Are you looking up to find a bit more space in your home? Or are you craving dramatically high ceilings that bring a modern touch to the place? Whatever the reason, raising the roof on a home can come with a lot of advantages. But there are some key factors to take into consideration before raising the roof on a house and take the plunge with your roofing contractor. Here are a few to keep in mind.
Typically roofs are structured one of two ways: stick or truss. Your roof type will determine how easy raising your roof will be. A truss roof is easier to raise of the two types. A stick roof can be raised in a way, but you’ll have to tear it down and rebuild it. On the other hand, if you’re looking to build in a vaulted ceiling in your home, a stick roof is better suited to make that happen.
The importance of hiring a qualified roofing contractor cannot be understated. Whoever you choose, your roofer should be licensed, insured, and prepared to obtain all the correct permits necessary before doing work on your home. The more knowledgeable and experienced your contractor is, the more peace of mind you should have knowing your contractor has taken all the necessary steps to ensure your home can bear the increased load a raised roof can bring. You should also be able to relax knowing they are making sure the plans comply with municipal regulations regarding this significant endeavor. Failure to obtain the right permit can cause considerable problems for you down the road when the time comes to sell your home or when you do a roof replacement.
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Consult, Consult, And Then Consult Again
Raising a roof is a significant and costly endeavor. While you are researching the best contractor for the job – one that has a deep well of positive references, examining all of the regulations yourself and consulting with other professionals would be in your best interest. Talk to building officials in your town or county, consult with structural engineers, and obtain several quotes before choosing your contractor.
It’s Not Just About The Roof
If you’re looking to increase wall height, then chances are if you have ample attic space, you’ll be able to make your wish come true. You may have to relocate the HVAC and electrical, but the dream of higher ceilings may become a reality.
If, however, you’re looking to add another storey, then your roof will need to be raised significantly, which requires rebuilding the walls from the bottom up. Adding new studs on top of the old ones isn’t nearly stable enough to support your roof because it creates a hinge-like seam. Instead, your contractor will have to install all new studs that are the adequate height or cover the old wall and new wall with plywood sheathing that completely covers both walls thereby creating rigidity.
Consider Home Value
Any investment you make in your home should be one that increases or at least solidifies your home’s value. If raising the roof isn’t going to make back the money you put into your home to get it done, you may want to reconsider doing it.