A building’s roof is an integral part of the building itself. It provides protection from various elements, provides insulation and adds to the building aesthetics.
There are various types of roofs, but they can be considered a subset of the two major categories: The Flat roof and sloped roof. Examples of roof types include Gable, Hip, Gambrel, Shed and Flat roofs (flat roofs are pitched at an angle to allow water to run off).
The roof is a combination of multiple functional units; you need to know the basic parts of a roof before trying to building one. The following should give you clear details on each part of a roof.
Before embarking on building your roof like a king, prioritize your safety and of those around you. Safety equipment should be used. Building a roof according to this DIY requires basic carpentry tools and skillset. To ensure the successful building of your roof, and to prevent unnecessary stress, the materials and tools listed below should be gotten beforehand. Also, you need to be mentally prepared for the task.
Once you’ve got the materials and tools listed above, and you’re mentally prepared, you can begin building your roof. Just follow the steps below:
Determine the number of materials needed to build a roof. This can be done quickly by using a roofing calculator.
Using a prefabricated roof truss is the fastest and easiest way to build a roof, you might need a crane to hoist it. Or you can build a basic frame yourself by following these steps:
After the erection of frames, you install the sheathing lengthwise, working up from the bottom, starting from the corner and moving across. Moving up to the next row, start from the same end and make sure the sheathing is staggered.
This will direct rainwater into the gutter, thereby protecting the bottom part of the sheathing.
The roof cover is installed lengthwise, in the same manner as the underlayment and sheathing. The covering should be staggered and should overlap. After installing on both sides, cover the ridge with ridge cap, overlapping on either side.
There you have successfully built a roof all by yourself. Before undergoing building a roof by yourself, ensure your plans conform to the local building codes. Also, get the proper permits before construction. Consider the safety of your neighbors and their properties, and yourself.
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