As many of you readers are likely aware, much of our focus at Richard Weals Consultancy is on renovations, remodels and refurbishments. We typically take jobs working on pre-existing homes, in order to help the owner of the property extract the most value from their residence. On occasion, we take on similar jobs on commercial properties as well.

However, on top of this, we have also done quite a bit of work on new builds, primarily in regards to roofing. As you can imagine, the sheer volume of work required to construct a home from scratch can be as significant as it is diverse, and often such projects require a number of skilled, specialised individuals or crews on hand in order to carry out particular tasks.

For a great example of this, consider the new build I recently worked on just outside Rugeley, in Upper London. This build, seen in the attached photographs, was being undertaken by a friend, who had reached out to me, as he was looking for somebody to build a new roof for the house. As those of you who know me may have guessed, I accepted immediately!

Though I take great pride in all of my work, I like to think of roofs as something of a speciality of mine. Whether working on modifying or repairing an existing roof, or building an entirely new structure, I’m always willing to climb up some scaffolding and get to work, and my team is the same way.

As with most aspects of home building, constructing a roof takes a great deal of knowledge and experience. It really is a process from start to finish, and requires a great deal of specialisation. It is important to set out wall plates correctly, get your steels in the right place and use your string line effectively in order to get your bird's mouth cut. On top of this, it is important to set the ridge steel at the correct height in order for the roof to line through. This may sound straightforward, but trust me, it can get quite complicated!

If you are building a new roof for your property, it is of great importance that you make sure you have the right man (or woman) for the job. Even if you are planning on undertaking the job yourself - it is vital to learn the correct methods from a trusted source before starting the project. If you are hiring out for the job, you definitely want to do your research and carefully consider which contractor you use.

When a roof has been built correctly, you don’t even notice…but when your roof has problems? That’s when you notice. Trust me, folks. I’ve been doing this a long time, and there’s nothing worse than a leaky roof.

The best course of action is to ensure that your roof is installed correctly the first time in order to avoid bothersome problems in the future.