The rooftop is unarguably the most critical part of your home. Most importantly, it keeps water out of the building. And keeping in mind that no one prefers paying to replace a rooftop, it should fulfil the purpose for which the cost of replacement is being made. You need to be sure that the job is done right and properly for which you are paying a huge chunk of money. There are a few things that you must know before you are going to replace your roof.
Installing a new roof includes few steps. However, those steps require a lot of physical labour. Don’t assume that installing a roof is an easy job.
- The cost to replace a roof varies according to your roofing materials, the roofing contractor, the steepness of your roof, the area to be covered, and a host of other factors. Roofing contractors have a great deal of flexibility to negotiate on the cost, so go ahead and do that.
- A well-coordinated, organized and skilled roofing team, like roofing contractors Troy, Michigan has, is amazing, and that is why they get paid to do our roofs. If they only wanted for perfect conditions to install a roof, they would go out of business. Extending work seasons helps roofers and consumers alike. In most parts of the U.S., though, optimal roofing season is from late spring to early fall.
- Partially installed areas of the roof must be perfectly dry before any covering layers are installed.
- The secret behind skillfully finishing the work in the roofing project is having a large team of professional roofers who can do their work in hours, instead of days, thus taking advantage of dry periods in the off-season.
- The word “square,” when used in relation to roofing means 100 square feet. One reason why roofers speak in terms of squares is that they deal with such vast quantities of materials. It is pointless to discuss smaller units.
- Shingles come in bundles. Three or four bundles of shingles typically comprise a square.
- A moderately-sized, professionally installed roofing job might take only 3 or 4 days.
The basic roofing process:
- Remove all existing shingles, deposit them in a roll-off, and remove.
- Make minor repairs on the roof if it is in good condition. If not, replace bad wood with plywood or 1″x6″ boards, whichever is applicable to your roof.
- Install ice dam protection, a barrier of synthetic materials to prevent backed-up ice in the gutters which prevents ice-melt from draining away. The ice-melt will permeate under the shingles and cause damage to the inside of your house.
- Lay down asphalt paper.
- Apply the shingles – starting at the eaves and working upward.
- Apply flashing around all areas where leaks might come into the house – against the chimney, stack vents, etc.
- Install the ridge vent.
Your decision regarding roofing materials depends on your locality, as much as on your own personal taste. Roof angle (pitch) affects the kind of roofing shingles you can use. For example, wood shake shingles can be used for steeper pitched roofs but not low-pitched roofs.