Roof Replacement: What to Expect
When it comes to your roof, you want to be sure it’s in good condition. After all, a leaky or damaged roof can lead to severe problems. However, when it comes time for a roof replacement, you might wonder what to expect. Here are some answers on roof replacement and what to expect.
Roof Replacement: What are Some Significant Causes of a Roof Replacement?
You may need to replace your roof if the material is damaged by weather, age, or improper installation. For example:
- Weather, such as hail or wind-driven rain, damages the roofing material.
- The roofing materials are damaged by fire or other natural disasters.
- The roofing materials are vandalized and need to be replaced due to holes caused by throwing things at the house (e.g., rocks).
Roofs can also be damaged in other ways, such as storm damage. For example, suppose a storm damages one side of your home worse than another. In that case, it could mean you have a structural problem worth consulting a professional.
The Advantages of Getting a Roof Replacement
If you’re thinking about getting a roof replacement, here are some of the most significant advantages you can expect:
- A new roof will increase your home’s attractiveness, functionality, and value.
- It will save you money on heating and cooling costs.
- It will keep your family safe from leaks and other problems.
- It will help you sell your home faster.
- A new roof makes for a more comfortable living environment for everyone in the house—especially if it’s energy efficient!
Roof Replacement vs. Roof Repair
It’s essential to know the difference between roof replacement and roof repair. Roof replacement is complete removal of the old roof, including the decking and underlayment, and the installation of a new roof. Roof repair is fixing damaged areas of the top, such as a leaky pipe or damaged shingles.
If you have any doubt about which option will be best for your needs—and budget—it’s best to consult with your local contractor before making any final decisions.
Roof Replacement: What to Expect F.A.Q.s
How long does it take to replace a roof?
The time it takes to replace a roof varies depending on the size of your roof, its complexity, weather conditions, and your contractor’s experience.
If you have a small home with an uncomplicated roof, you can expect it to be replaced in one day. However, larger houses with complex roofs may take several days to complete. In addition, if it rains during the installation process, it may take longer than expected due to delays caused by rain or other unfavorable weather conditions.
Your contractor should plan for this possibility by ordering enough material, so they aren’t caught short when unexpected delays occur due to bad weather or other factors outside their control (like an accident on their way back from purchasing supplies).
How long does it take?
While it’s difficult to give an exact time frame for a roof replacement, the process can take anywhere from one week to one month. The roof size will significantly impact how long your project will take. Small roofs may require about one week; larger roofs may take as long as four weeks or more, depending on how many workers are working and whether or not they need extra equipment, such as cranes and scaffolding.
In addition to removing the old shingles, installing new ones on top of each other, and cleaning up after yourself when you’re done (or hiring someone else to do it), several factors can affect how long this process takes, including weather conditions.
Rainy days can slow installation if workers have limited access to certain parts of your property or have difficulty getting materials onto your roof (for example). Suppose it’s windy enough for high wind warnings in your area. In that case, you should expect delays due to safety concerns with workers installing new shingles being blown off balance by gusts coming off nearby buildings/trees, etc.
What type of roofing material should I use?
When it comes to roofing materials, you can choose from various options. For example, a shingle roof is one of North America’s most popular types of roof. Most homes have this type of roof because they’re easy to install and relatively affordable. Shingle roofs come in several styles that you can choose based on your personal preferences or budget.
Another popular choice for homeowners is tile roofs, made from ceramic or clay tiles attached to the surface using mortar or adhesive cement.
The main advantage of tile roofs is their longevity—they last longer than other types of materials due to high resistance against sunlight damage such as ultraviolet rays and wind erosion over time (it should be noted, however, that they may require more maintenance).
Wood shake shingles are another option if you want something less expensive but still attractive; these come with varying degrees of slope depending on where your house is located since some areas need more protection from heavy rainfall than others do (for example, coastal areas tend towards steeper slopes whereas that further inland tends towards flatter ones).
Do I need to do my entire roof at once?
You may have heard that it’s better to replace a roof in one fell swoop so that there are no home areas vulnerable to water damage. However, suppose your house is old and has been through many storms. In that case, you may want to consider replacing only those damaged portions of your shingles instead of going through with an entire replacement. The same goes for roofs with cheap materials or ones that have seen a lot of salt wear over time–it would be better to replace those individual pieces rather than an entire layer of shingles at once.
Will my home be protected while the work is being done?
Once you’ve signed off on the scope of the project and your roofing contractor has begun to remove shingles, they will be careful to protect any surrounding property. In addition to ensuring that nothing is damaged, this also provides an extra layer of protection. For instance, if a nail falls from your roof during replacement, it should land in a protected area instead of damaging your lawn or windowsill.
The crew should also cover all furniture on the ground with tarps or sheets so that rain doesn’t get onto it during the job. Once they are finished with the job, they will ensure that any furniture is removed before removing those tarps or sheets themselves.
What will the crews do each day?
The crew will start by removing the old roofing material, including the nails and other fasteners. Then, the workers will install the new roofing material, using nails or screws to secure it.
Do I need to board my pets during the replacement?
If you have dogs or larger outdoor animals that don’t do well inside, it may be best to board them or allow a friend to care for them for the project’s duration. This ensures our team can access building materials and the front and back of the house.
Will I need to prepare my yard or parking?
If you have a driveway/ garage, parking on the street so the roofing materials supplier can drop them off as close to the house as possible is best practice. It’s common for our roofing team to utilize driveways during installation.
While you may want to keep the car in the garage, if teams work over an uninsulated space, you may need to get debris on your vehicle.
Replacing your roof is a big job, but it won’t be such a hassle with the right company.
Many things can make or break a home improvement project like this. A reputable contractor will handle everything from start to finish so that you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoy your new house once they’ve finished what’s needed to do the job right. They’ll take care of everything from removing old materials (and disposal) before installing brand-new ones for maximum energy efficiency and long-term protection against weather damage, leaks, or other problems associated with older roofs on homes like yours!
Roof Installation: What You Can Expect
Roof replacement is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be scary. The critical thing to remember is that this is your home, and you should always do what’s best for it. If you know the roof needs replacing, there’s no reason not to get a new one!
B&M Roofing Colorado: Roof Replacement & What to Expect
B&M Roofing provides quality roofing services and repairs to residential roofs to more complicated commercial properties throughout Colorado and its surrounding areas.
Our roofing service and repair specialties include:
- Roof Analysis
- Roof repairs on any system
- Leak identification
- Gutter, Downspout Repair, or Replacement
- Coating Services
- Tenant Improvements
- Preventative Maintenance
- Scheduled Maintenance Services
- Skylight Replacement
B&M Roofing is proud of and confident in the quality of our service work and the commitment of our craftspeople.
We look forward to building new relationships and forging new partnerships as we continue to grow.
If you’re still unsure how to go about your roofing problem, schedule a free inspection with us today.