Because the primary objective in roofing replacements or in re-roofing process is to protect one’s home, any plans of roof repairs or complete roof replacements must be seriously considered and well-understood by the homeowner, as new roofing technologies applicable to advanced roof materials are now available in the market and are found to be more effective, and, thus, the homeowner should take time to be explained by a roof specialist on the best and effective approaches that would be adapted once these newer roof materials are put in place. 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.
As a roof contractor, he takes professional precedence in being mindful of protecting the residential properties of his client, such that before the re-roofing process is going to take place, he must ensure that all adjacent or surrounding areas of the house near the roof must be shielded by covering them with tarpaulin and plywood. 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.
Before any new roof shingles are to be installed, a thorough roof inspection of the wood decking must be conducted so that any wet or rotted wood will have to be replaced with a new one in order to provide a solid base roof structure for the shingles to stay well. 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.
When the roof surfaces have been prepared, then the installation of the new roof shingles follows in the direction from the bottom up, followed by a series of installation completion process, which are counter flashing, ridging of vents and caps. 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.