If you’re pretty sure that you need a new roof, aside from learning the common roofing materials, you should also understand the roof replacement process. At the same time, learn the terms that professionals use in the field.
By doing so, you can also make wise decisions when you hire a roofing contractor and supervise their work.
An average-sized roofing installed by a professional will take at least 3 days to finish.
The Roofing Process
This complete process is applicable to every roofing materials you choose.
Protect your property.
The first job or roofing contractors is to make sure that your whole property completely protected before and during the roof replacement. They would use tarps and plywoods to protect your walls, siding, plants, bushes, windows, and other parts.
Remove old (or damaged) roofing material.
To inspect the wood decking, every old shingle must be removed. Contractors will also remove old or damaged valley flashing and drip edging. A good contractor will use magnetic tools to pick up nails and metal objects from your lawn.
When your roof is clear and clean, the roofing crew will conduct a thorough inspection of the wood decking. They will especially look out for soft, wet, rotten woods that need to be replaced so your roofing system will have a solid base. If your roofing system’s base is weak, the shingles won’t stay intact. A good contractor will re-nail the whole wood decking so the roof is secured very well.
Install drip edge.
When the roof decking is ready, roofers will install drip edge on all the edges of your roof. Drip edge is a metal that bends at 90 degrees angle to prevent rain from getting under the roofing material.
Install ice and water protection.
In most cases, roofers will install ice and water shield as a roofing underlayment. This material is a waterproof barrier designed to prevent melting ice and water from backing up under the shingles and penetrating through the sheathing, which can get damaged by moisture. The roofing crew will install it at the bottom of the roof and at all penetrations such as pipe flanges, chimneys, roof connections, etc.
Place the roofing felt.
After installing the ice and water shield, the rest of the roofing needs to be covered with the roofing felt. It prevents shingles from sticking to the wood. It also creates an inner barrier against water that penetrates into your home.
Install new roofing material.
The roofers will lay out the new roofing material, working from the bottom up, followed by the step or flashing, ridge vents, and ridge capping installation (as needed).
Clean the site.
The roofing crew will clean the job site daily. A good roofing crew will try to make it cleaner than it had been before they came. The crew should make sure the landscaping is intact and the area is free from nails, and other materials or debris.
Conduct a final inspection.
The crew will inspect the roofing replacement project meticulously to make sure that it is done correctly. Moreover, they will make sure that it meets your expectation and satisfaction.
A thorough or even just a brief understanding of the roofing replacement process will help you and other homeowners to choose the best decisions and make the best investment.
This valuable post came from Masterpiece Roofing and Painting, a Denver roofing company that specializes in roof replacement, roof repairs, and painting. They also provide top notch services to help you with your gutters, residential siding and windows, and doors.