With the current economic climate, it is more cost effective to either purchase an existing home, than buying a stand and building a new house. The other option (if you have a full title property) is to renovate and extend your existing home with building alterations. Now this might sound straight forward i.e. break down a wall here, extend the main bedroom, and “why don’t we add a new study while we’re at it?”
Funny enough, most people forget to look up… At what you might ask? AT YOUR ROOF, that is what! Moving walls, or adding new rooms to your existing dwelling would have adverse effects and cost implications on your existing roof structure. This could also (and mostly will) have unforeseen cost factors that you will have to be accountable for.
Existing walls could act as support for the current roof structure and removing walls might implicate that you will need new girder trusses or beams to support the trusses previously supported by the wall that you had removed. You might well need to extend a current run of roof trusses and you might need to change the current roof layout completely to match the new building specifications.
In addition, it is much more difficult to alter and extend an existing roof for a carpenter, as he needs to match the new roof section or roof trusses to the existing roof structure. However, probably the most important thing when it comes to changing an existing roof is the roof designer. This person has to have experience and the know how to make sure that the new roof section or roof trusses matched the existing roof structure exactly to the tee. The roof pitch, truss heel details, roof overhang and roof shape/style has to be taken into consideration otherwise, the new roof trusses will not match your existing roof and then you have a BIG problem…
How can you overcome all of these possible woes? Well, that is the easy part!
A Schallies Sales CC professional roof designer can provide you with a detailed design and pricing information by utilizing MiTek's state of the art 20/20 software.
Make sure to contact the roofing experts, Schallies Sales CC!
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