Having the correct roofing materials is perhaps the most important requirement in any attempt to roof a house. Any mistake in buying the materials could have been catastrophic in the long term efficiency of your project. If a contractor is going to do the work for you, then this simple rule applies to them as well.
So what materials do you need when putting on a new roof?
To do the project properly yourself, you will need to be sure of what these materials are, and how much you will need. How much is important because you do not want to have to waste time running back to the supply house when you find you did not buy enough. Be sure to take the advice of a major hardware store before proceeding to buy the materials. You can shop online if you prefer; there will still be a facility available for you to ask questions. The materials that you need are varied depending on the type of roof you plan to install and may include asphalt, stone, slate, clay tile, wood shingles, steel or metal, composite materials and plastics.
There are now a couple of options that you have to consider when buying the material to roof a house. You should first be aware that if you are working on a roof that is pre-existing, then the roof may be made up of asphalt shingles. It is doubtful that you will be able to replace these with clay or slate tiles. The reason for this is weight. The likelihood is that the original roof will not be able to accommodate the extra weight of clay or slate, and you would be taking a risk in continuing to build with either of those, since the building may collapse. But using asphalt is not too much of a problem anyway. These shingles will give solid protection without exposed to severe climate conditions.
Second, there is the possibility that you are choosing materials for a brand new building. Being a blank canvas, the decisions that you make here will determine the structure of the building. You must be very careful to weigh your options responsibly. If you chose your building materials solely according to how they will affect the appearance of the building then you may be making a terrible mistake. You have to take into account the climate of the area that you live in. If you live in northern areas of North America and you take a fancy to a European design, you may have to reinvent your building so that it can meet with the more severe climate.
Do not fear, though. There are modern materials available such as metal and composite imitation shingles that are a much lighter weight than their predecessors, and they are durable enough.
But no matter what the circumstances, you must ensure that you have quality materials so that your roof is durable after it is built. You do not want to have to replace the roof time and time again because the foundations that you laid were of a poor quality. Beside keeping your head dry, the rudimentary purpose of a roof is to protect the building underneath it. This is compromised with poor quality materials.