Replacing your roof can seem overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time doing so. But when the time does come, as long as you remain aware of what your typical roofing project will entail, you’ll be able to recognize any problems that do occur. Roof replacement is done in a series of stages, and there are multiple factors that affect the way that the project is completed.
Factors Affecting Roof Replacement Projects
The weather is one of the biggest factors that affects roof replacements. It’s common for roofing companies to receive requests for roofing projects following bouts of bad weather; homeowners want to repair damage incurred to their homes and seal leaks. When there’s an unusual demand for roofing assistance, inclement weather might lead to slower completion of your project.
Roofing projects are also affected by the season. Snow will cause the same potential delays that rain will. When snow days are frequent, the project becomes much more of a hassle to finish. But high heat isn’t an answer to your problems; on very hot days, some roofing materials will melt, and other problems can occur.
The roof itself also impacts the potential timeline. Smaller roof projects have a shorter completion time than large roof projects. Flat roofs are faster to repair than steep roofs. There are other factors regarding the roof’s construction that might influence the project’s timeline as well.
The layout of your home might create a challenge for your roofing specialist. If you have a garage or pool or garden, these areas might block access points. Workers will also need to take extra care around these areas to prevent property damage and personal injury.
Timeline of a Roof Replacement
These are the stages of the roofing process in a residential area:
- You should contact a few different roofing companies to receive an estimate for the cost of the project. After you’ve decided on a company, schedule a time that the process will officially begin.
- Let the team prepare your home by placing a tarp or other material over the siding. They should also cover bushes, trees, and other landscaping features that have the potential to be damaged.
- The old shingles will be removed from the roof and disposed of. Removing shingles, regardless of the condition of the shingles, allows the team to take an objective look at the condition of the roof beneath the shingles.
- The plywood will be inspected for damage. Roofers will look for any signs of damaged plywood or insecure attachments. Repairs must be done before the new shingles are installed.
- The roofing company will take further steps to prepare your roof for the new shingles. These will vary depending on the specifics of the project. They might involve installing water protection, applying roofing felt, or installing drip edge.
- The new shingles will be applied.
- If it’s applicable, flashing will be applied around the vents and the chimney after the shingles have been applied.
- The roofing company will clean up any debris they’ve left behind.
- An inspection will take place to make sure that the roof was installed correctly and no mistakes need to be corrected.
In ideal circumstances, the whole roofing process should take two to three weeks. This includes the time that you spend calling roofers for estimates. Only three to five of these days — the final days — will be work days. All in all, your life won’t be disrupted as much as you might expect by a new roofing project.
You should be aware, however, that sometimes the project might take a longer period of time because of unforeseen elements that are outside the control of the contractor. For this reason, it’s best to plan the project during a time when there’s no inclement weather forecast. If inclement weather does occur, your roofing team might need to take a break in the middle of the project.
If you have concerns about the timeline, you should talk to your roofer about these worries. Ask for transparency regarding their plan for the roofing. Touch base with them at the end of each work day so that you know what they’ve accomplished and what is left to do.