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How to prepare for your roofing project
A re-roofing project can be a major undertaking, but with the right approach, it can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to maintain your outdoor buildings from the elements.
Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or a first-time roofer, here are 10 best practices to keep in mind when tackling a summer re-roofing project.
Before you begin any re-roofing project, take the time to plan out the project from start to finish. This can include creating a timeline, determining the necessary materials and tools, and identifying any potential challenges that may arise during the project. A solid plan will help ensure that the project stays on track and that you have the resources you need to complete it successfully.
Safety should always be your top priority when working on a re-roofing project. This means taking steps to protect yourself, such as wearing protective wear like gloves, eye goggles, and a hard hat. Additionally, make sure to use appropriate equipment, such as scaffolding or ladders, to ensure your safety while working at heights.
Check the Weather Forecast
Before starting any re-roofing project, check the weather forecast to ensure you have a stretch of dry weather ahead. Wet or damp roofing materials can be dangerous to work with and can cause damage to your roof. Additionally, working in hot weather can be challenging, so plan your work schedule accordingly.
Remove the Old Roofing Materials Properly
Removing the old roofing materials is an essential step in any re-roofing project - unless you are installing our roofing sheets over felt in which case you may be able to keep the old roof in place. Remove any old nails or screws, and dispose of the old materials in a safe and responsible manner. Make sure to take care not to damage the roof decking in the process.
Check for Damage
Before installing the new roofing materials, take the time to inspect the roof decking for any signs of damage or decay. Repair any damage as necessary to ensure a solid foundation for the new roofing system.
Use High-Quality Materials
Choosing high-quality roofing materials can help ensure the longevity and performance of your new roof. Research! Research! Research! Yes! Do your research as it's your biggest asset for any re-roofing project. Consider using materials that are designed to withstand the elements and offer superior durability.
Onduline ensures all roofing products are of a high quality, here are some traits our roofing sheets have in common. Each are:
- Lightweight and watertight
- Weatherproof - they can withstand snow, heavy rain and heat
- Noise-reducing - keeping sounds in and out
- Easy to install - no specialist tools are required
- Made with roughly 50% recycled fibres
- Free from asbestos and hazardous substances
- Free from metal - will not rust or corrode
- Can be installed on top of an existing felt roof
- Can be installed on both wooden and metal building frames
- Virtually maintenance-free - clearing debris will be the only task for years to come.
Properly Install Flashing
Flashing is a crucial component of any roofing system, as it helps prevent leaks around areas such as chimneys and vents. Make sure to properly install flashing during your re-roofing project to ensure a watertight seal. Use high-quality materials and follow proper installation techniques to achieve the best possible outcome. View our Apron Flashing via Wickes.
Pay Attention to Ventilation
Proper ventilation is key for maintaining a healthy and functional roofing system. During your re-roofing project, pay attention to ventilation and install vents as necessary to help regulate the temperature inside your home and prevent moisture build up. Proper ventilation can also help improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.
Follow Legitimate Installation Techniques
To ensure the best possible outcome for your re-roofing project, make sure to follow proper installation techniques. Consult the manufacturer's instructions when installing your roofing materials and seek advice from a professional if you have any questions or concerns. Proper installation techniques can help ensure that your new roofing system performs as intended and lasts for years to come.
Clean Up Properly
Once the re-roofing project is complete, take the time to clean up properly. Remove any debris from the job site and dispose of it in a safe and responsible manner. Proper clean-up will help ensure that your home is left looking its best and that there are no safety hazards left behind.
Ready to start your roofing project?
By following these 10 best practices, you can help ensure a successful re-roofing project this summer. Remember to plan, prioritise safety and use high-quality materials. We hope you have found this round-up of our top 10 best practices useful. Maybe you’re now ready to get started on re-roofing your outdoor building? Don’t forget our lightweight and easy-to-install roofing can be purchased via Amazon, Wickes, and a host of independent retailers nationwide. Head to our stockist locator here to find your nearest supplier.
Also, if you have any questions about our roofing, our team will be happy to help, you can contact us by calling 0207 727 0533 or emailing [email protected].