What to Expect When Getting a New Roof

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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You can expect several things once you have decided that it’s time to include a new roof in your home renovation or have no choice because your existing roof is failing and needs to be replaced. 

Here are some things you can expect during the roofing assessment and process of choosing the right design. Also, we answer the question, “Will my family and I need to sleep elsewhere during the installation?”

  

Roofing Assessments

There are two ways of assessing your roof, and it can be done with a physical inspection wherein a professional will climb up and evaluate your existing roof condition. Based on this assessment, they may recommend eradicating the existing roof. Or they will check if it is possible to install the new roof over the old one. This assessment is an option if 

  1. The new roof can be attached to the old roof deck.
  2. Only one roof will be covered, and it can hold the new one securely in place. 
  3. There are no damages or insulations that are wet that will cause damage to the new roof. 
  4. That the surrounding structure of the whole house can handle the weight of the additional roof installation. 

Another way of assessing your roof is by using a drone to visualize better areas that are difficult to inspect or are in dangerous parts of your roof physically. Both the physical and drone roof assessments are to identify the wear and tear conditions.

They will look at the roof’s appearance for missing, broken, or curled shingles, signs of water leaks and damages, and check the conditions of the skylights, chimneys, fascia, gutters ventilation systems. 

 

The Right Design

You can choose from various designs:

A-Frame roofs, which are most commonly seen on cottage homes. They have pointed roofs that extend close to the ground.

Double-pitched roofs look like two triangles linked with a ridge top and are supported by a beam called purlin and rafters.

Gable roofs have sloping planes on each side where the upper portion of the sidewall forms a triangular at the ridge of a slope.

Hip roofs have sloping planes on every four sides and have no gables.

Skillion roofs are sloped from one side to the other. They have a single span and have no ridges. This design results in the external wall varying in heights. 

Mansard roofs contain two sloping planes with different pitches on all four sides. They include no gables, and the lower plane is steeper than the upper.

Gazebo roofs are often octagonal or have a hexagonal shape in design.

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M-Shaped roofs are similar to double-pitched roofs. The difference is that these roofs rest on two load-bearing walls.

Dutch gable roofs are a combination of hip roofs and a small gamble top with a sloping roof below.

Clerestory roofs have an extended interior wall on one section.  

Bonnet roofs have an extending ledge on the base of the top.

Gambrel roofs contain two different slopes, with one steeper than the other. 

Parapet roofs extend upwards and past the roof edges by a few feet, along the border.

Saltbox roofs are asymmetrical roof faces. These designs produce one facade that is two stories high, dropping to a single level with a gable on each side.

Butterfly roofs are inverted gable roofs. They are pitched from the side toward the center, resembling a butterfly’s wing.

Flat roofs have no slopes but have a slight slant just enough for drainage.

Shed roof designs, which are single roofs facing away from the main front. This roof design is also called the lean-to type.

 

During the Installation

Installing the new roof starts with removing the old one by taking everything down to the sheathing and rebuilding from there — This includes old shingles and other sidings. Homes that are built in areas that have longer, colder weather will need water and ice shields.

These are installed around the roof’s edges and on the bottom edges where there are more ice buildups. The water and ice shields adhere to the roof sheathing, and when they are nailed down, they add stability and strength to the roof nails.

Drip edges are then installed on two different parts of the roof. The lower part is placed before the underlayments, and the other one is placed after. A metal drip is then placed along the bottom edge and over the top of the ice and water barrier. These are then nailed into place against the roof. 

 

Roof Underlayment

The next step is the roof underlayment. Any damaged plywoods are replaced before laying down the new roofing underlayment. These underlayments come in felt paper or synthetic form. They are rolled out and secured with roofing cap nails along the outside edges and in the center. It is important to remember that these nails should not penetrate the drip edges.

Now it is finally time to install the new roof. The last steps are the roofing pipes, and vents are painted to match the new roof’s design and color.

 

The Effect on Your Home Life

Depending on the extent of the roof installation, your family can sleep in the comforts of your bed. You will need to set some safety precautions, and if they are taking naps in the middle of the day, it won’t be quiet. Ensure that if you have pets, they do not wander in the areas where there might be nails lying around. If you have a place where you could stay while construction is ongoing, it is advisable to stay elsewhere until the roofing installation is complete.

A new roof can cost between $5,000 and $30,000 depending on the old one’s unattended damages. If the damages require the whole roof to be replaced, it will take longer and cost more. Before the expenses balloon, consider having your roof assessed. Look for Class 4 roofing shingles that do not break or crack, are stain-resistant, and will maintain your roof’s physical appearance for many years.

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