Structural Integrity Considerations
The integrity of a roof is determined by how it is constructed. Considering the importance of structural integrity, we have gathered for you the basics of roofing construction to maximum safety and durability.
1- Designing The Foundation
Ensure that you choose the correct foundation for the designated purpose of building your structure while ensuring that you abide by the local building codes. Various essential factors that must be considered during the designing of the foundation include:
- Environmental factors (Snow and rain for example)
- Load bearing capabilities and capacities
- The time duration the structure is expected to last
A dry and relatively flat land is usually ideal for building any sort of structure. The ground area should ideally be leveled while allowing some extra space along with the perimeter area. Footings must be placed on the firm ground and they should be spaced out according to certain specifications.
2- Choosing the Right Roof
When constructing your new frame structure, appropriate design of the structure’s roof is essential to structural integrity. The most common options when it comes to roofing are either metal or shingled roofs. The following are a few factors you should consider:
- Shingles are readily available and very easy to maintain
- Shingled roofs can be installed with the help of conventional tools
- Metal roofing is very durable and lightweight
- Metal roofs are almost maintenance free and rarely need to be replaced.
Regardless of the material you have opted for, structural integrity should be seen as a first priority. The environmental factors and the load capacity of the ceiling are one of the most essential environmental factors when you are designing your roof. Staying respective of your local building code, the structure of your roof should be properly braced for certain natural factors like wind, rain, and snow.
3- Materials Used in Building the frame of the structure
The materials that will be used to construct the frame of your structure are an essential key to its structural integrity. Some examples include:
- Whether to use pre cast pads or ones that are already in place for the foundation.
- Ensuring that the wood used is efficiently laminated and pressure treated.
- Ensuring the wood used in poles is laminated and pressure treated properly