1. Roofing Materials
Your roofing materials should be able to withstand extreme weather conditions and harsh elements. If not, then they may need replacing at some point, especially if they have been exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. You should ask your contractor about their recommendations before selecting any type of material. Your roofing contractor should be able to give you a good idea of what type of roofing material would work best for your home.
2. Roof Pitch
The pitch of your roof refers to its angle. A roof with a steeper pitch will shed water faster than a roof with a shallower pitch. But keep in mind that a steeply pitched roof will also collect snow more easily. So it is recommended that you choose a roof pitch that works well for the climate where you live. In cold climates, roofs with a steeper pitch may help prevent ice buildup inside your house.
3. EPDM vs TPO
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) and TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) roofing materials are both great options. Both types of roofing materials are resilient, strong, and durable. But there are differences between them. EPDM roofing requires less maintenance and is cheaper than TPO roofing. On the other hand, TPO roofing is much stronger than EPDM roofing. And unlike EPDM roofing, TPO roofing does not require painting.
4. Metal Railing Systems
Metal railing systems are great alternatives to wood railings. These metal railing systems are sturdy, beautiful, and versatile. They are also very affordable. However, if you live in a place with lots of rain, you may want to consider installing a wooden railing system instead of a metal one. Wooden railings do not last as long as metal ones.
5. Plywood Vs OSB
Plywood is commonly used in commercial building construction. However, plywood is not ideal for residential applications due to its flimsiness. Instead, use OSB (oriented strand board) or similar products for your home’s exterior siding. These boards are extremely strong and resistant to moisture damage. Plus, they are easier to install and maintain compared to plywood.
6. Waterproofing Solutions
If you live in a wet location, make sure to apply waterproofing solutions to your roof. This will help protect your roof from leaks and minimize the possibility of mold and mildew. There are many different kinds of waterproofing solutions, including asphalt-based coatings, tar-based coatings, plastic coatings, and silicone coatings. Ask your contractor for recommendations on the right kind of coating for your roof.
7. Roof Cleaning Products
Cleaning your roof regularly is essential to maintaining its beauty. Cleaning your roof is just as important as cleaning your gutters and downspouts. There are several different types of roof cleaning products available today, including sprayers, rollers, brushes, and chemical cleaners. Before choosing a roof cleaner, make sure to read reviews online and ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors who own homes with slate roofs.
Tips for fastening sheets of roofing material together
Use a roofing nail gun/gun, or a hand drill to place roofing nails where they belong. Make sure the roofing nails aren’t touching each other. If you put the nails closer together, the seams will split soon after being installed. Use roofing staples instead of screws. Screws tend to rust out over time. Staple holes will close, preventing water leaks. Cover the roof with plastic to protect it from moisture. Use silicone caulk between the overlapping edges of two pieces of roofing material. Silicone caulking is low maintenance and does not require much attention. Seal cracks and crevices inside the house with waterproof sealants. These products are sold at home improvement stores.