A Roof Replacement may come as a scary thought at first
Understandably hearing the news that you need your entire roof replaced may come as reason for concern for any home owner. Whether you are looking to sell your home or have lived in it for years.
Whatever the Cause for the replacement we are here to walk you through the whole process seamlessly.
Typically this is how a roof replacement goes for a home owner with insurance.
- Damage occurs
- Roof Inspection is done
- Insurance claim filled
- Material is purchased
- Old roof material is removed
- New roof material is installed
- New roof is tested
- Insurance pays for finished work
IMPORTANT Installation details: We remove all the old roofing material down to the decking in order to insure a quality installation. Some companies will roof over old shingles because it’s cheaper to do. But the only way to ensure that the decking is in good shape is to remove all the old material. This is definitely the messiest part of the process but essential. A drip edge is then applied around the perimeter of the roof to make sure that water properly runs off the edge of the roof and doesn’t seep back under the edge of the new shingles. Next, we apply a layer of roofing felt or underlayment over the entire surface of the roof. This is your last line of defense if a shingle has failed. Then starter strip is applied around the entire perimeter of the roof to give the first row of shingles something to seal to. This helps prevent wind from lifting the shingles and damaging your new roof.
Finally, it’s time to apply the shingles to the roof. This is typically done with nail guns using 1-1/4″ Nails, Not staples. Staples are cheaper but will pull up easily. Four nails per shingle are all that’s required by shingle manufacturers for most applications. However, with just a little more effort we can get your new roof put on even in the cold weather. A nice warm day will seal the shingles. However, it does not have to get hot for them to seal. A nice sunny winter day will also seal the shingle since it is the UV, not the heat, that seals the shingle.
Now that the roof is complete a magnetic roller is used around the house to pick up nails that may have fallen off during the removal or installation process, and all job-related debris is cleaned up and hauled away. Now you can enjoy the beauty of your new roof.
“We take this last step in order to keep and your family safe from stepping on nails because we care!”
FUN FACT: Its estimated that around 5 million homes have their roof replaced in the united states each year
When is the right time to have your Roof replaced?
A new roof can last anywhere from 15-30 years depending on the area of the US you live in and the quality of the materials used.
Ideally the best time to replace your roof is before it begins to leak, although its not always typical. The Benefits to replacing your roof early are listed below.
- less damage to your home
- less damage to your personal property
- gives you time to prepare for your connivence
- can be more cost effective
- No waiting on material
Be sure and ask us any questions you may have so that we can make your replacement process go as smoothly as possible.
Do I need to hire a roofing company or can I do it myself?
Let us be clear, replacing a damaged roof is dangerous work that is always BEST left to a professional.
If you suspect you have a roof problem we highly recommend you DO NOT attempt to perform the repair yourself.
If the problem occurred due to a natural disaster such as a storm, tree limbs falling or snow, there may be structural damage or sharp pieces of material like nails and metal around and you could get seriously injured; we recommend that you DO NOT attempt to perform the repairs yourself.
Please use common sense and realize that there are many dangerous with this type of work such as falling through weakened areas , loss of balance and muscular strain.
However, we understand that many people will take matters into their own hands anyway. So, because we care for your safety here are a few tips you can use to help limit some of the risks.
- Make sure you are not alone if you decide to go up onto a roof, its important to have someone around whenever doing something as dangerous as this.
- Wear protective gear such as gloves and a helmet.
- Locate the safest place to approach the roof.
- Wear shoes with a lot of grip such as rubber.
- Tie yourself to something strong incase you lose balance to prevent yourself from falling.
- Do Not preform maneuvers that involve a lot of body weight transfer such as swinging.
These steps don’t begin to address the potential repair or reconstruction that may be needed even after the initial damage is addressed. Again, we recommend you leave this step to an experienced professional as it is vital to ensure the structural integrity of the roof – be it a home or business.