When it comes to understanding the process of a roof installation, we know it can be confusing. There are so many new terms and moving parts, it can be difficult to keep up with all the details and options. That’s why it’s so important to have a roofing contractor in your corner that you trust that can help you make sense of your home’s roof installation.
Preparing Your Home For Roof Installation
Before beginning your roofing project, there are a few items to keep in mind. First of all, your home will be a construction site, and you should be prepared for this. Even items inside your home can be affected, due to the vibrations of the heavy work being performed on your roof. Be sure to take down pictures or wall hangings that might fall and be damaged.
Outside of your home is where the action will be taking place, so be sure to keep your children and any pets inside. There will be shingles thrown off the roof, and nails on the ground that can be hard to see. Our roofing crews will get started bright and early in the morning, so be prepared at least a day in advance.
You should also have already agreed to and confirmed the terms of the contract, and the materials that will be installed. Once everything is in order, it’s time for a new roof!
The first step in the process is to remove the old roof. The old, damaged roof materials will be completely removed to perform an inspection of your roof’s decking. The roof decking is made of plywood boards that serve as the base of your roof. If any are soft or rotten, they need to be replaced. This is your roof we are talking about; it needs to be in tip-top shape!
Roof Installation: Water Barrier
There are a few different materials that help keep your roof watertight. The drip edge, which is a small 90-degree piece of metal that runs along the entire perimeter, helps stop water from running up under the roofing material and getting into the decking. There is an ice and water shield, which is a peel and stick material that gets placed in all of the valleys of the roof. The valleys are especially susceptible to water leaking, so this is just an extra precaution that should be taken. And then there is the underlayment. You have a few options ranging from what’s called 15# felt (the minimum), to synthetic versions that are stronger and last longer.
Shingles and Flashing
Once the decking is fully prepared, the crew can begin installing your shingles. There are many different manufacturers, brands, and colors, and we will be happy to go over your options as your roofing contractor before the roof installation begins. A fresh roof can do wonders for curb appeal and ultimately, the value of your home. The shingles will start with a starter shingle, which helps block wind from blowing shingles off and causing damage. Then, the shingles will be installed from the bottom to the top in the proper pattern and manner and end with your ridge cap. The ridge cap is the specific type of shingle that covers the peaks of where your roof comes together.
During the installation of the shingles, the crew will also be placing any step flashing that your home needs, this is a flexible piece of metal that again, is helpful in keeping your roof protected from water.
Heat rises and gets trapped up in the attic. If there’s no way for that heat to escape, you could be in trouble (and hot). Of course, your home most likely already has adequate ventilation, so the roofing contractor needs to make sure it’s properly replaced. Most homeowners are requesting to switch over to a system called ridge vent, which helps the roof have a more uniform look by removing the turbines or other vents you might have. Unfortunately, ridge venting will not work on every roof, but it can be a great solution to skyrocketing cooling bills if the roof allows.
Roof Installation Clean Up and Inspection
Once the roof installation is finished, the old roofing materials will be properly disposed of, and our team will carefully perform a magnet sweep on your property to remove any stray nails surrounding your home. We will also be a thorough inspection of the completed roof installation to make absolutely sure your roof will stay in great condition for years to come.
Roof Replacement in Woodstock
We will be sure to answer any questions you have and leave you with the peace of mind knowing your brand new roof will keep your family and home safe and sound.