To replace a roof is more than just nailing down shingles. Now, for a roofing replacement to be effective, one should rely on an integrated system approach and advanced material technology that aim to serve as protection for your home, your valued asset.
The installation of a new shingle roof is a big responsibility. Therefore, you must be completely aware of how the process of re-roofing works from beginning to end to benefit you as a homeowner.
In relation, if you want to attain a roof replacement that doesn’t have surprising or unexpected additional expenses along the way, including but not limited to the cost of installation and its related pitfalls, you need to make yourself familiar with the procedures involved.
The procedure begins with the study of contractor, estimate comparison, and project details decision making. To help you get through this process, listed below are the re-roofing steps that are proven to provide you the best roof that is a great value for money.
1. Protection of Property
One of the top priority in doing this job is to make sure that your whole property is fully protected while roofing replacement is in the process. This covers the walls, siding, bushes, plants, etc. For further safety, protection plywood and tarps are used during the process.
2. Old Roofing Material Removal
For you to check the wood decking, all old shingles have to be completely removed.
3. Inspection of Roofing
Each roof replacement starts with a thorough inspection of the wood decking. Once done, you need to replace any wet, soft, or rotted wood to create a solid base for the structure of your roof. This is one important process because this will determine the intact and the solid structure of your shingles.
The inspection is necessary because it makes sure that the roof rafters are properly connected. However, a lot of roofing contractors failed to check for missing nails during the removal of old roofing material. New shingles were installed even without the re-nailing the old wood decking.
The look may be impressive from the outside, but after a few weeks, many bumps will be visible on your roof. For full security, experts’ suggest to re-nail the whole wood decking.
4. Preparation of Roof Surface for Shingles
Next is the installation of drip edge. After the completion of the third step, next is to prepare the installation of drip edge at all edges of the roof. In case you are not familiar with such tool, it is a piece of metal that is bent at 90 degrees angle to prevent rain from getting underneath its roofing material on each and every edge.
Next to drip edge installation is the ice and water shield installation. This is a special type of roofing underlayment. To prevent any water leaks, ice and water shield are stick to the wood decking. The installation must be done at the bottom of the roof and at all roof penetrations like pipe flanges, chimneys, roof connections, and more.
Lastly for this procedure is the installation of roof felt. Once the ice and water shield is applied, every part of the roof must be cover with roofing felt. The use of number 30 roofing felt is suggested.
5. Installation of New Roofing Material
Once the base is ready, you can now begin laying out the new roofing material. You can work from the bottom up, followed by the step and/or counter flashing, the installation of ridge vents, and ridge capping, whichever is needed.
6. Final Inspection
Lastly, re-check the condition of the newly replaced roof just to make sure that you did not forget anything. Do a quality control through post-roofing inspection.