What to Expect During a Roof Replacement

With 2018 upon us, we’re another year older and wiser. Your roof, though, is only another year older. Is this the year you decide to replace it? If so, what can you expect during the re-roofing process?

The Contract

Check out potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau website and other review sites. After receiving at least three bids from reputable, local contractors, make sure you compare them for apple-to-apple details.

Before signing, make sure these details are spelled out:

  • Number of squares (100 square feet equals 1 square)
  • Who will pull the permit, if one is required
  • Number of old layers to be torn off
  • Type of underlayment you will receive for the new roof
  • Brand, type and color of shingles or roof covering you’ve selected
  • Whether skylights will be replaced or re-flashed
  • Whether skylights will be flashed with metal plus ice and water shield
  • Whether you will receive new eave metal and pipe jacks
  • Linear feet of new gutters, if you are replacing those, as well

It’s a good idea to have the whole project written out in case some element fails to meet your expectations. Also, the contract is a good document to keep in case of future damage that your insurance will cover.

The Deposit, Permit and Material Delivery

First, a licensed contractor will pull the permit if one is required. This is commonly when you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. Usually, the supply house will deliver the new roof materials and load it onto the roof (to save you a bundle of money). If your driveway seems too fragile to handle the weight of the truck, other delivery arrangements can be made. But if the crew has to haul heavy rolls of underlayment and shingles to the roof, you’ll pay extra for that effort. Be advised that damage to your driveway will most likely not be covered by the roofer or supply house since roofing necessarily involves a lot of weight.

The Trash Receptacle

The roofer will arrange for a large trash hopper or trailer to dump the old roof. Usually, this will be parked in your driveway after the supplier has delivered the material. Make sure you move your vehicles out of the garage when you receive notice that the hopper or trailer is coming.

The Tear-Off

The crew should begin by tarping around the house to protect your landscaping. As they tear off the roof, you can expect a lot of noise and vibration which can make you and your pets uneasy. Once the old roof is shredded and dumped, the crew will most likely pound the old protruding nails back into the deck before rolling out the new underlayment. If you’re replacing gutters at the same time, the crew will usually remove the old ones at this stage.

The Flashings

Next comes the dry-in with new underlayment and flashing metal at the eaves, sidewalls and roof protrusions. Skylights pose the most intricate flashing effort and each one should take some time.

The New Roof Covering

After the dry-in work comes the new shingles, tile, shakes or metal panels. The crew will work their way up from the eaves to the ridge(s). New gutters will go up after the roof is complete or nearly so. The whole process is going to generate a lot of trash, debris and probably frayed nerves inside the house. The crew should always police the property before leaving for the day. At the end of the installation, they should do a thorough clean-up and run big magnets around the house to pick up hidden nails.

Settling Up

Once complete, the project manager should do a final walk-through with you. He’ll inspect the crew’s work with you, if you want to climb the roof. Otherwise, he’ll visually inspect to make sure the roof will pass when he calls for the inspection. Then, he’ll go over the details of the project with you to make sure you’re happy with the job. You may be required to pay the remainder of the contract at this time.

Once you have your new roof, now’s the best time to re-fresh your walls, decks and driveways with exterior cleaning. Beacon Roof & Exterior Cleaning can wash away any residual marks from the project and restore the sparkle around your home. Also, be sure to call us at the first sign of a mold or moss infestation. You want to keep your hefty investment looking great for many years to come.

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