Many homeowners have difficulty choosing a roofing material. Usually, we build a house once in a lifetime, so we do not have enough experience and knowledge about the properties of roofing materials, and we can make a mistake when choosing them. There are many of these materials, they are all different in quality and price.
Every contractor is interested in:
- reliability of the future roof
- safety (this includes environmental friendliness, non-flammability)
- simplicity of installation
- manufacturability of installation
- aesthetic appearance.
For the basic material, it is necessary to buy accessories and additional elements of a roof. These are:
- roofing films (vapor barrier and superdiffusion membrane)
- self-tapping screws on metal or wood
- dormer windows.
Their quality will directly affect the quality of the finished roof of the house, as well as its service life.
Each type of roofing material requires “its” set of components. Sometimes the cost of these components can exceed the cost of the coating.
Therefore, such a choice is an important issue that requires a competent approach.
What should you pay particular attention to?
1. Professional seller advice
A good option if you find an honest and professional seller, that is well versed in the field, who values his buyer, and wants to help him.
In this case, you really get professional advice on the selection, properties, product quality, warranty conditions.
But if you are not very lucky with the seller, you can buy not what you expected, and learn about it only a few years…
2. Rely on the advice of the builder
From experience, roofers are well versed in the profiling of roofing material, for example, it is much more difficult to mount a problem metal tile or a professional flooring than normally profiled.
However, not all roofers will delve into other important parameters of materials, for the simple reason that they do not affect the work they do.
But the durability of your roof depends on these parameters. Such parameters include:
- galvanizing class
- warranty conditions
- quality of roofing material packaging
- quality of components, etc.
At the same time, there are often builders that do not know the basic rules of installation of roofing materials, make mistakes during installation, which are can be very expensive for customers.
Before relying on the advice of the builder you want to hire, check his competence, look at his portfolio, certificates of training in installation technology.
It is also convenient to involve a seller of roofing material to assess the knowledge of your roofer.
3. View recommendations, as well as reviews of these materials on the Internet
Definitely worth doing. It is especially worth studying the composition, characteristics of materials, purpose, the possibility of using this material for a particular roof structure.
Pay attention not only to the aesthetic component but also to important technical indicators. Keep in mind that information on the Internet is not always objective, it should be critically evaluated.
The best solution when choosing a roofing material for your home – to combine all three ways: find a good builder on the recommendation, talk to one or more possible suppliers, and then look at the information, photos on the Internet.
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