Of all the home improvements you could make to your house, a roof replacement is a large and significant one. It not only involves complete removal of your old roof, but a complete replacement with new roofing materials (as you would expect from something called a “roof replacement”).
If you’ve never had your roof replaced, you might be going into this process blind. In this article, we’re going to take you through exactly what you can expect during the roof replacement process.
Getting an Estimate
First, you’ll start by getting an estimate from a reputable and trusted contractor. The cost will depend on the damage of your current roof, what materials you choose, the size of your home, and more.
Days Leading Up to the Start Date
Once you’ve chosen a contractor to replace your roof, they can start to plan and get ready for the project.
They’ll usually deliver a dumpster in the days leading up to the start date of the project. This is where they’ll put all your old roofing materials in to be disposed of later.
You can also expect some materials to be delivered ahead of time. Speak with your contractor for more definite information about this, especially if you have sections of your property or landscape that you want protected during this time.
Roof Installation Process
Once everything is planned and decided, the roof replacement process can begin.
Old Roof Removal
This first step is removing your old roof. During this time, you and your family can remain inside the house as long as you follow the safety guidelines outlined by the contractor.
Repair/Replacement of Problem Areas
Depending on the damage found when the old roof is removed, you may be looking at some additional costs. The roofers may need to repair or replace areas with mold, damage, or rot.
New Roof Installation
Once the old roof is removed and the areas that need attention are taken care of, the new roof can be installed. First, the base of the roof is installed, including a barrier for weather protection.
When that’s complete, the new roof and roof material will be installed. The installation process can be quite messy, especially in the attic. If you have valuables or precious items stored there, it’s a good idea to move them during the installation process to avoid any damage.
The entire process can take anywhere from 2 days to a week. This will depend on the size of your home, the extent of damage to your old roof, the weather, and more.
Clean-Up and Finalization
After installation is complete, the dumpster will be taken away. The contractor will remove extra materials and construction equipment. You might have to clean some debris or mess in the attic as well.
Save Yourself from Roof Replacement Surprises
A roof replacement is a significant project. It’s good to know the general process before going into it so you can know exactly what to expect without any surprises.
If you have any other questions about the roof replacement process, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can also help you get an estimate for your roofing needs.