Over time, roofs can experience wear and tear and may need repairs or replacements. If you have decided it’s time to replace your roof, it’s beneficial to know more about the process. Here’s what to expect during a new roof installation.
Removal of Old Roofing Material
The first step in the roof installation process is removing the old roofing material. Before roofing contractors can install your new roof, they must first remove the existing material. Contractors will use a roofing shovel to detach and dispose of the current roofing material. After the removal, the contractors may need to repair the frame if it is damaged or add new sheathing to provide a durable base for the new roof. Making these types of repairs is necessary because you never want to install new material over a damaged frame or base.
Installation of New Roofing Material
Installation of the new roofing material is the next step. Depending on your roof’s specific needs, the contractors may add a drip edge, flashing, roofing paper, and water and ice barriers to protect the roof from potential water damage. Once these protective elements are in place, the roofers will begin to lay the new material. Typically, contractors will lay the material starting at the eaves and work their way up to the roof’s peak. Depending on the material, this process usually takes two to five days to complete. Roofing contractors may also install a new ridge vent if your roof doesn’t already have one or needs a replacement vent.
The Final Walk-Through
Once the installation is complete, you’ll want to wrap up the process with a final walk-through. This is the point when the roofing contractor will review everything with you to ensure it all gets completed as it should. They will also do a cleanup to check for nails and other debris in the yard and surrounding area. Now is the time to follow up with any additional questions you may have about your new roof or the installation process. You can also ask the contractor to perform a secondary sweep for loose nails and debris if you want to ensure that the cleanup is as thorough as possible. Roof inspections are a beneficial last step to ensure the roof is installed correctly.
Now that you know what to expect during the roof installation process, you can have more knowledge and confidence as you begin. American Metal Roofs is an experienced company of roofers in Green Bay, WI, that can help you with your installation today.