DON’T Start Your Roofing Project Without a Blueprint

Things to Avoid in Residential Roofing Projects
Tip #3: Don’t Start Your Roofing Project Without a Blueprint


You wouldn’t embark on a cross-country road trip without a map or GPS system, would you? In the same vein, you don’t want to start a major roofing project that may entail new roof installation without a clear-cut blueprint to direct your steps.

The right blueprint will lead to a more successful roofing project.

When constructing a new roof or patio roof structure, it’s never recommended to “wing it”, even with prior roofing experience. A roof blueprint can be used to incorporate countless roof components into one solid structure.

Roofing blueprints include:

  • Roof Type
  • Roof Materials
  • Roof Ridge Covering
  • Roof Ventilation
  • Roof Overhang
  • Roof Pitch

It will be difficult, if not impossible, to pull off a new roof construction or installation without a comprehensive blueprint that takes into account all factors listed above.

For example, the pitch of a roof is critically important to shield a structure and involves detailed calculations. A roof pitch will be determined by the run and rise of a roof and angled to form the slope of a structure. Even a flat roof can have a slope of up to 10°.

The type of roof pitch in your blueprint will help you to determine which roofing materials you select.

Heavier roofing materials like clay and slate tile will need a steeper slope for support and proper overlay; roof pitch should also be adjusted to reduce snow load in colder climates to prevent water accumulation or collapse.

Creating Roof Blueprints

While it’s possible to create your own roof blueprint using software or online tools, this is a task that is often best left to the pros – especially for new roof construction.

Many roof designers and architects now create roof plans in 3-D. 3-D blueprints will provide a complete roof visualization that includes bridges, rakes, eaves, intersections, and runoff calculations for inclement weather conditions. A roof blueprint can also be used to diagram proper venting to protect a home or business from moisture buildup that can lead to mold growth.

A roof blueprint is a tool that you don’t want to leave home without.

Starting a new roofing project for both repair and installation without a proper blueprint can cause numerous setbacks to cost you time and money.

Don’t forget to check out the top 5 do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for every residential roofing project.

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