Whether your current roof needs replacing or you’re in the midst of a new construction, roof installation is a huge investment and needs to be handled properly. Even though you know it’s one of the most important features of your home, you may still have a few jitters about the size of the project, or worry that you may not be making the right decisions. Let’s take a closer look at the installation process.
The Planning Phase
Once you’ve selected the right roofing materials for your home, a contractor will go over the details before beginning the job, and review the delivered materials to make sure they match your order exactly. The crew will put up tarps and other barriers to protect your home and property during installation.
If you’re replacing your current roof, the crew will tear it off and dispose of it. In some cases, a new layer of roofing can be added to the old one, saving time and labor costs. However, layering roofing materials can cause the roof to be too heavy for the structure or have other consequences. Most roofing manufacturers do not recommend covering laminate shingles, as the result may be an unappealing aesthetic and may not shed water properly. Some areas, like those with high wind, may require the initial roof covering to be removed; the roofing professional will tell you what works best for your home.
If you are tearing off the old roof, the crew will be able to spot any weaknesses or needed repairs. They will keep an eye out for issues like water leakage, rot, or inadequate ventilation. These are issues that can result from installation mistakes, which is why finding the right professional for the job is so important.
Metalwork and Underlayment
The crew can now move forward with installing the drip edges and the underlayment. The underlayment provides an extra layer of protection between your home and the elements. It also allows your shingles to lay flat and neat, providing a clean aesthetic.
With the preliminary work done, it’s time to install the shingles. The amount of time this will take depends on the size and complexity of your roof, as well as the weather. A simple roof installation will typically be a one-day job, but a large home with unique roof features may require a few days or longer. Poor weather conditions, such as storms, wind, or extreme heat can be dangerous for the installation crew and may impact the project schedule. The roofing professional will use his or her best judgment to ensure your roof is completed in a safe and timely manner.
Cleanup and Review
While odds and ends get finished up, the crew will be cleaning your property, making sure no debris or dangerous materials are left over for you to find. The team will make sure the roof meets high standards before calling the job done.
Overall, be prepared for this to be a somewhat messy and loud yet professionally managed experience for you as the homeowner. Make sure you thoroughly research products, contractors, costs, and potential setbacks so that there are no surprises and you can feel at ease making this important investment in your home.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor for Modernize. In addition to regularly contributing to home remodeling and design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker and About.com.