Roof Replacement Process

Roof Replacement Process

The roof is arguably one of the most important aspects of your home. A failed roof can not only leave your home susceptible to water damage, but it also leaves your family vulnerable, and unprotected. Because your roof is your main source of protection against the elements, the roof replacement process should not be taken lightly. When looking into having your roof replaced there are some basic things you need to know first before understanding the replacement process.

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Understanding the roof replacement process can come in handy when looking to hire a company to do the job. This way you’ll be able to keep up with the details with your roofing contractor.

  • The first step in the roof replacement process is removing the old shingles from the roof. The roofers will tear off all shingles and deposit them into a dumpster. Any other damaged aspects of the roof such as drip edging and gutters will also be removed as needed. Reputable roofing companies will ensure the exterior of your home is protected from potential damage from roofing materials with tarps.
  • The crew will then make any necessary repairs to your roof. These repairs will only be minor ones as replacement is the main objective. Damaged wood at the base may be replaced with new plywood sheathing.
  • Depending on the region in which you live, your roofer may install an ice dam. An ice dam is a waterproof material that keeps ice from melting under shingles preventing possible water damage.
  • Roofing paper will then be laid over sheathing. The roofing paper creates another layer of protection against water. The paper is applied in layers and is attached to the sheathing with tacks or staples.
  • If the drip edging has to be replaced, this will be the next step in the process. The drip edging is affixed on top of both the ice dam and roofing paper and serves to direct water away from the fascia and into the gutter.
  • Valley flashing is then applied where any two slopes of the roof meet. The purpose is to channel water runoff into the gutter. The flashing is then sealed with roofing caulk.
  • Shingles are next. When singles are applied they are placed from the bottom up, or from the edges up to the peak.
  • Next comes more flashing. It will be placed in areas that may become vulnerable to water such as chimneys and vents. This flashing will be installed in the same process as the shingles, from the edges to the peak.
  • Towards the end of the process, a ridge vent is installed along the peaks of the roof. This vent allows air to circulate through the attic space. Should your home have a roof in which a ridge vent is not practical, your contractor should be able to recommend vents to allow air circulation throughout the attic.
  • The final step of the roof replacement process is the cleanup. The roofing crew takes away and cleans up all debris associated with the replacement. Once the roof is completed it should then be inspected to ensure it is up to standard.


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