What should you expect during a residential roof replacement?
Residential roof replacement isn’t a typical do-it-yourself job. You need a measure of expertise to install a roof and roofing materials correctly and within warranty guidelines. Making a mistake puts your whole house at risk, and it could invalidate claims to your insurance. It’s important to know what you’re doing before attempting to replace or install a new roof.
Think you have the experience, tools, and materials to do the job well? This handy guide could make it as easy as A-B-C.
Keep an Eye on the Sky
You’ll want to plan your roof replacement during a period of calm weather. No strong winds, no rain, and definitely no tropical storms. How long should the weather forecast be clear? It depends on the features of the roof, how many people you’ll have working on the job and how experienced they are. A professional team can generally have the work done in anywhere from three days to three weeks.
When should work begin? Winter and summer can be the worst months to replace a roof as the temperatures are the least comfortable of the year. Building materials are also most vulnerable to damage during installation because of extreme heat and cold. Spring temperatures are some of the best available, but precipitation can be unpredictable. Fall is the ideal time for Georgia homeowners to begin a roof replacement.
Select the Best Materials Available
When deciding which shingles and underlayment to use on your home, look beyond what’s available at the local hardware store. Professionals have access to top-performing products. Unfortunately, they can’t always supply them to homeowners. The best brands want to make sure their products perform well. Having them installed by trained professionals is part of the process. However, you might learn more about the best products available to consumers by discussing your roofing needs with a reliable roofing company.
Once purchased, be sure to have materials delivered to your home, along with any rented ladders, tools, or other equipment needed. This should include a dumpster large enough to handle cleanup. Re-roofing can leave your lawn littered with old roofing nails and other debris, so prepare for thorough cleanup when you complete the job. A roofing company handles all of this for you if and when you decide to forego DIY and have a pro do the work instead.
Get to Work
Strip away worn out roofing materials, including the roof bed if it’s damaged. You want a clear, flat surface on which to place underlayment and install roofing tiles. Attach all the extras, such as drip edge, flashing around vents and skylights. Next, caulk seams and install soffit. Then replace or install new gutters. Cleanup can begin as soon as the roof replacement is complete.
The process is much simpler for you when dealing with a professional roofing company. They can advise you on timing and materials, and they provide all the heavy lifting. Jobs performed in winter, spring and fall sometimes come at a discount, as most homeowners schedule roofing jobs in the summer months.
Wondering about the best way to handle your residential roof replacement? Talk to our team of experts at Cornerstone Roofing about the best options for your home. Call 770-844-9800 and speak to a specialist today.