Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Upcoming Roof Replacement Project

Posted on: 29 December 2020

When you own your home, roof work is usually an inevitable project to keep your home fully protected from the elements. Here are some recommendations to help you get ready for your home's roof replacement project.

Choose a Replacement Method

Your home's existing roofing is at the end of its lifetime, but will you need to have it removed first? Most roofing companies know that it is economical and legal to place your new roof over the old layer of shingles without causing any problems down the line. And there are some reasons to add a second layer of shingles and other reasons to remove the old layer first. 

Consider your existing roof and if you have had any issues in the past with leaks or the possibility of leaks. If there has been any chance for a moisture leak to seep into your roof decking, your professional roofer should remove the old layer of shingles first so they can inspect and replace the decking if any moisture damage exists. However, placing the new shingles over an existing layer of old but intact shingles is acceptable and will provide continued protection to your roof and still give you the full shingle warranty. Talk to your professional roofer about their recommendations for removing your old layer of shingles or roofing right over them.

Prepare Your Yard

There are some items you can complete to get your home ready for roof replacement. Mow your lawn just before the project because you may not be able to access your lawn for several days during the roof project. Also remove any vehicles from the driveway and equipment, such as an outdoor grill, patio furniture, or bicycles from your yard to provide full access to your home to the roofing team. This will also protect your possessions from the potential for damage during the removal process.

Plan For an Inspection

When you hire your roofer to replace your roof, they should complete an inspection sometime prior to starting the roof replacement project. Your roofing professional will need to check your home's interior ceiling and attic space to determine if there is any moisture damage that will require further replacement of, for example, the rafters, insulation, or roof decking. A good roofer who is going to do a thorough job on your roof replacement should be expected to complete this step.

To prepare for an attic inspection and roof work, clear attic storage away from the walls of the attic space, which will provide access for your roof to inspect. They will need to get a good look at the roof decking and exterior roof structure from the attic space, so any little bit of preparation will make their job easier. Then, if you plan to have your roof decking removed and replaced, you can cover items in your attic that may need protection from debris or dust during the roof work.

To learn more, contact a roofer that offers services like shingle replacement.

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The Importance Of Roof Repair

One day last month while it was raining outside, my wife and I noticed that water was dripping inside the house. We placed a bucket under the drip so the water wouldn't ruin the floor. The next day, I called a roofing company and a contractor came to the house and inspected our roof. The contractor discovered that several shingles were missing from our roof and that's what caused the leak. The day after the roof inspection, the roofers came to our home and replaced the missing shingles. That night it rained again and my wife and I were glad that the roof leak was fixed. My name is Timothy Warren and I'm writing this blog to inform others about roof leaks and the importance of roof repair. I hope that by reading this blog, you can avoid costly damage to your home because of a leaky roof.

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