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A Simple Guide on How to Build a Roof

Aug 9, 2008
The roof is one of the most important parts of any building structure, particularly for purposes of protecting someone or something from the harmful impacts of the heat, cold, and other outside factors. It refers to the top-most coverings of buildings, houses, and other structures, usually made out of wood, bricks, or even galvanized steel. In case of building new homes or making some important renovations to this vital part of the house, be sure to follow this simple guide in order to learn the different aspects of building a good and solid roof.

Before working on this task, ensure that all the necessary materials and tools are at hand to facilitate and keep the process smooth flowing all throughout. In terms of materials, be sure to have clips, fasteners for holding metals, and nails specifically designed for roofs. Rafter ties, tarpaper, and asphalt shingles also play special parts in the roof-making process. Be sure to bring in metal flashing, scaffolding, exterior plywood, drip edge, and pre-fabricated roof trusses.

Meanwhile, bringing these following tools can facilitate the roof-making process. A framing square, canvas nail belts, a framing hammer, a tape measure, and a claw hammer all play a big part in making roofs. Be sure to bring in some very helpful tools such as screwdrivers, carpentry level, nail puller, wrenches, and combination square. Felt-tipped pens or pencils, chalk line, ladders, hacksaw and drills are very important tools as well. Finish hammer, plumb bob, handsaw, string, and saw horses can make things much easier when creating a strong and solid roof. Additionally, never forget to bring in rest of the necessary tools such as the blueprints, insurance, nail set, tin nip, caulking gun, chisel, nail gun, staple gun, and clam.

After all the necessary materials and tools are set, start creating that beautiful roof by following these simple easy-to-use instructions:

1. The first step in the roof-making process is to align the rafters, ensuring that the both ends are in a position to reflect almost perfect straight lines. Lay out the construction map alongside with all the necessary tools and then start organizing the process.

2. After all the tools and materials are set up in their proper places, move on to the next step that is the application of sheets. From the roof ridge, apply the sheets starting from the lowest part upwards. Cut the sheets to meet the desired measurements of the roof. Arrange the rafters and sheathing line in a perpendicular position one from the other.

3. When all the sheets are set, the nailing process follows. To keep things organized, be sure to use codes to help remember where to put every nail.

4. Remember not to nail the rafters at the edges of the roof not unless the adjoining sheets are in their proper places.

5. Stabilize the roof by staggering the joints of the sheathing all throughout. To add better stability, put some extra metal clips into the splices.

6. Regularly check the alignment to maintain the strength and consistency of the roof. Now, that everything is in place, enjoy the cozy and comfortable feel within the privacy of your homes.
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