The time has come for you to renovate your home! You’re already dreaming about the new tiling in the bathroom. But first, let’s see how you can protect yourselves and let’s talk about your roof. Here are 10 critical points that you need to think about when renovating.
1 – Figure out your budget
Before starting any work, you need to figure out the budget that you can allocate! This will be a determining factor in the materials you choose.
2 – Asbestos inspection
If you reside in the Vaud canton, the law stipulates that an asbestos inspection must be carried out on your home before any work begins. If asbestos is found in your home, this toxic waste must be removed and the cost will be borne by the home-owner.
3 – The condition of your framework
The framework of your home is traditionally made from wood. Is it healthy? Is the wood in good condition? Is it still leaktight? If the framework is healthy and in good condition then this is a good working basis. The life expectancy of your framework governs the life expectancy of your roof.
4 – Insulation
A significant percentage of heat dissipates through the roof. It is therefore vital to insulate correctly to thermally improve the temperature delta between the inside and the outside of your home. The older your dwelling, the more likely it is that no insulation was integrated previously.
5 – Is there a roofing underlay?
This protection ensures that water cannot seep through if a roof tile breaks or cracks. It is therefore essential. But does not always exist in old dwellings. If this is the case, a line needs to be added to the budget to include this protection.
6 – Flashing or how to control rainwater runoff
A highly-visible feature whose aesthetic aspect should not be overlooked. Copper is advisable for the eavesdrop and the gutters, if you can afford it, or zinc – which is a little less expensive, and just as effective. Copper is, admittedly, an investment, but it will resist bad weather and wear-and-tear over time for a good hundred years or more. If it is shiny when it is installed, it will take on a wonderful greenish hue and will turn grey after a few years’ wear. If your facade is old and traditional this will enhance its charm.
But the must-have with respect to aesthetic criteria is, without a doubt, the aluminium gutter.
Aluminium gutters, which exist in a variety of colours, can be chosen to match your shutters or your door and window-frames, or basically just blend in with the colour of your facade.
7 – Roof tiling
Here, it is all to do with embellishing... The roof tiling you decide on will enhance the look of your home. There are a myriad of materials, colours and prices to choose from. It is therefore a good idea to choose well, as they are visible from quite some distance and offer the outside of your home real added value.
It would be a shame to ignore this aspect if you treasure your home in its ensemble.
Did you know? You can opt for glass tiling or even mix glass tiling with traditional terracotta or concrete tiling. Glass tiling is perfect for covering an area where people are present in your home. These tiles are fireproof and frostproof and let natural light in without any magnifying effect. They have excellent sound and heat insulation properties and bathe your living space in daylight.
8 – Green attitude
Are you tempted by solar panels? They are definitely a wise investment move. You can choose between photovoltaic panels (electricity) or thermal panels (for heat and hot water).
The must-have: solar tiles. These tiles are the same size as traditional tiles, will fit perfectly into your roof and offer the advantage of being highly-stylish. A real technological goldmine, this solution will however be somewhat more expensive than photovoltaic panels.
9 – Green roofing
Because you’re eco-friendly, are you thinking of setting up a green roof? We encourage you to do so.
A green roof offers a wealth of ecological and technical benefits. An eco-roof reduces CO2 emissions, consolidates pollen and dust, favours oxygen production and increases moisture content during warm summer periods. An optimal system for an urban dwelling eager to reduce its power consumption.
Moreover, it offers excellent soundproofing capacities and high insulating performance from the sun.
In short, as well as being fashionable and elegant, the green roof has a positive impact on the sustainability of our environment.
It should be noted however that this type of concept can only be installed on a flat or low-pitched roof because of the considerable weight of the plants.
10 – Upkeep
To ensure your roof benefits from a decent lifetime, check your tiling every year and remove dead leaves from your eavesdrop and gutters. Look after your roof!