Roofing

Installing Wooden Roof Shingles

Roofing or re-roofing a building is a big undertaking. While there’s no reason at all why a competent DIY home enthusiast can’t accomplish the task, if you’ve no experience of roofing a building with wooden shingles before; it might be a good idea to start by re-roofing a garage or other smaller out-building first.

Roofing a property is hard work and does require you to be constantly aware of your own working safety. That said if you’ve got the tools and got the right mental attitude, accomplishing this DIY job could give you immense personal satisfaction.

Equipment and Safety

How to Thatch a Roof

Thatched Roof Adare IrelandThatching a roof is actually not as complex as it sounds and you can do it yourself without consulting a roofing expert. After all, there was often nobody in that profession to help villagers in rural England when they made their own roofs a few centuries ago. As long as you are prepared and ready to devote a lot of time and effort to the process, there is no reason you cannot do it yourself.

Materials

Heated Gutter

If you live where it snows and the temperature goes below freezing, you may well want to look at installing a heated gutter; otherwise, you can wind up with roof leaks from what is called an ice dam. This occurs when the snow and ice on the roof melt and go into the gutters, then this re freezes and as it does the water backs up under the shingles on the roof and when the water melts it goes to the inside causing a roof leak that can ruin ceilings and walls fairly fast.

The solution to this is either gutter tape which you plug in to electricity to keep the gutters from freezing, or to install completely new gutters with the heating elements built into them.

Installing Heat Tape

Residential Solar Power Roofing Systems

As eco-friendly solutions to energy conservation make their way into the public sphere, the idea of solar power – although the concept has been around for quite some time – has recently become a more viable option for homeowners looking to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint. However, there are still many questions being asked about residential solar power roofing systems, and whether one of these systems is right for you depends on a number of factors.

Photovoltaic Roof Shingles Tips

With the recent trend toward concern about the environment and energy conservation, homeowners are now looking for ways to reduce their energy costs and utilize more environmentally-friendly solutions when it comes to building projects. Photovoltaic roof shingles are one method of energy cost offset that has recently come into the public eye as a viable solution.

The idea is to harness solar power when it can be accumulated, while also providing the same level of weather-resistance and aesthetic appeal that typical roof shingles have.