In today’s roofing technology, it takes more than just having the experience to nail down on roof shingles, but because of the development of all-weather roof materials, a roof specialist must also learn the technological advantages of these roof materials, as well as getting hold of an effective, system approach to installing these materials. While the cost estimates are a major concerned in a roof replacement project, as this is a costly undertaking, yet a homeowner must make a lot of effort in making research on the latest and available technology of roofing procedures in the market so that he/she can work this out and consult with his/her right choice or roof contractor, who is knowledgeable, as well as owning enough experience on the new roof approaches, thus preventing installation pitfalls that can affect seriously the cost and time of the project.
As a roof contractor, he takes professional precedence in being mindful of protecting the residential properties of his client, such that before the re-roofing process is going to take place, he must ensure that all adjacent or surrounding areas of the house near the roof must be shielded by covering them with tarpaulin and plywood. Removal of all the old, roof shingles can take place once the nearby or adjacent parts of the house have been covered by tarps or plywood and, in doing so, a staff takes care of inspecting, at the same time, the condition of the wood decking before a new roof material will be installed.
Thorough inspection of the wood decking must be conducted, before installing the new roof shingles, so that any found rotted wood can be replaced with a new solid one as wood decking serves as the foundation structure for the roof shingles to lodge on. Also, an important inclusion during inspection is checking for missing nails during the removal of the old shingles, there is a possibility that installing the new roof materials are done without nailing back the old wood decking, thus causing visible bumps on the roof.
After the thorough inspection of the roof and before the installation of the new roof shingles, the roof specialist must prepare first the bare, roof surface by mounting three kinds of installations, which are the following: piece of metal bended at 90 degrees, called the drip edge, which is placed at all the edges of the roof to prevent water from the rain from going underneath the roof materials which are found near the edges; ice and water shield, which is a special kind of roof underlayment, that are bedded at the roof bottom and at all areas where there is possibility for rain to penetrate, like chimneys, pipes, and roof connections; roof felts placed all over the roof so that the shingles do not stick to the wood.
The last phase in roof replacement is the installation of the new roofing materials, working from the bottom to the upper part which will followed by a series of connecting procedures, such as counter flashing, ridge vents and capping. As homeowner, one must insist on the contract for a cleanup job and a post roofing inspection be done after the re-roofing process, so that you get the full satisfaction of being assured of a thorough roof job done for your home.