphalt shingle roofs. Always speak to a professional roofer if you need any assistance or advice.
There are several choices you will need to make when putting down a new roof. One of the first decisions to make is what type of material to use: asphalt, wood, tile, slate, aluminium shingles or galvanized steel panels. If you decide to lay a roof using asphalt shingles, the next decision to make is between shingles manufactured with an organic base or a fibreglass base. After these initial decisions you are left with the most enjoyable ones: to choose between different colours, textures and patterns. Just keep in mind to make choices that will blend in with your house siding and the rest of the houses in your area. Depending on where in the country you live, there might sometimes be restrictions which mean you will have to use a specific material, colour or pattern. Make sure to look into this before purchasing and laying a new roof as this otherwise might be a very expensive mistake.