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Types of roofing shingles

Whether you are building brand new roof or re-roofing the old one, you should carefully choose roofing material. Since there are so many different types of roofing shingles on the market, consider all options before making final decision. You might think that the price of the roofing material is the most important thing but it is not. Of course, you will choose roofing shingles within your budget but few other things must be taken under consideration. First one is weather conditions. Roofing shingles must be able to withstand climate conditions in your area. You can’t use the same types of roofing shingles for cold weather with lots of snow and ice and for hot or humid climate. Life span of the material is also very important. It is better to buy more expensive material that will last longer than cheaper one with shorter life expectancy. You must maintain properly your roof if you want it to last long. You should learn everything about the maintenance before purchasing the shingles. If they require complicated and expensive maintenance, reconsider.

You can choose among these types of roofing shingles: asphalt shingles, slate, wood shingles, clay tile shingles, concrete shingles and metal roof shingles.

Asphalt shingles are most commonly used roofing material. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colors (grey, blue, brown, black and green).

This is very durable and long lasting material; life span is between 20 and 30 years. Asphalt shingles are very strong and resistant to fire and water. They are inexpensive roofing material which makes them so popular. Most of the homes in the United States have asphalt shingles on their roofs.

Unlike asphalt shingles, slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials but it has excellent characteristics. It has very long life expectancy, around 150 years, it is resistant to water, fire and insects. Natural slate comes in grey, green, purple or green-grey color. This is high quality material with superb aesthetics. But if you want all the advantages of true slate for less money, choose synthetic slate. It doesn’t require additional roof support like natural slate.

Wood shingles are usually made of cedar wood. There are cedar shakes and shingles. Shingles are thinner and have smooth surface.

Cedar shingle roofs look really beautiful and rustic. They last 40 years or more but only if properly and regularly cleaned and maintained. However, they are not fireproof.

Clay tile shingles are excellent choice for hot climate because they are natural temperature regulator. They don’t absorb so much sun’s heath like other materials and that helps your home to stay cool in the summer. Clay tiles are very resistant and durable roof material. Although their natural color is red, you can find them in other colors and many different shapes and sizes, depending on the house style.

Concrete tiles used to contain asbestos for fire protection in the past. Today, asbestos is no more in use because it’s dangerous for the health. Tiles Concrete tile roofs are very durable an d long lasting. They are resistant to fire, water and extreme temperatures and require little maintenance.

Metal roof shingles can be made of copper, aluminum or steel. They are resistant to fire, mildew and insects and last up to 50 years. They are expensive but require little maintenance. Standing seam roofing is most common today.

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How to lay a deck

If this is your first time doing this, there’s a good chance you’re just perusing the internet looking to get a feel of whether or you want to learn how to lay decking.

Trust me, having done this for quite some time, it’s a pretty simple process if you have a visual schematic to work off of. Even if you’re not a “handy” person don’t get discouraged by all the fancy jargon that is out there.

If you want to learn how to lay decking, you’ll want to focus more on the visual aspect, in other words, try to get your hands on a visual schematic before you begin any construction. I offer free/paid schematics at my site in the box below, if you’re just starting out, the free ones should suffice.

Try to start small if this is your first time, remember, if you choose a simple schematic you can always build upon it, but don’t forget to follow the basics and avoids traps that are irreversible (e.g not laying a weed mat down).

Anyways, let’s get started on how to lay decking!

The first thing you’ll want to do is get a string line so you can measure out your deck area, be sure to do this accurately as it will be your guide for where you’re going to dig your post holes. For the experts, I would definitely look into the 3,4,5 method, but remember, as I said earlier, if you keep your deck area simple (square), you won’t need to fret.

The next thing you’ll want to do is to attach your deck(ledger) to your home, it’s VERY important that your ledger is level, make sure you’re using a spirit level. Use carriage bolts and washers to fasten it.

Now comes the grunt work of the entire process, digging the post holes. You’ll want to make sure they’re at least 600mm deep, now it might not seem that difficult to dig a few post holes, but this can be difficult if this is your first time doing it or you’re physically weaker. If that’s the case, hop on over to your local hardware store and look into getting a hole borer, might run you 50 or so dollars, but it’ll save you a ton of physical and mental stress.

Your deck will start taking shape now, you’ll start laying out your beams and again, if it’s your first time, you can lay them right on top of the posts.

And that’s it, that wasn’t too bad right? Easier said than done, again, once you have a visual schematic you’ll have a much easier time processing all this information. But that’s it in a nutshell, once you have your deck completed, you can start enjoying those summer nights!

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