What Happens When You Get Your Roof Replaced?

Construction & Contractors Blog

Think you need a new roof installed on your home? It helps to know the warning signs and replacement process that you will have to go through to get this job done. 

The Warning Signs

There should be some clear signs that your home is in need of roof replacement. You may notice the problem inside your home with dark water spots in the underside of the roof deck. This means water is seeping through the wood since it can get past the roofing material. You may have dark spots on the roof where the shingles are deteriorating. Moss and algae can grow between the shingles, cause them to lift off the surface, and allow water to get underneath. Old shingles can also have damage where they are curling or cracked, which is another weak spot where water can get in.

The Replacement Process

Everything will start with an inspection by a roofing contractor. They'll look closely at the warning signs that you have noticed, and let you know if it requires repair or replacement. If replacement is necessary, the old roofing material will be removed so that the underlying damage can be repaired. For example, if you had a leak, that roof deck will need to be uncovered to be repaired. 

Leak barriers are installed in places where water is likely to get through the shingles, such as valleys where two slopes join together. A new layer of underlayment material will be placed over the roof deck, which is a felt paper that prevents water from getting through and prolongs the lifespan of your roof. 

A row of starter shingles will need to be placed at the bottom of your roof, which are secured in place differently to prevent wind from getting underneath the edge of the shingles. Then the remainder of the shingles are installed while moving upward toward the peak of the roof. 

Metal flashing will be placed around any object on your roof that the shingles need to go around. This includes chimneys, skylights, and ventilation stacks. The roofer will then place a roof cap on the peak of the roof to finish it off. If you have a problem with moss growth in your area, a metal roof cap will be installed that will distribute trace amounts of copper that will kill moss before it starts growing on the surface. 

Reach out to a roofing contractor for more information on the roof replacement process. 

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30 March 2020

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

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