Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Roof Maintenance - Repair Or New Installation?

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you're having problems with your roof, some maintenance work will be needed to prevent further damage and safeguard your house. Most importantly, you will need to decide which route you need to take – repair or new installation. A new installation will cost you more, but if the timing is right, it might save you more damage as shown in this article. Find out how to discern the right roof maintenance for your home.

How far is the damage extent?

Inspecting damage on your roof can be a tricky affair. While it is possible to look for broken tiles or lose shingles in a visual manner, inspecting leaks will need a different aspect. You will have to look underneath your roofing to see if there are signs of moisture or leaking below the roofing felt. Even if the leakage hasn't passed into your attic, moisture accumulated under the roofing could cause mold and decay of your roofing. Getting a professional contractor to carry out an inspection can give you a better perspective of what you're against.

If your roof damage covers certain portions of your roof, a repair job will suffice. Leakage and rotting problems on the other hand are trickier, as these can spread over your roof if not detected early. A professional should be in a position to advise you accordingly. If the damage is extensive, getting a new roof entirely might be a sound option. Note that if the damage has spread below the roofing, you may need to repair the felt and the affected roofing support structure as well.

What's your roof's lifespan?

Different roofing materials have varying life spans. Shingles last an average of 20 years while metal can last an average of 50 years. As expected, different climatic conditions will greatly influence this factor. The importance of the lifespan is to gauge whether your roof is near the end of its usefulness. Your roof may be experiencing wear that will continue in the coming years, costing you expensive repairs and an eventual re-roofing. If your roof needs extensive repairs and is already through three-quarters of its life span, getting a new installation may be a good investment.

Do you wish to upgrade or change the look of your roof?

Lastly, as you go about deciding how to handle your roof, weigh in the options of getting a new roof type altogether. Remember, if your roof is ten years or older, chances are that there are plenty of newer and more sophisticated options in the market you could upgrade to. You may also simply want to change your roofing type due to aesthetics and opt for metal roofing or asphalt shingles instead.

Whatever decision you come to, be sure to seek a professional opinion as well as professional installation by a company like D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc., to ensure your new roof lasts longer than the last one. 

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18 September 2014