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9 Steps to a New Roof - Roof Repair and Replacement Series

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9 Steps to a New Roof - Roof Repair and Replacement Series

So, you’ve pretty much decided you’re going to be needing a new roof. What happens next?

1. Consultation with Architects and/or engineers, if changing the design of your building. Roof size and shape may need to be altered. Framing and tresses may need to be strengthened if you are changing to a heavier roofing material. Engineers need to work that into your design.

2. Consultation with Roofers to develop a plan on budget, timing, material options and quantities, and to what extent this is just a replacement of top level of materials (e.g., shingles and underlayment) or if more extensive work is being done. The roofing contractor will provide you with a detailed plan and estimate, and payment arrangements. For more information on the estimates and contracts, please see our blog on Roof Replacement Estimates.

For example, there are several types of roofing materials, all with their own pros and cons, and with a range of price points and durabilities. These include asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, metal roofing, ceramic tiles, slate, and synthetic materials. (For more about these, see our upcoming blog on shingles). The same holds true for underlayment, waterproofing, and insulation materials – there are options with different qualities and costs. Be sure to ask your roofing professional for advice tailored to your situation.

Note: Some roofing companies are only qualified to work on the roof itself and not on the underlying structures (deck, insulation, ventilation, framing). If you think you might have more extensive damage or need alterations in the underlying structures, be sure to check that the companies you are considering can handle all levels of the roofing system, and have a proven track record. For more information, see our blog on selecting roof contractors. McArthur Construction roofing professionals have the expertise, equipment and experience to meet all your roofing needs.

3. Building Code permits are obtained, either by the homeowner or your roofing professional. And the work begins!

4. Tear-Off. This involves ripping away the old materials. Most often, this includes tearing off roof and underlayment, down to the deck level. If more extensive repairs or changes are being made, it will go down even as far as the level of the framing.

5. Replacement of damaged deck areas as needed. If a completely new roof has been designed or required, other lower layers of the roofing system will be rebuilt first.

6. Application of new underlayment, ice shields, roofing material, vents and flashing.

7. Attachment and cleaning out of eavestroughs, soffits and fascia as needed.

8. Inspection and sign-off on building code requirements.

9. Clean up of work area and ground below, including the gardens, lawns, and foundation. Any damage is repaired. Magnet sweeps are done for metal materials left behind.

Roofing Replacement and Repair: What McArthur Construction can do for you:

We can install, maintain, and repair all aspects of your roofing system. We are BP Certified Roofer and Master Shingle Applicator by CertainTeed in every aspect of shingle installation techniques, good workmanship practices, roof systems, estimating, flashing, ventilation and approved procedures for installing all CertainTeed roofing shingles and BP roofing shingles.

We can provide comprehensive services such as:

  • Residential and commercial roofing maintenance,
  • Shingle repair and replacement
  • Complete roof replacement if needed
  • Roof ice and snow removal
  • Temporary protection for storm or accident-damaged roofs.

Talk to your roofing professional about how they can help you.

Happy Roofing!

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