What Should I Expect For The Roofing Installation Process?

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What Should I Expect For The Roofing Installation Process?


Whether you have already called a reputable roofing company and have your project on the calendar, or you haven’t yet made the call, understanding what the roofing installation process looks like can go a long way in putting your mind at ease.

After all, having a new roof installed on your home is no small deal. However, a good contractor will go to extra lengths to make sure your project runs smoothly. That said, make sure you hire a reputable, local contractor who has been working in your area for five or more years, with a positive reputation. That will greatly increase the likelihood of the following steps being followed through with great attention to detail.

Here is what you can expect when it comes time to have your roof replaced.


1.  Proper Protection For Your Home And Yard

The contractor should use down tarps and possibly plywood to protect the rest of your house such as your siding and windows. They should also make sure that your yard, driveway, walkways, and plants remain intact, providing proper protection for them throughout the roof tear off and installation.


2.  Tear-off Of Old Roofing Materials

The tear-off of an old roof will look different from home to home. The process depends on what type of roofing material you had on your home, what condition it is in, and how many layers were on your roof. After the old material is removed, the roofers will inspect the wood decking to see if there is any rotten wood in need of replacing. If you are in your home at the time of tear-off, expect it to be quite noisy. You might want to consider heading out of the house at this point.


3.  Preparing For New Shingles


Drip Edge

Now that your wood decking has been inspected, and repaired as needed, it is time to prepare your roof for new shingles. At this point, drip edge will be installed. Drip edge is a bent sheet of metal that is installed on the edges of your roof. It acts as a protection to prevent rain from going underneath your roofing material.


Ice And Water Shield

As well as drip edge, ice and water shield is also installed now. This acts as a protection against leaks at vulnerable places of your roof, such as the roof edges, around chimneys, roof valleys, and pipes.


Synthetic Underlayment (Or roofing felt)

After the drip edge and ice and water shield have been installed, the rest of your roof will be covered in an underlayment. This material acts much like ice and water shield, protecting your roof from leaks; however, roofing underlayment is installed over the entire roof. Make sure the contractor that you hire is installing both ice and water shield, as well as roofing felt, to ensure that your new roof will protect your home against leaks for the long haul.


4.  Shingle Installation

Alright, now that your roof has been thoroughly prepped, it is time to install your new shingles. In most cases, these shingles will have been delivered in bundles the day of, or day before, installation begins. The shingling itself will be the loudest part of your roofing project, as it involves the use of pneumatic nail guns. It is best to wait out this step of the project while you are at work, or to go enjoy some time out on the town, and come home to a brand new, beautiful roof!


5. Cleanup

This is an important, but sometimes overlooked, part of your project. Working with a quality contractor will ensure that your home and yard is thoroughly cleaned up, including running a magnet over your yard and driveway to collect any spare nails, and having any extra roofing material removed from your property after the project is completed.


6.  Final Inspection

Make sure that your contractor performs post-installation inspections. Although your roof may look beautiful from the driveway, you want to be certain that the entire process was followed correctly, and nothing has been overlooked. A post inspection should be done to make sure everything looks good and complete from up on the roof.


The time it takes for your roofing project to be completed, from the time the roofers show up, until a final inspection is done, will vary from project to project. However, the average home can be done within one to three days. Your contractor will be able to give you a good idea of the timeframe.

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