Getting a new roof on your home is a huge commitment and investment and involves more than a team of roofers nailing down some shingles – much more.
What are some things you can expect after you’ve hired a roofing contractor and when installation begins? Let’s take a look.
Protecting your property
One of the first steps taken by many contractors is protecting your property, such as siding, walls, plants, outdoor furniture, etc. Your contractor may use tarp coverings and other materials to provide protection during installation.
Removing old roofing material
Once your property is protected from the dust and debris of installation, your roofers will remove the old roofing materials, including shingles. Some homeowners opt to have a new layer of shingles installed over the existing layer, but stripping away all of the current material is a better long-term investment.
Inspecting the roof’s decking
Your roofers will make a thorough inspection of your roof decking before installing a new layer of shingles. Wet, soft, or rotted wood must be replaced to provide a solid base for roofing materials and your roof’s overall structure. It’s also essential for them to check the wood decking for missing nails.
Installing an ice and water shield
Stripping away all of a roof’s existing material is especially important in cold climates because it allows your contractor to install an ice and water shield. This shield – made from rubber – prevents leaks at your roof’s eaves in case of an ice buildup.
New roofing material installation
Your roofers begin installing new materials after the roof’s “base” is inspected and deemed ready. They’ll install counter flashing, ridge vents, and ridge caps as needed. You have a variety of shingle options to choose from, including composite, slate, asphalt, cedar, and more.
Choose a contractor that’s going to do a full, thorough cleanup once they have finished the roof installation. Cleanup includes clearing away dust and debris and removing any roofing nails that fell into your yard or landscaping.
Our team at LB Solutions, LLC handles every step of new roof installations, from start to finish. We offer a full range of roof replacement options.