Do you have a flat roof? Did you know that converting flat roofs to pitched roofs comes with so many advantages? For instance, pitched roofs are less likely to leak. They are also a great way to update older looking homes and are relatively wear-and-tear resistant. Before starting a roofing project, it is crucial to ensure that multiple measurements are taken and the roof size and span are both calculated.
Measurements and Calculations
Before performing any comparison shopping, it is essential to ensure that the roof span reis calculated. Measure the entire roof from top-plate to top-plate is critical. When measuring your roof, make sure all over-hanging roof materials are measured and added to the overall total, then divide the figures you get by half. Properly taken measurements will let the homeowner know where his or her roof’s ridge will fall. It is also advisable that you think about the roofing materials that’ll be used. Since roofing materials like shingles, slate, tin, rubber composite, tile, and others are priced according to quality, durability, and functionality, it’ll be beneficial to have your roof’s measurements handy when shopping.
Apart from the traditional carpentry tools, DIYers should prepare to buy bridging materials, plywood, roof trusses, roofing nails, tar paper, and other devices, equipment and materials needed for the project to be successful. Pre-made roof trusses can be bought and delivered to project sites with relative ease. It is crucial that you have your roof calculations with you when shopping.
How to Convert
It is advisable that you always check your local building codes before you start a home-improvement project. Doing so will help you know if there are any rules and regulations for issues that could arise later. The first thing that needs to be done during any roofing conversion project is removing existing roofing materials. Once that is done, it’s time to tie down the new trusses on the existing wood. Have tarps on standby just in case it decides to rain since roof conversions can take several days or even weeks. Once they’ve removed the previous roofing material, most people find out that a substantial amount of wood in their roof is water-damaged and needs replacement. That is the best time to get rid of water-damaged or rotted wood. Once the new trusses are installed, it is time to re-sheath your roof. Remember to put tar paper down first. If it is still in good shape, a lot of people opt to re-sheath with the roofing material they removed. Always abide by local building code guidelines. And use the recommended fasteners.