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Hip Roofing

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Hip roof is a type of roofing, which shows a different image than that of other roofing methods. Hip roofing is such a type of roof which slides downward the house consist of a gentle slope. A hip roof is shaped like a pyramid. Hip roof is a rectangular roof having four equal sides with the same kind of slope. It is very much help full in high rainfall areas because of its four sides of sloppy roof the water gets accumulated easily and the problem of drainage does not arises. Hip roof is difficult to build as compared to other methods of roofing. Because as gabled roofing has only four direct sloppy sides but in hip roofing a square surface is prepared first at the top of the roof and supporting to it the equal sides of the roof are prepared. The installation of hip roofing is more expensive and time consuming.

Hip roofing is commonly seen in bungalows and cottages. It is wind, water, snow resistant. Not only of a particular structure but hip roofing is also designed in different structures according to the client’s requirements. Hip roofing is comparatively more efficient for obstructing the heavy windy climate. It is considered as the most durable roofing method. No doubt its installation charges are more but if the owner of the house wants their house to be perfect and well maintained than they will place the hipped roofing method considering as a one time investment.

Hip roofing provides more of ventilation areas in the house. It also provides with the additions that if further the owner wants to change any aspect in it than he can make changes according to his preference. For high wind areas and strong stormy regions, hip roofing is the best recommended roofing method. Hip roofing has more complex structure to design so more of labor and material is used in building it.

Proper maintenance must be taken of the roofing to avoid high ware and tear. A proper measuring must be done by the contractor for building the hip roofing that how much material will be used, what materials will be used, costing of the materials so that it helps the contractor to estimate the time and the amount of constructing the hip roofing. Hip roofing does not require any support of external element because it is self bracing. There are more possibilities of water leaks as compared to gable roofing. Hip roofing is frequently used by the modern architectures for constructing the perfect look of roofing for the people.

The common types of hipped roofing are:

  1. Pyramid hip roof

Pyramid hip roof is a roof style which has four equal sides connected to the edges of the house. Other word used for pyramid hip roofing is pavilion hipped roof. This type of roofing is typically seen on small bungalows and houses.

 

  1. Cross hipped roof

The cross hipped roofing has very interesting structure. It intersects at two hip sections. Cross hipped roofing is used in the houses which has complex structures and has many intersection points in their roof.

 

  1. Half hipped Roof

A half hip roof is the combination of both gable roofing and hip roofing. Half hip roofing has its two sides shortened at the edges.

Advantages of Green Roofs

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Green roof is a very essential concept. It is advantageous to many in varied ways. Here are some of the advantages of green roofs.

Life span of roof increases

Roof is such a place which is in direct contact of the sunlight. Thus roof is directly affected by the ultraviolet rays and temperature change. The roof is affected by high thermal fluctuations on its upper layer and in extreme circumstances; it can range from 50C to 100C. Green roofs were originally created in Germany during 1880s when it was very difficult to cover bitumen with sand to protect it from fire. And thus concept of green roof came into existence. It saves the roof from sun and extends the life of roof. It expands the life of waterproofing layer under the green roof by creating a barrier which saves the waterproofing from damage.

  • Reduce use of energy

Green roofs are very energy efficient. Green roofs are proved to act positively on the energy consumption of the building by improvising the roofs thermal performance. Those roofs which are not properly insulated leads to overheating of the roof and house during summers. On a contrary during winters it gets badly cool requiring you to install various heating devices. Going for green roof saves you from both overheating and over cooling. The use of artificial gadgets for cooling and heating is reduced by installing green roof in the house. Those gravel roofs which are unvegetated are almost 21c more heated as compared to vegetated roofs. Planted roofs have low temperature and are comparatively cooler as compared to unplanted roofs.

  • Increase biodiversity and wildlife

It is not possible to directly replace the ground based habitats by installing green roofs. It is also neither a part of ground level green corridor. Green roofs can be taken in a way of stepping stones for wildlife and if thoroughly thought it can house a variety of flora and fauna on the traditional green roofs. The type of green roof decides the type of species depending upon the plant life and substrate they carry. Those roofs which are formed to imitate specified number of plants or animals are considered as bio diverse roofs. The design and plan of green roofs should be designed according to the regionality to meet up with the local biodiversity needs.

  • Improving air and water quality

Air quality can be improved by planting more in the city. Thus green roofs are such a beautiful way to improve air quality. Green roof reduces the level of air polluting particles and compounds and cleans the air. We all are aware of the fact that plants inhale carbon dioxide and gives up oxygen in the air. Similarly green roof decreases the heat island effect which is the actual cause of ozone production. Green roof removes airborne particles, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds. Green roof absorbs these particles and thus it does not spread in the water saving the water from deterioration. A single green roof is not much effective but an area of a city that too big enough area can affect the air quality at an great extent.

