A roof replacement is arguably one of the most crucial home repairs. Without a proper roof, everything in your home could be destroyed. With a heavily damaged roof, the next time it rained, your home would be infiltrated with water. Everything from the insulation in the walls and your newly remodeled master bedroom to your child’s favorite toy and the family room’s flat-screen television would be damaged. Installing, replacing, and maintaining your home’s roof is important and can be daunting. Here are a few steps to help guide you along the roofing process.
When Should You Replace Your Roof?
If you begin to notice that streaks of water stains on the walls, sunlight beams coming through cracks in your attic’s ceiling, or your roof sagging, it is a sign that you need to replace your roof. Installing a new roof early on will prevent any further property damage and mitigate potential safety hazards.
Choose A Contractor To Handle The Roof Installation
While it may seem tempting to save a few dollars and do it yourself, some jobs should be left to the professionals. During your hunt for a qualified roofing contractor, these are a few things that you should look for:
- Does the contractor operate in your area? To make the appropriate decisions throughout the roof installation process, you want a seasoned contractor who is familiar with your area’s weather patterns and climates, as well as what materials will best address these conditions.
- Is the contractor certified? The roofing contractor should be certified by the manufacturer of the roofing products that they install. Be sure to look for a contractor’s manufacturer certification.
- Does the contractor have licensing and insurance? The contractor should possess a business license and insurance. Insurance will help protect your contractor, the contractor’s employees, and you.
Delivery Of Materials And Roof Removal
Before the roof can be installed, the preexisting roof must first be taken down. Generally, on the day of removal, members from the contractor’s team will deliver any roofing materials that will be used for the installation. Any remnants of the old roof will be removed, down to the plywood. In cases where the plywood has rotted or is damaged, the plywood will also be removed. By having every last old shingle properly removed, your new roof will now have a clean and fresh foundation to lay on.
Finally, the moment you have been waiting for. While the steps during roof installation may vary, depending on the type of roof you opt for, here are a few steps you should ask about:
- Drip edge installation. Drip edge installation helps to prevent rainwater from permeating the roofing material.
- Ice and water shield installation. Ice and water shields adhere to the wood decking to prevent leaks caused by ice dams. Ice dams are slabs of ice that may form along your roof’s edges. This occasionally happens during Indianapolis’s frigid winters.
- A waterproof layer that is typically made of either felt or asphalt, underlayment helps to prevent your roof’s shingles from sticking to the wood decking. It also serves as an additional moisture barrier.
With the base fully prepared, the new roofing material that you select will be installed.
Post-Roof Installation Clean Up
Once your roof Installation is complete, your contractor will make a final inspection of your property. The inspection will help ensure that the roof was properly installed and that there are no leftover building materials left behind.
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