Replacing your roof is no small job and should be left to the professionals to make sure it’s done properly. Look for a roofing contractor with good reviews and a variety of roofing options, including various shingle styles and insulation technology. Once you’ve hired a contractor, here’s what you can expect:
• Material Selection
The first step in the re-roofing process is choosing what type of material you want to use. Look around your neighborhood. You are most likely going to see a majority of asphalt-shingled roofs, mainly because asphalt is one of the least expensive roofing options and available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Asphalt shingles will also last you 20 to 30 years. Choose the roofing material and color that best complements your exterior’s color scheme.
To install the new roof, the contractor needs to remove the old roofing system. They’ll be tearing out your old shingles, flashings, and underlayment to get to the plywood decking underneath. Re-roofing is a team job, so expect for there to be people coming and going throughout the process.
Now that the wood decking is exposed, it’s time to install your new roof. A new underlayment, usually felt, is laid down and new flashing is installed where two edges meet to prevent leaks. Once that is complete, your contractor will start to lay down shingles in a watertight, overlapping pattern. If you plan on being inside the house during the re-roofing process, expect to feel vibrations and hear loud noises.
• Clean Up
A good contractor will provide disposal services and use the necessary precautions to prevent damage to your home and landscape from loose debris. When the job is finished, they should leave your home in good condition.
If you’re in the Salt Lake City area and have a worn out, leaking roof, call Fortress Roofing at (801) 205-6100. Our expert roofers have the experience and skill needed to make installing a new roof as painless as possible. We can tackle any roofing problem, no matter how big or how small. Contact us today for a free estimate.