The Process of a Residential Roof Replacement
There’s no denying that a residential roof replacement is a big job. Once it has been established that a roof needs to be replaced, the roof is measured and an appraisal is made. What happens after an estimate is prepared and new shingles are picked out? It’s a many-step project designed to provide the best roof possible. At Best Cincinnati Roofing, we provide maximum quality with minimal interference in your daily life.
Roof and shingle removal
Before your new roof can go on, it has to be decided whether your new shingles may be placed over the existing ones, or if everything needs to go. Many Cincinnati roofs can be re-shingled over a single layer of old shingles. However, it is definitely recommended that you remove all of the existing shingles because that allows for more extensive damage to be detected so future problems can be avoided.
When a roof is removed, many safety precautions are taken. These are meant to protect not only the workers and yourself, but also your home. Tarps laid under the roof to catch falling debris also make clean-up much easier. Rest assured that you will not have to clean up any of the detritus.
Damage inspection and repairs
Once your old shingles are removed, it’s easy to see any underlying damage and begin your residential roof replacement.
If the wood underlying your shingles is old, weak, or rotted, it will need to be replaced or repaired in sections. Depending on the severity of the roof damage, the whole wood decking may need to be replaced. We also check whether the wood decking is properly attached to the rafters inside. If it isn’t properly nailed down, there are chances it could warp and cause ripples in your roof.
When all repairs are finished and your roof is strong, it’s time for the final step of your residential roof replacement: new shingles. First, roofers install a layer of asphalt paper. This keeps water from leaking through your roof by blocking any that seeps in through the minute cracks between your shingles.
Once your Cincinnati roof is entirely covered with a layer of asphalt paper, the shingles are brought in. Roofers start around the edges of your roof and make their way upward. This ensures a beautiful, even looking roof. It also allows the shingles to nestle against one another to provide the most watertight seal possible. After the shingles are placed, metal edging is applied around the edges with the weakest seals.
Residential roof replacement bears a large up-front cost, but is a wise investment in the long run. It adds value and comfort to a home and ensures its longevity.
If you are in need of some Cincinnati roofing, please give us a call 513-367-7737.