Most people, when it comes to constructing the roof of their buildings, are primarily concerned with either the cost or the aesthetics. Health is almost at the back burner sadly. It may interest you to know that even the shape of your roof can contribute to higher or lower energy consumption hence a proper roof plan and design goes a long way. It is also poignant to note that roofing forms one of the major components of build cost and 15 years after first installation, most roofs will need some love, care and possibly replacing. So, what could be your best roof care tips? Have a seat and let us take it step by step.
Have a Roof Plan
Did you know the pitch or shape of roof actually needs approval as per your building permits, hence any significant change to the shape or roof will need approval? Find out from the district or metropolitan offices the process and costs involved so you can plan far ahead as the cost involved could mean parting with a chunk of your savings. It is also advised that you consult several contractors for quotes, at least three different estimates that you can compare.
Examine Your Roof
For most people, the only time the roof of their home ever comes to mind is when the house showers get a cousins in other living spaces. It is only then that we might call a roof contractor to check for leaks etc. It is however advised, especially when roofs have gone beyond their 15 year shelf life to request a professional roof contractor to examine the exact state of the roof and recommend either repairs or complete overhaul. The last thing you want to do is to climb onto your roof, it is very dangerous with possibility of a cave in and injuring yourself, it’s best to leave that to the professionals.
Select a Roofing Material
So, when you have drawn your plan, had your roof examined and recommendations made, you will naturally have to select the material for the imminent overhaul. It’s easy to sit thousands of miles away and recommend a particular roof type, but since no one size fits all, you will have to consider a few factors before making your choice of material. Consider the current pitch of your roof, the climate you live in, your home style, and your budget. Some roofing materials to consider include stone-coated steel, slate, rubberized slate concrete etc.
Consider Finance Options
Finance options you say? Yes please! Unless you have an imposing roof, it is easy to forget that the roof forms a chuck of the construction budget so a complete overhaul will require substantial amount of money and while you may have saved and planned, sometimes there may be a roof wreck you may have been unprepared for hence you will need a few fall back options for a quick replacement. Consider home equity loans, home improvement loans from some of the mortgage finance houses around town.
The roof is an integral part of your house, it keeps your home and family safe, and so it is absolutely worth your time and investment. Shall we start planning?
The writer is the Executive director of Yecham Property Consult
& Founder of Ghana Green Building Summit.
Linkedin: Cyril Nii Ayitey Tetteh