Getting a new roof installed seems like a big project. It’s natural to worry about whether it will disrupt your life. There’s also the question of the process of choosing a new roof.
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A gleaming new roof can revolutionize your curb appeal and amplify your energy efficiency. The Value Report has found that replacements add around $18, 000 to your home’s value. That doesn’t make the prospect of a new installation any less intimidating, though.
You’ve probably had nightmares about dust, freezing nights, and the serene sound of power tools. Don’t worry. A new installation is easier than you think. Let’s look at what you can expect during the process.
First thing’s first—let’s find out if your roof does, indeed, need to be replaced. Your friendly roofing company will inspect your existing roof to find out if you need to eradicate every layer, or whether your deck and underlayment can be preserved. This is usually carried out via both a physical and drone inspection. An assessment will tell you if:
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends an inspection every two years, so see it as a necessary part of home ownership. It’ll set you back an hour.
Replacing your roof gives you the opportunity to rethink your entire architecture. You can, at last, get those beautiful gables you’ve been dreaming about. You have a host of options:
Once you’ve settled on a design, your contractor will obtain the necessary permits for your project.
The roof removal process usually takes four to six hours. Your roofing company will remove the entire roofing system, including the sheathing, drainage, and decking. Don’t worry. You don’t have to move out. Your contractor will place water and ice shields to keep the weather where it belongs: outside. They may place tarping over your siding for additional protection.
You can’t install a roof without all the right materials, so delivery comes next. The lifespan and energy efficiency of your roof will reward you for the rest of your life, so make sure you invest in sturdy, high-quality roofing. Cheap materials are more expensive than moderately-priced ones in the long run. They’ll rack up your utility bills, offer shorter warranties, and require frequent repairs. You’ll need to choose your:
Branded roof systems are designed to work together as a whole, so they’ll enhance your efficiency and longevity.
Before your contractor lays the underlayment, they’ll repair and reinforce your decking. Your roof is only as strong as its foundation, so this is a crucial process. While your deck is exposed, your contractor will check for water stains and diagnose damage they missed during the initial inspection.
Your roofer will now place your drip edge, underlayment, and valley flashing. These layers keep your home watertight. Next comes the starter shingles—the layer closest to your eaves. They create yet another watertight seal that will protect your home from wind damage. Finally, the shingles can be installed, followed by the ridge cap and vents. Those little details will be coated to match the rest of your roof and home.
A reputable contractor will leave your home in the condition it was found. They’ll blow leftover debris from your roof and gutters before getting to work on the ground. The ultimate inspection will ensure that the overall project has met your fastidious standards.
Generally, you needn’t arrange alternate accommodation during your installation provided you keep your pets secure and stay away from the work zones.
If you keep the lines of communication open with your contractor, you can maximize your comfort. A replacement might be inconvenient, but it’s significantly easier than coping with the destruction wrought by a failed roof.
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