Step-by-Step Guide to Roof Replacement

Whether it is because of a natural disaster, severe weather, or just ordinary wear and tear, the roof of every home will need to eventually be replaced. A roof replacement is a big, complex job that should only be done by professionals, it is possible for an untrained civilian to do it, but that is unadvisable. Professional roofing contractors will be able to do the job more quickly, more efficiently, and more thoroughly, so that your home is safe and secure once again.

The amount of time the roof replacement takes depends on a few factors, the size of the roof is the main one: larger roofs take a longer time, of course. The type of roofing material is the other. Asphalt roofs are the quickest, usually being completed within a short day. Metal roofs are usually completed in one day, or up to two days depending on the home, while more expensive roofing materials, like wood shake or slate can take up to a week. No matter the type of roof, or the reason for its replacement, Indianapolis residents can trust the roofing contractors at Jackson Contracting Inc. to do the job in a timely manner and to their complete satisfaction.

Step 1: Removing The Old Roof

Typically, the old shingles should be removed before the new roofing materials are laid down. However, there are cases where a new roofing material is to be placed over the old one. This is usually only possible when installing metal roofing over asphalt shingles and only if one layer of shingles is already on the roof. The removal of the old roof is not just to make space for the new roof, it is also so that the roofing contractor can inspect the wood decking underneath the roof.

Step 2: Inspecting The Wood Decking

The decking is important because the roofing materials need a solid base so that they can be properly installed. If the roof needs to be replaced because of damage from severe weather or falling debris, then there is a chance that the decking will have sustained some damage as well.

The decking could also become soft or rotted due to moisture collection over the years. The roofing contractor will perform a thorough inspection of the roof to make sure that the decking is in good condition so that the new roof will be secure.

Step 3: Getting The Roof Surface Ready

There are some additional steps involved in preparing the roof surface for new shingles, they are as follows:

Drip Edge Installation – This is a piece of non-corrosive metal placed on the edges of the roof that prevents water from getting underneath them and damaging the decking.

Underlayment Installation – The underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof material placed between the wood decking and the roofing materials. It prevents the water from rain or melting ice from seeping into the wood decking and causing damage to the roof surface.

Step 4: Installing The New Roofing Materials

This is the stage where the new roofing materials are finally installed onto the roof surface. As mentioned earlier, the time of installation varies based on the type of roofing materials being used. More expensive materials like slate take longer to install because they can crack or break if they are stepped on, so the roofing contractor has to be more meticulous during the installation process.

Step 5: Cleanup and Final Inspection

Once the roofing materials have been installed, the crew will cleanup any leftover debris from the installation to make sure that the house is clean for the homeowner. The Indianapolis roofing contractor will then perform a detailed inspection of the newly installed roof to make sure that there are no mistakes were made and that there are no flaws in the roofing material.

Once the contractor is satisfied that the new roof meets their standard of quality, the job is considered to be finally complete. The homeowner can be secure in the knowledge that they have a roof over their heads that will provide all of the protection they will ever need for a very long time.

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