What To Expect When A Roofing Service Replaces Your Roof

Posted on: 17 March 2023

Homeowners usually don't look forward to replacing their roofs. The process is complicated, expensive, and can take a while. However, when your roof wears out, you'll have no choice but to install a new one. A new roof installation can also be an opportunity to install a roof that looks great and will be much more durable. 

Talking to a Roofing Service Representative 

Before installing your new roof, you'll speak with the contractor to discuss the roofing materials you can choose. The best roofing materials will be whichever is suitable for your region, whether your roof can support the weight of the roofing materials, how much you are willing to pay, and whether you are ready to pay more for a durable roof that will last a long time.

Preparing for the Roofers to Arrive

You will need to prepare your property for the roof replacement. For instance, you might need to cover part of your landscape to keep debris from damaging it. You may need to protect your bushes with a tarp, for example. Remove any vehicles from your driveway so that falling debris doesn't cause any damage. 

Removing the Existing Roof

The first step for the roofing services is to remove the existing roof. They will use a shingle fork to pry the shingles off by starting from the top and working their way down. To make the process easier, the roofing contractor usually places a dumpster nearby to dispose of the shingles quickly. For metal panels, the roofing contractor needs to pry off the easterners so that they can then remove the panels.

Depending on the materials the shingles are made from, you could recycle them. For example, newer recycling methods make it possible for asphalt shingles to be recycled. 

Inspecting Your Roof

Once the roofing contractor has removed the existing roof, they'll examine the condition and determine if your roof needs any other repairs.

The roofing services will check the flashing to determine if they need to replace it. Sometimes, you could save money by leaving the flashing in place if it has yet to be damaged.

The roofing contractor will install the drip edge before installing the underlayment. The contractor will put a water and ice barrier in place if you still need to install one before installing the underlayment. 

Installing the Roof

The last part is the installation of the new roof. After the contractor has put the shingles or panels in place, the crew will clean up and perform a final inspection to verify that they installed the roof correctly.

Contact a company like Thompson & Thompson 3rd Generation Roofing, Inc. to learn more.