Here’s What to Expect with a Roof Replacement on Your Home

If you've never had to replace the roof on your house, you may be wondering what to expect when it's time to put a new roof on. Fortunately, getting a new roof isn't something you'll need to do often, but it's important not to postpone it when it's necessary, or your home could sustain water damage. Here is a look at the process of getting a roof replacement.

The Process Starts with Choosing Your Roofing

The first step is to decide on the type of roof you want and the color and style of roofing. Asphalt shingles are a popular choice, and if your roof has shingles now, you may want to continue with that type of roofing. You can choose different colors for the shingles, so this could be a good time to consider changing the exterior house paint to a new, complementary color too. Once you've decided on the type of roofing you want, get an estimate from a roofing contractor so the process can get underway. A permit will probably be required, and the roofer may obtain this for you. The roofer will also schedule the work date and order materials and a dumpster so they are ready for the first day on the job.

The Removal Begins

A roof replacement requires that all shingles are torn off. It's necessary to park a dumpster in your yard so the crew has a place to throw the old shingles. Be sure a spot is cleared for the dumpster in advance. After the shingles and old felt and sheathing are torn off, the deck can be seen and inspected more closely. If decayed areas are found, repairs to the deck will be done before new shingles are put on.

The Installation of New Shingles Gets Underway

New underlayment is installed on the deck and under the shingles. Once this is done, it's time to put new shingles on the roof. Shingles might be delivered and unloaded on top of the roof the day before this work begins. Shingles are applied on the bottom of the roof and the crew works toward the top. New flashing is installed as well to make sure there are no gaps or leaks between it and the new shingles. It's possible to put new shingles on an average-sized house in a day, but it also depends on the weather since the crew can't be on the roof when it's raining or stormy. You may want to arrange to be elsewhere and take your nervous pets to another location since listening to the pounding on your roof all day can be unnerving.

The Job Is Complete after an Inspection

The roofers will be careful about cleaning up your property when they're finished so no nails or bits of shingles are on the ground. The dumpster is hauled away and the work site is clean. Your new roof should last for many years, but the longevity depends on the quality and type of shingles you buy. You can help your roof last longer by keeping the gutters cleaned out and trimming trees back so they don't touch the roof.