Replacing your roof is a wise investment that will not only preserve the structure of your home but increase its value. Because of the size and significance of a roof replacement, it is vitally important that you choose the right contractor and properly prepare for the installation. Here are the various steps you will come across in the process of replacing your roof.
Getting an Estimate:
While shopping around for different trusted and reputable contractors, you will hear a multitude of estimates based on the state of your current roof, the materials chosen, the size of your home, and more. The price of different estimates from different contractors will be on a wide scale based on a multitude of factors. It is important to research each contractor and look at their reviews and credibility.
Certain contractors offer a certified inspection of your home to properly diagnose the root cause of your roof’s damage. During this inspection, they will carefully evaluate all aspects of your roof and identify any areas that need repair or replacement. This includes but is not limited to: wood rot, cracks in the chimney, rusted or missing flashing, worn or missing shingles, and more.
Choosing the Right Materials:
After choosing a contractor and going forward with the installation, you will be provided with various options for the materials used. This could be the option between aluminum or copper gutters or asphalt or slate shingles. Your certified expert will advise you on the best option for your specific roof.
Getting the permit:
One often forgotten aspect of this process is getting a roofing permit from the proper authorities. The length of time of this process could differ based on the age or registered history of the home. Most historic properties require approval from the historic district. Getting a permit ensures that the installation is up to code and following all applicable municipal regulations. Once contractors have the permit, they can begin installation!
Preparing for work:
In the days leading up to your roof replacement, you should expect to see a dumpster and materials delivered to your home. Speak to your certified expert if you have any special requests or need specific parts of your property or landscape protected during the installation.
Existing roof torn off:
On the first day of installation, your previous roof will be torn off and distributed to the dumpster. Because of the high noise level and failing materials, you should keep all family and animals inside for everyone’s safety.
New roof installed:
After your previous roof removal, the craftsmen will go forward with installing the new roof. Most single-family home roofs can be installed in a single day with exceptions. If your home is larger or more complex, the installation could take anywhere from two to seven days. Factors such as weather or a national emergency could cause delays in the installation. Also, certain materials (such as slate or tiles) can take longer to install compared to asphalt shingles.
During the process of installation, your contractor may find problem areas that could hinder their ability to install the new roof. Mold, rot, or damage could appear during the process of removal.
After installation, your contractor will do a proper clean up of your property of any materials or nails. Depending on the contractor, clean up could go one way or another. A cheaper contractor will often leave nails and old shingles lying around your landscape, while an established contractor will use a magnetic device to ensure that no nail is left on the property and no person or animal’s foot is cut.