What you should know before installing your roof

By Shabibah Nakirigya

Structures lose shape and beauty towards completion due to poor roofing planning. This has consequences for many landlords, who ultimately incur more costs. Some buildings collapse, others look weird.

Selection of the right material

Mr Mutyaba Edris, a builder, says that one of the crucial things to consider is the selection of the right material and this includes material quality, price and longevity of the material, especially the wooden maxpanda and iron plates.

“You should go window shopping at different hardware stores to compare prices and qualities on the market. Some retailers don’t want to sell their real products first. Instead, they market the poor quality so they sell their stock,” he says

Mr. Mutyaba recommends that if possible, take your contractor with you to choose the best quality according to your budget.

“Some people mainly opt for the commercial constructions for metal roofing. Metals are very authentic and last longer than the wooden roofing. Although these latest materials are more expensive than the old-fashioned type, it is better to consider their longevity,” he says

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Mutyaba advises homeowners to carefully consider the pros and cons of each roofing material depending on the type of construction and design, and this is best done by an expert.

“When choosing the roofing material, decide whether it is intended to replace the roof or make repairs. Fixing is cheaper than replacing and if possible use materials that are easy to repair, even if it is more expensive,” he says.

Study the condition of the roof frame

Measure the condition of your roof frame before installing the roof to ensure there are no defects such as leaking or missing pins as this can affect the life of your roof.

“It is advisable to cover your home immediately after installing your frame to prevent material degradation from overexposure to the weather,” he says.

He adds that if you notice a defect in your frame, you should fix it before installing your roof. Inspect your plywood or construction safety nets if they are loose or broken and replace them immediately.

“When examining your roof frame, first check the appearance of some of the roof material to determine if a change is needed. This helps identify the fault before it’s too late and also extends the life of your roof,” he says

Have a budget

Have a final budget that covers everything you need to have your roof in place and make sure you and the contractor are on the same page.

“The budget includes; framing, painting, repairing and hiring additional staff if necessary. Sometimes contractors put off work because they want to be paid extra. But if they know your budget and understand that you’re sticking to it, they’ll just stick to the agreed schedule,” he says.

Mutyaba adds that you have the right to ask any questions about the process to make sure you understand what the technicians are doing to avoid making mistakes that cannot be undone.

“You need to make sure the mechanic you hired has a work permit and a letter from the contractor’s insurance company in case there is any damage. He (or she) should also confirm that he has expertise in what he is doing to avoid sloppy work at the end,” he says.

He adds that since the roofing won’t take long, you’ll have to agree and pay a commitment fee to the builder, and then the balance will be paid when the work is done.

“It’s very hard to complain about a mistake when you’ve made the entire payment. Make sure you do an inspection on time while the technician is still on site, so that nothing gets stuck,” advises Mutyaba.

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Source: bigrentz.com

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