Replacing your roof is a significant home improvement that involves a contractor doing much more than just nailing down shingles or screwing in metal panels.
Though an experienced roofing professional will be available to answer your questions about the roof replacement process, understanding the process from start to finish can be beneficial to homeowners before choosing a contractor.
If you’re in need of a roof replacement, but not sure what the process entails, here’s a breakdown of what to expect during a roof replacement.
The Scope of the Project is Determined
Before choosing a contractor, many homeowners reach out to multiple companies to receive estimates, have their current roof inspected, and to discuss the scope of work and desired aesthetic of the new roof—including roofing material and color. There are many factors to consider when determining the right roof for your home, such as durability, cost and overall look. An experienced roofing contractor can help you weigh the pros and cons of each material and choose the best fit for your home and climate.
Additionally, during this stage in the process, you’ll discuss the payment details. If you’re planning to finance your new roof, be sure to ask about the available options before signing a contract.
You Choose a Qualified Roofing Contractor
To ensure your roof replacement goes off without a hitch, homeowners should take time for research and planning. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in the process of getting a new roof is choosing who will do the job. Be sure to do your due diligence and choose a qualified roofing contractor who has the experience to help ensure your roofing project is completed properly.
Your New Roof Installation Begins
Depending on weather conditions and the size and style of your roof, this actual installation of your new roof can move very quickly—taking anywhere between two days and a week to complete. Though some steps in the installation process are contingent upon the roofing material you choose, many of the tasks remain the same.
Contractors will start by removing your old roofing material and inspecting your roof for weak spots, rot and mold. Those spots will be replaced or repaired and the cost for those materials are most often added to you overall bill. Reputable roofers will provide very detailed reports on exactly what was needed to deal with unseen issues with your previous roof or decking. Then, products such as synthetic underlayment may be used in addition to a traditional water barrier to provide your roof with needed weather protection. When the base of your new roof is ready, the new roofing material will be installed.
The installation process can cause a mess in the attics of some homes, especially if new ridge vents are being installed. You may be advised to move or protect valuable items being stored in that area of your house. Ask your roofing consultant about how your installation may impact your attic space.
For a step-by-step video of a shingle roof replacement, check out our YouTube channel.
The Jobsite is Cleaned and Final Inspection is Completed
After crews have installed your new roof, they’ll clear away any construction debris and leftover material to ensure your property looks as good as new.
When the project is complete, a final inspection will be performed. Your inspector will confirm that all work complies with the state and local codes and that your new roof is good to go.
If you’re ready to get started with your roof replacement, call Tadlock Roofing at 855-964-7663 or request a free estimate online.