Signs of Roof Getting Damaged

Monday, March 10th, 2014

It is very common that everything has its extinct age, at some point everything is going to be exhaust and people will have to be ready for that thing to be damaged. Construction is such thing which will be over or get its life exhausted. Roofing is also considered for the same. Every roofing method which is installed in top surface of your home will be having its life and it is going to be replaced. There are different signs which will help you to know about the roof which is damaged or going to be damaged. If your roof is very old, like 10 to 15 years old, it will show you the damages which are going to be listed below in this article. The list of damage which can take place in your roof are as under.

Signs of Damage:

  • Flashing is the main element which is placed on the surface of the roof before installing the roof. No matter which roofing method it is, flashing is placed because it helps the home from the drainage or the leaks in the roof due to any damage. If your roof is damaged due to reinforce flashing than it will appear on the roof. The roof will get pealed at the areas near the chimneys or the ventilation regions on the roof which indicated that the roof is getting damaged and it needs to be fitted.
  • Another damage indication is the curling issue on the roof. Any area on the roof is buckled up or bumped up a little than it shows that the roof is damaged. It can take place due to improper installation of roof, improper ventilation in the roofing area, etc. curling of shingles on the surface of the roof can also indicate the roofing damage and to fix the same.
  • After a certain time the roofing has its life and it cannot be new all the year. Algae, black stains, etc are accumulated on the roof which creates damage on the roof. This stains gives a bad appearance to the roof. so it is the sign that the roof is getting damaged and the growth of algae and the moss on the roof must be removed from the roof of the house.
  • Sometimes due to uneven or unwanted weather the roof shingles gets torn and damaged. This shingles will further lead to damage the surface of the roof, the flashing of the roof. It indicated that the roof is getting damaged and it is needed to be repaired or replaced. This cracked shingles can create water drainage from the roof to the living area of the home.
  • Water damage is another sign which will give you the idea regarding the roof is damaged because in the ceiling spots of the roof the water will get leaked constantly and this can create water drainage issues for the homeowners. If this situation is observed, the homeowners should verify the attic area or the ventilation region in the roofing space. For not developing the rigorous situation these leaks should be closed or disposed off for not getting into a large expense of maintaining your roof.

Residential Reroofing

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

You have to consider several factors while deciding for a reroofing. When you roof is more than 20 years old and have developed serious damages like curling, bald, missing and other wears and tears just find ways to manage the damages to provide your roof both longevity and strength. If your roof has withstood severe climactic hazards just make sure to take care of the sagging parts of the roof. If there is leakage try to fix it up. Take help of someone who has the right knowledge about reroofing.

Your contractor should be a certified person or else things can surely go for a toss. Before reroofing is done a proper inspection of the area is absolutely essential. Most contractors would suggest a reroofing over the already existing shingles. Never go for this option. Have a proper removal of the entire roof and then opt for a rework of the construction. Along with these there are other tips to follow as well. Take into account all necessary suggestions for a constructive residential reroofing.

Tips for Improving Your Roof

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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There are many things that can be gathered on the roof and you need to remove these things if you want to improve the life of your roof. This article gives you some guidelines on what you are supposed to do and check and also gives you some important safety precautions when removing this debris that collects in the roof.

Gutters – They drain water off the roof and should be the first thing that you need to check. If the gutters are blocked, water will run along the walls and you may get your home damaged.
Downspouts – These are responsible for bringing the water down the ground level and you need to make sure that they are not blocked as well.
Roof surface – The roof itself might collect debris as well and if left, can collect water that damages the roof.
Shakes and shingles – You need to check the spaces that are between the shingles for any debris and you need also to be careful when removing because you may damage the roof.

Why Use GRP for Roofing Features?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Construction, Roofing, Home, Office,Glass reinforced polyester (GRP) is a light, durable and tough constructional material which can be molded and fabricated into all manner of products. It is a composite of a resilient durable resin with an immensely strong fibrous glass. Polyester resin is used as the main component and is reinforced with glass fibers to form GRP.

The characteristics of a very strong and light weight construction material are particularly relevant when designing roofing features. GRP is chemically inert and corrosion-resistant and it also offers high levels of water resistance and will not buckle or distort in high temperatures. However, the greatest advantage of GRP over conventional materials is that it can be designed as a whole self supporting structure that can also be easily lifted into position and installed using minimum man power.

Using GRP thus saves time and reduces installation costs and maintenance fees making it an excellent roofing material.