All about steel roofs
When deciding on a new roof for your house, you need to consider all the available solutions in order to select the best one. But if you do not have time for this or you do not know what to pay attention to and what will have a significant influence on the roof quality, entrust the selection of the technology to experienced specialists. Our employees will be happy to present the most optimal solutions.
How the steel roof is constructed
When talking about a steel roof you immediately think about steel roof tiles, but our professionals know that there is much more to a roof. It consists also of substructures and elements such as a gutter system or proper protections. We will do our best to familiarize you with the roof structure.
A good designer considers all parts of the roof and selects them so that they constitute a coherent whole, aesthetically and functionally. Nothing can be left to chance, the selection of individual elements should be well thought out.
The proper combination and connection of all roof components with one another is important not only due to aesthetic value, which is the final appearance of the house and durability of the structure, but also due to ensuring safety for the inhabitants of the house.
The warranty of many years of a failure-free roof structure is primarily ensured by carefully selected materials used to build it, and making sure it is carefully installed, according to the best practices.
Type of roof covering
Why is the type of roof covering so important?
You should remember that the appearance of the house depends on it, so it should be aesthetic. The quality of the covering also has a direct influence on the protection of the roof structure against atmospheric factors such as rain or wind.
The substructure that consists of elements such as film, battens, counter battens and ventilating strips constitutes the basis to which the roof sheet tiles are mounted. The proper performance of the substructure is important for safety and quality of use of the house as it affects the building’s level of soundproofing and thermal insulation. It also has other practical importance, namely it participates in the drainage of humidity which condenses on the roof sheet tiles.
Other elements of the roof like wind girders, belts and flashings are used to connect individual components of the roof and to ensure its tightness, and they are made of materials identical to those which the roof sheet tile is made of, which is important for aesthetics.
An efficient gutter system is necessary to drain the rain water from the roof. It consists of: downpipes and their outlets, discharge systems as well as bends and other small elements.
Even though our roofs ensure many years of failure-free exploitation, over time they will need appropriate maintenance or small renovations, which is why one should not forget about elements affecting safety. These include ladders and catwalks as well as snow barriers.
Accumulated snow and ice may slip off uncontrollably, which is a threat to human safety, while ladders are an element of escape routes. In many cases they must be installed due to the provisions of the law. One should make sure that the designer has taken this into account at the designing stage. The relevant information on the need to apply roof safety elements are provided by the inspectorate of building supervision.
The structure of the roof should make it possible to make the necessary holes, like for the chimney, which is why appropriate roof transitions are used.
Why is proper ventilation important?
Roofing should be equipped with ventilation for several important reasons. Water poses a danger for the entire roof. The condensed steam accumulates under the covering which causes the structure to weaken, leads to the corrosion of metal elements and consequently worsens protection against loss of heat. Good ventilation will contribute to durability and maintenance of the roof's aesthetics for many years.
In the case of pitched roofs, the type of ventilation is affected by the way in which the attic area is managed and the material used to construct the initial covering layer.
People who are not planning to use the attic area should choose the following ventilation method: thermal insulation placed on the ceiling, ventilation of the structure takes place between the thermal insulation and the initial covering layer.
When it comes to a functional attic, due to the inability to ensure free circulation of air between layers, the ventilation should be placed in the roof truss, over the rafters, under the rafters, or between them.
The shape of the roof and materials used for its construction also affect the location of the ventilation gap. Generally, for pitched roofs, air inlets are made close to the hoods and the opening for air exhaust near the ridge. The size of ventilation inlets and outlets section depends on the slope of the roof and its surface.
When deciding to purchase our roof you will also have the opportunity to choose from many complete ventilation sets and fans of various shapes and colors.
Roof vents improve air flow and are recommended for roofs with a small slope.
Additional inlets are recommended when the continuity of the space responsible for ventilation is interrupted. It takes place e.g. near roof widows or the chimney.
Ventilation chimneys are used for venting sewage pipes and air exhaust from rooms used for functional purposes.
Decide which set you want to choose - there are insulated ventilation sets and ones without insulation. They differ mainly by purpose. The former are recommended for ventilating utility rooms, because they decrease the amount of condensation in ducts, while the latter are installed usually to exhaust air from ducts and rooms that are not used for functional purposes.