If your roof is old, it may be time to think about getting a new roof installed. A residential roof installation is usually something you should plan out rather than do at the last minute when your roof is leaking and has water damage. Of course, if your roof is damaged in a storm, your roofer will try to get a new roof put on as soon as possible, but it still takes time to draw up the contract, get a permit, and order supplies.
When you plan your roof installation, you can have the work done at your convenience and when it's a good time for your budget. Here are the important steps of having a residential roof installation done.
Choose Your Roofing
This is a big step if you're not already sold on a particular type of roofing. If your home has an asphalt shingle roof, you may want to upgrade the shingles or switch to metal roofing. Take time to think about what you want because a new roof will probably last for many years and it will be a long time before you can change it. This is a good time to talk to a roofing contractor and get estimates for various types of roofing and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Sign The Contract
Your roofer will examine your roof and measure it to order supplies. They'll explain how the work will progress and inform you about the warranties. When you agree to the cost, you'll sign the contract and make your first payment so the roofer can order supplies. You may not need to sign the contract right away, but if you delay, be sure to ask the roofer how long the cost quote will be valid.
Once you sign, the roofer obtains the permit and then you'll wait for the supplies to be delivered. The roofer also sets the work start and end days so you know what to expect, but those might change due to bad weather.
Replace The Roof
A residential roof installation involves adding new underlayment and shingles to the deck after the deck has been inspected for water damage and repaired if needed. Your roofer will probably tear off the old roofing, especially if it has water damage. All the old shingles will be tossed into a nearby dumpster to be hauled away when the work is done. When the deck is cleared of old roofing, it's checked for problems and then covered with underlayment.
The roofing crew installs shingles starting at the bottom and working toward the top. They'll probably use nail guns, so there will be a lot of noise until the work is done. A city inspector will probably check your roof at some point to make sure it's installed according to local building codes. The job might be completed in a single day if you have a small roof and the weather cooperates, but it's common for a residential roof replacement to take a couple of days or more.Share
22 August 2023
When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.