Planning to repair your roof or to install a new one isn’t hard, if you know what you have to do. You also need a reliable contractor to help you get the job done, as well as the money required to pay for the materials and for the workmanship.
Your endeavor should start with calculating the cost of the needed materials. This leads to the need to know the amounts of each material. In order to be more effective in your planning, you should search for a roof area calculator. There are some good ones on the websites of major roofing contractors, so this is what you should be looking for.
Once you find a good calculator, it will automatically tell you what kind of information you need. The surface area of your roof is only one of the details you’ll need to know before being able to estimate how much of a certain material you’ll need to purchase. Once you know this surface area and the size of a tile, you can easily calculate how many tiles you’ll need for the entire roof. Of course, you have to add some extra tiles, in order to cover the losses that may occur. When it comes to construction works, there are always some losses due to incidents and accidental damage to fragile materials such as tiles and wood shingles.
This is only one example of how you should think when preparing your roofing project. By knowing how much of each material you’ll need to buy, you can come up with a reasonable budget. Moreover, this will enable you to negotiate better prices with your suppliers. Some of them offer volume discounts to their clients, so it’s always a good idea to know your material quantities in advance.
This is a rough guide to estimating the roofing materials needed for a roofing project. Quantities are going to be different from one project to another, as each house has its own particularities you need to take into account when doing your calculations. Your walls and the structure of your house can support a certain weight of the roof, so you’ll need to make sure you don’t exceed it. This means that two identical roofs may have different specifications in terms of materials used. Unfortunately, this means you won’t be able to use other people’s estimates. If all these seem confusing, you’d better get in touch with a roofing contractor to help you calculate your materials and your costs.