So you did your homeowner due diligence. After noticing some water staining on the celling, or perhaps some blown off shingles—or maybe just the wear and tear of time, you called around, talked to your neighbors, and scheduled your free roof inspection with a reputable, local roofing contractor. And now it’s time to have your brand new roof installed. What should you expect throughout your project, from start to finish? We want to walk your through the steps of a roofing install, so you’ll know what’s going on over your house.
1. Proper Job Setup For Your New Roof
You wake up to the sound of birds chirping outside of your window, and then the roofing truck pulling into your driveway. But of course, it should be expected, as a good contractor will communicate with you when the crew will be arriving. First off, the roofing crew should ensure that proper setup measures are taken to protect your home and property throughout your project. The workers should make sure that your siding, windows, walkways, plants, and driveway are all properly covered by tarps, and at times plywood, in the areas that could be damaged during install.
2. Now For The Messy Part
For this next part of the project, you might want to head off to work, or grab a cup of coffee with a friend. The tear off of your old roofing materials, although it should be handled with care and attention, is still going to be a messy process. Of course, with tarps laid out, your house should be safe from the debris.
After your roofing material is removed and the wood decking is exposed, the workers will inspect the wood to see whether any of it is rotten or in need of replacing. If there is a significant amount of damaged wood, your contractor will notify you to discuss the extent of damage, and recommended solutions.
3. Setting The Stage For Your New Roof
Now that all old material has been removed, and any damaged wood has been replaced, it is time to begin the install of your new roof—but first, some very important steps need to take place.
Drip Edge Install
Drip edge is a bent piece of metal that is installed on top of the wood decking, at the very edge of your roof. This important detail helps to prevent rain water from sneaking in below your roofing material.
Ice And Water Shield
Along with drip edge, ice and water shield acts as a crucial barrier to protect your roof from water and moisture damage. Ice and water shield is installed to the most vulnerable places on your roof, such as around pipes, your chimney, in the valleys, and most importantly above the gutters.
Roofing Felt, Or Synthetic Underlayment
Roofing felt or underlayment acts as a third barrier to leaks on your roof. It serves much of the same purpose as ice and water shield—but it covers your entire roof. Some contractors may try to cut corners by installing only ice and water shield, or only underlayment. Make sure you work with a local contractor known for their quality work—one who will not cut corners. Your roof needs both ice and water shield, as well as underlayment, to protect it for the long haul against Colorado’s extreme weather.
4. Shingle Install
The new shingles for your roof should have arrived in bundles that morning, or the day before. With your roof now thoroughly protected by drip edge, ice and water shield, and underlayment, it is time to install your new shingles! This part of the project will be loud. It’s best to not be home during this step of the project.
5. Finishing Touches
This is one step you want to be sure your contractor does not miss—the cleanup. Who wants to come home to a brand new roof, with nails still in the yard and old shingles scattered across the driveway? A quality contractor will take care of all cleanup, as well as removal of old materials, and any extra materials leftover from the install.
6. The Walk Around
You will want to be sure that your contractor—the roofing specialist who you signed a contract with—performs a thorough walk around after the project is complete. Before they arrive, you may want to walk around the exterior of your home and make sure everything looks right. That way, if you have any questions or concerns, you can bring them up with your contractor.
The steps of a new roof install may seem pretty straightforward. But there is definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. Missing one small step can lead to a huge headaches down the road. Make sure you take your time in choosing the right contractor for the job, and take care that all of these important steps are followed, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your roof will look beautiful and protect your home for the long haul.