Get A Good Roof

First, you’ll notice some sort of problem develop such as a leak in your ceiling, missing shingles, granules building up in your gutters and around your downspouts (sand like material that came from the top side of the shingle). Next step is to get a few estimates, now this is one of the most important steps in the whole process, contractor selection.

Contractors come in all shapes and sizes, remember you are looking for who you feel is most qualified to perform the work-not just the cheapest! Once that you have chosen your contractor, it will be easy from there. The next thing to happen is to choose the roofing material that you like. There are unlimited options for roofing material now a days. After that the work will be scheduled, depending on who you go with and the time of year, it should be anywhere from one to six weeks. Now when the work actually begins, it will be loud and messy. Your old roof should be removed in most cases. Next your roof deck will be inspected for damaged wood, and if any is found, it will be replaced. After the wood is replaced, the remaining deck will need to be prepared (old nails removed or hammered down flush). Once that the deck is ready, its time to lay down the underlayment. Building codes and roofing material manufacturers require ice and water shield to be installed along the eave edge (above the gutters) as well as around any roof penetrations such as vent pipes, chimneys, skylights, along side walls and along all valleys. Once the ice and water shield is down, the underlayment will be installed everywhere else on the deck.

There are several types of underlayment, depending on what material is being installed. You’ll want to discuss the options with your roofer. As soon as the ice and water shield and underlayment are installed, it’s now time for the roofing material to be put down. Since there are many different types of material, the exact process will differ for each.

You should get all new flashings with your new roof. That’s something that you’ll want to find out about before you decide on a roofing contractor. There are many different types of flashing needed on the average roof, such as Drip edge for the eave and rake edge (perimeter of house), pipe jacks (for the vent pipes), step flashing (for around the chimney, skylight and side wall), Valley flashing (if your getting an open valley), and last but not least Counter flashing (covers the step flashings). Proper flashing is Very important, without your roof being properly flashed; you could have water problems in the first few years! By this point, your new roof should be complete, and the roofing contractor should be in the clean up stage.

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