It is said that having a ‘roof over your head’ is a landmark achievement in life. When you build your home, the completion of the roof marks the completion of an important milestone and calls for cultural celebration. No wonder, it holds a lot of emotional value as well.
Apart from its emotional value, a roof is one the most important facets of your home. It protects your home and your family by withstanding all kinds of weather like extreme heat, extreme cold, heavy torrents and winds. Thus, it is imperative that you build a roof with care to ensure it is strong enough to last you a lifetime.
If the roof is not built right, it can weaken over a period of time due to extreme weather conditions. One of the major causes that lead to a weak roof is water leakage. As water seeps in, it corrodes even the strongest structure. Hence, it is extremely important to use a water-repellent cement in the roof, so that it receives an all-round protection against the cons of leakage. Here are some best practices and construction tips to build the roof of your home:
A) Roof curing:
While building a concrete roof slab, make sure that the concreting happens at a stretch, without a break or time gap. This should be done so that curing process takes place without any hurdles. Curing is essential because a moist-cured concrete is approximately 50% stronger than the uncured one. This in turn ensures that the roof too is a lot stronger to withstand the test of time.
B) The concrete mix for roofing should be in the right ratio of the fine aggregate and coarse aggregate which is 1:2.
C) Roof slab size: The standard thickness of the concrete roof slab should be a minimum of 5 inches.
D) Sloping: This is a very critical aspect of a roof as it affects the drainage, moisture retention and other factors. The sloping depends on the type of roof you build. Ideally, a flat roof would have a slope of 2:12 and a slope roof would be 4:12 or 9:12. These technical aspects are usually taken care of by the architect / contractor, but it’s good to be aware of these tips.
E) Make your roof, leak-proof: Water leakage and water retention are some of the most prominent threats that can damage your roof in the following manner:
- Corrosion of steel in the metal slabs, columns and beams making it weak
- It can damage the interior ceiling and the paint, ruining the aesthetic value of your home
- Short-circuits, especially if you have electrical wiring going through the roof
But, there is a solution to make sure that your roof stays leakage-proof. The key to it lies in the cement that you use during the construction process itself, ideally the one that resists water and the issues that come along with it, giving an all-round protection from leakage.
So to fight the big bad villain of leakage, invest in a superhero cement which has water-repelling powers and comes with benefits like:
- It helps make a damp-free roof which makes for a strong and long-lasting home
- It reduces the costs of maintenance as it prevents leakage-induced hazards
ACC’s Gold Water Shield is a water repellent cement which provides 360-degree protection from water leakage, and can withstand the attack from all corners, thus protecting your home like a shield. So give your home the shield it deserves. After all, you build a ‘kamaal ka ghar’ once in a lifetime, so why settle for anything average?
Happy home building!