As a homeowner, you’ll eventually have to deal with a residential roof replacement. No roof is invincible and at some point in time, you’ll have to replace them if you want to keep yourself, your family, your home, and your personal belongings safe and secure. However, if you’re already in the market searching for a new roof to install, don’t worry. We can help you. Here’s your step-by-step guide to roof replacement.
Choose the right roofing contractor
The first step in your residential roof replacement project is finding the right roofing contractor. There are many roofing contractors out there but not all of them can provide you with high-quality results and excellent customer service. This is why you have to do your due diligence in researching roofing contractors that have the right expertise and experience in handling residential roofing replacement. You should hire someone local who does not only focus on numbers but on creating value for their customers.
Choose the roofing materials
Now that you have your roofing contractor, the next step is to choose the roofing materials that you want to install in your home. It doesn’t have to be the same as your old roof. If you want to install a new type of roofing, you can. Just keep in mind that your choice of roofing material should be able to withstand local weather conditions, within your budget, matches your building structure, and complements your home’s overall exterior look. It should also meet your specific roofing needs, requirements, and goals.
Finalize paperwork and budget
After choosing the roofing materials you’d like to install in your home, the next step is to finalize the paperwork and budget. Your roofing contractor will usually take care of all the documents required, including permits. They’ll also finalize the scope of work taking into consideration your choice of materials and how much you’re going to pay by the end. Make sure you get a detailed breakdown of the costs so you’ll know exactly where every cent of your money goes.
Remove the old roof
Once you’ve already finalized the roofing materials and all paper works, your roofing contractor will now start working on the roof itself. They will mobilize their manpower and all the necessary tools and equipment to remove your old roof, and if necessary, the roofing deck and underlayment as well. Your contractor will check whether the deck and the underlayment are still in good condition to support the new roofing materials. If they are not, then they will also have to be removed and replaced.
In addition, your roofing contractor will also exercise other measures to ensure your property is protected throughout the whole roof replacement process. They may use equipment to catch debris so as not to damage your yard and siding, or they might also install temporary tarps to cover up your roof to keep water away in case it will rain during the roofing works. Ask your roofing contractor what specific measures they’ll take to ensure your property will not be damaged.
Install the new roof
Once the old roof was removed, your contractor will now install to the roof’s surface the new roofing materials. Installation can take weeks or even months, depending on the size of your roof and the complexity of the job. If your roof is considerably bigger or wider, the installation process may take some time. If your roofing style is also more complex, such as more edges and corners, installation may also take longer. Lastly, some roofing materials will also need more meticulous handling so they’ll take more time to install. If you want to know the estimated completion date, talk to your roofing contractor as they can give you a clear timeline of how long will it take to finish the residential roof replacement.
Clean-up and final inspection
Once the new roofing materials were already installed, the process does not end there. Your contractor will also have to clean up the debris and excess materials used during the roofing work. From excess nails, shingles or panels, adhesives, and tarps, they should not be left behind for you to clean up and dispose of. Your contractor should be the one who will take care of them and make sure that the house is clean for you to move back in.
After the cleaning up, your contractor will also conduct a final inspection to ensure no mistakes were made or that there were no flaws in the roofing materials used. They’ll also ensure that the final result was in accordance with what was included in the scope of work. If all is well, then it will be turned over to you. Just keep in mind that you should also do a final inspection to ensure that the result is up to the standards and requirements agreed upon.
Looking for a contractor to handle your residential roof replacement?
Liberty Roofing Pros should be your top choice! We are an expert in residential roofing so we can help you replace your existing roof while also ensuring that your property is protected from start to finish. We’ll provide you with a variety of options on which roofing materials to choose from but we’ll also make sure that you’re properly informed about what will work best for homes in your area. We’ll respect your budget too and we will provide you with a clear timeline. Book with us today to get a free estimate!