Some Useful Tips When Choosing Roofing and Guttering

Gutter Roofs
One of the first things you will need to do if you intend to have a new roof laid or new gutters installed, is to check your local building code so see if there are any restrictions. When I was trying to find the best gutter repairs Liverpool has to offer, I ran into a number of problems with the local council. It is best to do your homework and check any restrictions that might be in place. Also take into account the slope of your roof and you can automatically eliminate some roofing materials that are not suitable for your roofing project. If the slope of your roof is very steep, then you will need a guttering system with enough volume to deal with the flow of water. Once you have done this, try to learn as much as you can about the materials that you believe might be suitable for your project and compare them. The things to compare and keeping in mind are:

  • Cost versus durability: some materials might cost more than others but might last longer and will therefore be cheaper in the long run. Asphalt shingles, for an example, come in different price range but when taking into account the durability, you can calculate the cost-per-year-basis for a more accurate cost over time.
  • Warranties: some materials come with warranties and will then cover replacement, providing you have following the instructions correctly. Some warranties cover both material replacement and labour – so make sure you check what you are covered for .
  • Availability: some materials might not be available for purchase anywhere close by and it this is the case you have to take shipping into account. Roofing materials are heavy so if it has to be sent over a great distance you need to be prepared to pay for it.
  • Application: some materials are easier than others to install and even the easiest material to install might be a challenge if you have a very steep sloping roof.
  • Appearance: different materials provide different looks, styles and appearances. Make sure to choose a roof that goes with your house. Try to blend the roofing material you choose with the siding of the house. Look to see how different roofing colours go with the exterior siding of a house and try to find a nice balance.

Gutter and Roof Repair

When it comes to choosing the correct roofing and guttering colours there are some tips to follow:

  • Wood shingles provide a weathered look and earth toned coloured asphalt shingles goes really well with natural settings, but these are obviously not suitable for gutters.
  • Very bright colours such as blue, green and red will often emphasise a roof whilst natural and medium colours will play it down.
  • A white or a very light coloured roof will make a house seem higher and it will also reflect heath.
  • Dark coloured roofs make a house look more compact and it will absorb the heath rather than reflect it.

Gutter Repairs

Roofing and Guttering Hardware and Materials

 

When you plan your budget for new roofing or guttering material, make sure to include things such as flashings, roofing cement and even nails. Flashings can be used for several parts of the roof area. The one most commonly used for chimneys, drip edges, valleys and vents are made of malleable, galvanised steel (28-gauge). If you have an asphalt shingle roof through you can use mineral surface roll roofing on valleys and vents. Another material than can be used is plastics and aluminium – even copper can be used for chimney flashings if you so prefer. Preformed flashings for drip edges, valleys and vents are available to purchase or if you are handy, you can make them yourself. These materials can be purchased from any good diy store.

Materials for the Job

Plastic roofing cement is another product that you will need if repairing or replacing a roof or gutter. It is a black and elastic waterproofing agent that you use under shingles, along flashings and between the different layers of felt. Plastic roofing cement comes in caulking tubes or in different size cans. Depending on what type you buy, you will need to apply it with either a caulking gun or a steel trowel.

Gutters and Roofing

A lot of people looking to do repairs to existing roofs or laying a new one forget to include the cost of nails to their budget. This might look like a minor thing but if you consider how many nails you will have to use to do the job – especially if you are working on a bigger surface or replacing the entire roof – the cost can creep up on you. Depending on the nature of your roofing project, you will need different type and size of nails. For underlayments and roof surfaces, it is best to use hot-dipped galvanised nails as these do not rust through and damage the surrounding materials. Remember to buy long enough nails so that they can penetrate roughly ¾ of an inch into the roof deck or if you use plywood sheathing – all the way through. When applying sheathing it is generally ok to use common nails or box nails and these are a cheaper option as well.

Gutters for Roofs

A quick way to apply shingles is to use a pneumatic staple gun but please check whether your warranty covers application with staples, otherwise stick to using nails. Keep in mind that if you do not know how to use a pneumatic staple gun correctly, the staples might not fasten the shingles securely to the deck or they can break through the asphalt. You can imagine how catastrophic the result from this might be.