Factors to Consider When Re-thatching Your Roof
Roofs protect houses from animals and the elements such as rain, sun, snow or heat. It has a long history and evolved to its present form today. Men have used different forms of roof such as wood, straw, mud, down to modern day roofing styles. Just like other parts of a house, they require regular re-thatching; which is simply the repair, refurbishing, remodeling of an existing thatch on a roof. It may be done for the purpose of adding beauty to an existing building or just to enhance the aesthetics of a structure. Thatched roofing is said to be the most common roofing material in the world because it can be readily available.
There are three main parts of a roof; external features, internal structure, and its outer covering. In determining the type of material to be used to cover old roofs, consideration should be given to the area the house is located and its age. Historical roof coverings include shingles, clay tile and thatch. Replacing roof coverings must be done properly. This is due to the fact that the process could become an inconvenience and the cost implication can be high.
There are various reasons to re-thatch the roof coverings of old houses. It may be due to the corrosion of nails used in holding the slates or slips. Whenever a roof needs to be re-thatched, consideration should be given to providing good ventilation which allows the roof space to ‘breathe.’ Every culture has its own unique thatching tradition and it is recommended that you maintain the same type of thatching material when re-thatching.
It is also good to seek professional advice before you replace the roof of your house. This would save you costs and loss of materials. This is the part which provides a support for the covering. It is an important part of every roof. Some historic roof structures have stood the test of time with some lasting for over 100 years.
It is good to maintain the existing roof structure and the old roof timbers. The most important are the roof trusses and the purlins. You would need to also look at the various external features of the roof and ensure that you maintain and fix them. This will enhance the beauty of the entire structure.
You will need to also find out the regulations about fixing thatched roofing in the city where you live to determine the extent to which you could alter features of the building. These regulations vary from one country to another, while in some areas they don’t even exist but there is no harm in enquiring from the local authorities. The source of the re-thatching and availability are very important; understand this before embarking on this important project.
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