Garage roofing isn’t that different from regular roofing. The best way to do it is with a contractor, but if you’re really interested in roofing your detached garage yourself, this article should help with that. However, please consider the safety of yourself, your family, and your belongings. You will have precious memories and your car(s) in that garage, and it’s important to make sure your roof is secure, safe, and not liable to fall apart. The best thing you can do is call a professional roofer such as Accord Construction Inc. if you don’t know what you’re doing.
That being said, here are a few tips to help you while you’re roofing your garage. This guide should make it easy, but if you have any questions, call us. We are here to help.
Roofing Your Garage
The first thing you’ll need to do is plan out what you want. Do you want a low pitched roof? A flat pitched roof? A high pitched roof? Flat roofs will gather more dirt, leaves, and moss. Pitched roofs are easier to clean since the angular design allows to debris to fall off it. This also helps deal with drainage or buildups of water and/or snow. If you are working with a contractor you can ask them for advice to see what style of roof they’d think work best for your garage’s roof.
What materials do you want to work with?
This will very much depend on your answer to the other question. Depending on the pitch of your roof, some materials will work better with some roof pitches than others.
If you decided to choose a flat pitched roof, then you could probably use black rubber sheet material which can easily last up to 50 years if it’s fitted correctly. There are other options for flat pitched roofs including self-adhesive, torch down, modified bitumen and cold cemented roll roofs.
Some materials that would work well with pitched roofs, high pitched or low pitched, include asphalt shingles, and metal sheeting amongst other materials, that have all been covered in a previous blog post, but those materials are easiest to install if you are looking to do the roof yourself. It might be best to talk to a contractor to determine what kind of roof material would work best on your garage. If the garage is attached to the house, then you’ll probably want to match the house’s roof materials and style. If it is a detached roof, you may still want to stick to the materials of the house, or at least the aesthetic, such as the same color, pitch, etc.
Once you have completed all your garage roofing decisions, from the materials to the pitch, you’ll need to start putting the roof together.
As we have stated before, we hope you are using a professional contractor in order to build your garage’s roof correctly. Either way, after you’re done roofing and even during the roofing, you’ll need to make sure to check for any damage that may have been incurred while the roof was being built. Check for issues in the materials you’ll be using. Make sure there are no cracks or tears or rips – everything should be perfectly sound. Review the materials before using the roof, and check in with the builders or contractors, if you are working with them, to see if everything is going well.
After the garage roof is built, make sure it is inspected by a professional, no matter if you decided to have it professionally done or not. Inspections are an important part of roof maintenance and should be done regularly for all roofs. If you are interested in building your garage roof yourself, you should definitely read up on all the practices and have someone with you who has done it before, whether a professional or a friend.
At Accord Construction, our prices are reasonable and we are available to help you through the roofing process, no matter if you need a new roof for your home or just your detached garage. If you would like it if we inspected your roof for any possible issues, our company is fully licensed and certified and ready to help you with any claims. We’re want to help you achieve your dream roof for your home and/or detached garage. Call us at (405) 302-5520 to learn more or to arrange a consultation.