Your house deserves a simple but qualitative roof to prevent your pocket from leakages
The roof is the part of the building that forms a protective covering for the occupants. A well-designed roof enhances the quality of the building in terms of aesthetics and functionability, but becomes a drainpipe to the owner’s pocket if it is of poor quality.
A leaking roof can be quite a frustrating experience. Besides exposing occupants and property to the vagaries of rainwater, leakages can affect electrical installations and the walls.
Some of the existing roof types include gable, flat, hipped and pyramidal. But experts insist that the simpler the design of the roof, the better for the structure and its owner.
Cases of leakages have been blamed on landlords, as they (landlords) most times make choices without considering the financial implications of the longevity of the roof as well as its maintenance.
Investigations have revealed that designers usually do not disclose the intricacies of presumably complex roofs to clients and contractors.
To bring down cost, simplicity should be the watchword for every intending homeowner on how to go about roofing when putting up their buildings. Such a plan does not require much expertise to install and it requires fewer construction materials.
The type of materials would determine the cost of roofing, even as the need to draw a balance between materials considered to be cheap and those assumed to be affordable.
Take for example, the corrugated iron sheet is very cheap and affordable. But the cost of incessant replacements due to corrosion in a place where the weather condition is salty could be high. Also, cement fibre roofing sheet is for the middle class in terms of cost but requires some form of maintenance when there is a breakage.
The simple roof had proven to be problem-free and cost-saving in terms of construction materials and installation. The long-span aluminum-roofing sheet is durable and requires little maintenance.
Cost of the replacement of cement fibre roofing sheet and corrugated iron sheet in the long run could be the same as the cost of installing long-span aluminum roofing sheet. It is advisable to draw a balance here.
Owners of structures should adopt steep roof types instead of the flat roof because of the prevailing weather condition in the country. Steep roof protects wind action and enhances water runoff. The degree of every roof should not be less than 15. Flat roof encourages leakage as rainwater runs off slowly.
The choice of a roof depends on the client, while the concept is the responsibility of the architect. Details of installation of the chosen roof type must be put into consideration before execution.
The need to carry out the cost implication of every roof cannot be over-emphasized considering the prevalence of abandoned projects to shoddy preparations. There is the need to carry out a material survey on roofing products and to allow a cost expert to prepare the Bill of Quantity to know the total cost of the scheme before execution in order to avoid wastage.
The builder’s involvement at the design stage of the roof was imperative in order to harmonize the interest of the client and developer. From experience, the cost of executing a roof is always the problem. The client may not be able to know the cost implication of the project. Therefore, it is advisable to allow the input of the builder for the buildability and maintainability of the adopted roof.
Builders should adopt the value management concept in every construction project. This model had proven to cut cost globally.
At times, there are provisions made for some roof designs that are not necessary. To curb cost, value management will allow one to note this in order to avoid them and save cost. Acceptance of value management will help to modify the extra design.