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The Basics of Roofing Replacement

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!

Get Ready

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. 

Choose the Best Professionals for Roof Replacement

The best professionals make a roof replacement a hassle-free experience. The Roof Guys work quickly, provide free estimates and a competitive roof replacement cost, and deliver high-quality roofing services for residential and commercial buildings. 
Contact us for your free quote!

When Should I Replace My Roof?

guy fixing roof with hammer

When Should I Replace My Roof?

guy fixing roof with hammer

The roof over your home, depending on what material it’s made out of, will only last 25 to 30 years. 
That isn’t counting on damage brought on by severe weather, climate events, or wind. When something does happen to your roof, roofing repair is often the best solution to the problem. 

Having a solid and functional roof is essential to protecting your home and family. A damaged roof can let in water, which leads to rot or other structural damage. Failing to repair a roof can lead to expensive repairs or even the loss of a home. Don’t let this happen to you. 

Roofing Repair 

So how do you know when you need to repair or replace the roof on your home? The first and the best thing you can do is to check the rooftop after every major weather event, or even after periods of heavier than usual wind. Finding out quickly that you have storm damage is important. The sooner you know you have damage and can address it, the less likely it will spiral into catastrophic repair costs.

The most common type of damage to a roof is displaced or missing shingles. These can be blown away by the wind, cracked and shattered by hail, or knocked out of place. If you notice missing shingles on your roof, emergency roof repair is the best option for you. 

If the damage is confined to a small area, and the rest of the shingles look good, this may be all that you have to do. However, if your roof is old, and you notice that such damage occurs frequently, it is probably time to consider getting an entirely new roof. 

The Power of Nature 

Another sign to look for when determining whether not you need repairs is moss. Moss often grows due to trapped moisture in the roof, which feeds it and allows the moss to grow. The more moss that you see, the more likely it is that you have a leaky roof that needs immediate attention. 
Speaking of damage and attention, if a roof is leaking, make sure to get it taken care of right away. Damage caused by leaking roofs can be substantial. If you see water dripping, or gathering on the walls and ceiling, that means you need repairs now. 

Your Roof, Your Home 

In many ways, the quality of the roof will determine how nice your home is. Damage over time from moisture leaking or even loss of insulation and inflated costs are all symptoms of a damaged roof. If you notice any discoloration, missing shingles, or moss, get help as soon as possible. 
For those of you who are in the twin cities area, The Roof Guys are here to help. We can make sure that your roof is installed the right way and functioning as you need. Whether it is a commercial, residential roof, or an emergency repair, The Roof Guys can make sure that you get the roofing repair service that you need. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us today!