When your roof gets old or damaged, you have to replace it. The roof replacement process is complex and cumbersome, so it’s best you leave it to a roof repair services provider.
Even if you will be leaving the work to a professional, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what is happening—you should know what is going on and what the contractor is doing throughout. To help you understand the process, here are the roof replacement steps to follow:
Decide to replace
Everything begins here. Before you decide to replace your roof, you need to know whether it’s worth replacing. If the roof is old and almost all parts are coming off, you should replace it, but if just a small area is coming apart, only repair the faulty area.
Prepare your property and driveway for replacement.
Once you have determined your roof needs replacement, you should set it up for replacement. Begin with getting a garbage container and set it up as close to your house as possible. You also should lay some drop cloths around the bottom of the roof to protect the floor against accidental drops.
After doing this, set up a series of roof jacks along the bottom of the roof, holding 2 *10 boards to catch the slipping shingles and people. It’s also wise to get a safety harness and secure it to the peak of the roof to keep yourself from falling off.
Get a roofing company.
You want a roofing company to do the roofing work unless you have the skills to do it. To get the most from the company, hire the best. How do you do this? By considering these tips:
History of the company: How long the company has been in operation is vital as it helps you know how experienced the company is. For best results, hire an experienced company that has been in operation for a couple of years.
Avoid a new company as it not only has high chances of providing poor services, it also might skive with your money.
Certifications: A certified company means it’s well versed with the latest trends in the roofing industry, so it’s more likely to provide excellent services.
Guarantees: Does the roofing company offer guarantees? You should work with a company doing it as you have peace of mind they will provide exceptional services as they are ready to stand behind their work.
Licensing and insurance: It goes without saying you should only work with a company insured to work in your local area. The company should also comply with the workers and liability compensation insurance.
When the contractor is insured, you have peace of mind as you aren’t worried about being liable when someone gets hurt when working on the roof.
Choose the right roofing materials.
There are plenty of roofing materials you can use on your roof. These include: wood, metal, stone slate, clay tile, and many others. Choosing the right material will depend on your budget, needs, style, and preferences.
If you aren’t sure about the material you should go for, ask a roofing contractor to guide you through. Of course, you should have hired an experienced technician who knows what looks good for your property.
Installing the new roof
Finally, you should install your new roof. When undertaking the installation, follow the roofing instructions depending on the type of material you have.
If installing a shingle roof, the roofer should place starter shingles at the bottom and sides of the roof. If installing a metal roof, the contractor should screw each vertical row before moving to the next.