The Basics of Roofing Replacement
Is it time? When your roof can no longer benefit from repairs to help protect your home, it’s probably time to replace it.
The idea of ripping off the current roofing system and putting new shingles and gutters back in place might make you nervous. A roof replacement is a big project, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming for homeowners. With the right roofing professionals, there’s nothing to worry about!
What can you expect when it’s time for a new roof? Here’s how it works!
You can help your roof repair experts complete the job more quickly with a few preparation tasks. When roofers have a clear area to work, they can work faster and safer.
Before the roofing crew arrives:
- Move cars out of the driveway
- Clear porches and patios
- Unlock the gates
- Mark landscaping that you want to protect
- Take photos off of walls
- Let the neighbors know
Ripping shingles from the roof and banging new decking and shingles into place can rattle walks within your home. Remove any fragile items that can fall from walls or shelves throughout the project.
Remember: replacing roof shingles and decking is loud work. Your neighbors will thank you for a heads up before work starts.
Materials and Workers Arrive
A clear driveway allows space for the truck to deliver new decking, shingles, and materials. Your roofing contractor might also deliver a large dumpster bin to collect materials as the crew removes the old roof.
Depending on how early your new roofing materials arrive, workers will arrive soon and begin working. Most new roof replacements can occur over one or two days, and crews start early to maximize daylight.
Existing Roof Removed
Before they can begin replacing roof shingles, the roofers must remove the existing roof. While it might seem chaotic, an experienced crew has a system to safely remove gutters, shingles, and decking to protect other structures on and around your home.
With a clean surface, it’s time to place the new materials!
New Roof Installed
Before installing new decking and shingles, professional roofers repair damaged areas that support the new roof’s structure. Remember, this is loud work! Expect noise from nailing, talking among crew members, and saws to trim and ensure each piece fits and seals correctly.
Do You Need to Leave?
It’s up to you! A professional roofing crew works around homeowners to get the job done.
After clearing the driveway of vehicles and other obstacles, you can leave for the day. If you can handle the noise and activity, you can also stay in your home. Make sure pets and kids stay out of the way so that workers can continue without interruption.