In today’s roofing technology, it takes more than just having the experience to nail down on roof shingles, but because of the development of all-weather roof materials, a roof specialist must also learn the technological advantages of these roof materials, as well as getting hold of an effective, system approach to installing these materials. There are important considerations to be made by a homeowner, once he/she decides to let his/her home undergo roof replacement and these considerations are calculating the cost estimates of this project, making research on a most effective and less costly roof material to use, surveying which contractor is more knowledgeable and has enough competent experience on re-roofing to back him up, and knowing what pitfalls to watch during the roofing replacement process.
A professional roof contractor begins work by applying first protective measures to shield the rest of the homeowner’s properties from being damaged while roofing replacement is underway; therefore, the roof contractor makes use of tarpaulins and plywood to cover the rest of the residential parts while the old roof materials are being stripped off. Removal of all the old, roof shingles can take place once the nearby or adjacent parts of the house have been covered by tarps or plywood and, in doing so, a staff takes care of inspecting, at the same time, the condition of the wood decking before a new roof material will be installed.
Any rotted wood decking found during a thorough inspection must be replaced by a new solid one, as the wood decking functions as the foundation roof structure for the roof shingles to stay on it. Also, an important inclusion during inspection is checking for missing nails during the removal of the old shingles, there is a possibility that installing the new roof materials are done without nailing back the old wood decking, thus causing visible bumps on the roof.
Once the wood decking has been inspected and prepared, the roof specialist prepares, too, the roof surface by installing the following: drip edge, a piece of metal bended at 90 degrees, at the edges of the roof to prevent rain from getting underneath the roof materials located near the edges; ice and water shield, special roofing underlayment, which is installed at the roof bottom and at all areas where water can penetrate, such as chimneys, pipe flanges, roof connections; roofing felt which is installed all over the roof to prevent shingles from sticking to the wood.
The last phase in roof replacement is the installation of the new roofing materials, working from the bottom to the upper part which will followed by a series of connecting procedures, such as counter flashing, ridge vents and capping. As homeowner, one must insist on the contract for a cleanup job and a post roofing inspection be done after the re-roofing process, so that you get the full satisfaction of being assured of a thorough roof job done for your home.