If it has been 10-20 years since your home last had a new roof, it may be time to get a new roof installed. If you are considering getting a new roof installed on your home, you may be wondering what the process is like.
At Roof Advance, there are several steps involved in our professional roofing process; precautionary measures, removing the old roof, evaluating the roof, installing the new roof, and a post-installation inspection and clean-up. Read on to learn more about each step in our roof installation process.
It is important for us to protect your home and yard. It is a good idea to bring your plants, lawn furniture, and any outdoor decor you may have inside. We will put a tarp down to protect your lawn and landscaping from falling debris like shingles and nails. Once this is done, it’s time to remove your old roof.
A new roof cannot be installed until the old roofing materials are removed. Old roof shingles must be torn off. Tear-off shovels are used to remove the shingles. All old nails must be removed; no nails can be left sticking out. Then we will inspect the remaining structure.
Evaluate the Roof
During this step, we will inspect the roof sheathing. The sheathing consists of flat panels that provide support to the whole structure. We’ll look for any wet areas or damaged spots. We’ll replace any areas of the sheathing that look like they’ll give us trouble. Then we are ready to install the new roofing materials.
Installing new Roof
The first part of the new roof that is installed is the drip edge. A drip edge helps keep shingles from curing, and it gives the roof a nice, clean finish. Then, the underlayment is rolled out. The underlayment lies between the sheathing and the roof deck. The underlayment prevents ice dams and wind from damaging the roof.
Then felt paper is installed. Felt paper helps repel water and increases the fire rating. The felt paper is secured down with staples. Next, the roof valleys are waterproofed. A roof valley is where two slopes meet. They are waterproofed with underlayment and felt paper.
The new parts of the roof are installed, including the starter shingles, shingles, and flashing. Then, the ridges are capped; this further protects the roof from the rain. Everything is then sealed up to protect the new roof from storm or wind damage.
A new roof installation is very messy. When the old roof is removed, it creates a lot of debris. We always clean up after we are done as part of our services. We will pick up any nails, shingles, or other debris that falls onto your yard. We will also clean up any tar that falls onto your sidewalks.
The last step in our roof installation process is one last inspection. In our post-installation inspection, we will go over every part of the roof to ensure that everything was installed properly. We take a lot of pride in our work and want to ensure that you receive the highest-quality services we can provide.
Roof Advance is a family-owned roofing company servicing the Ann Arbor area. At Roof Advance, we have the roofing services you need for your home. Contact us now to get your free estimate.