Getting the most from your investment in a new roof will require a professional and experienced roofing install crew. Just one missed detail during install can turn into a costly headache for you, and there’s a lot of details. Worse, many small and large roofing companies have gotten good at avoiding any responsibility for these events. Most such issues won’t become apparent for a few years after the install, and after the contractor guarantee, yet can also void the materials warranty, leaving you without a roof and out the money. This is exactly why Express Remodeling has a handpicked crew, and have partnered with CertainTeed to offer the best warranty available which includes installation coverage.
Roofing Tear-Off and Prep
Quickly and carefully removing and disposing the old shingles and underlayment is the first step to a good install process. This must be done with some care along the edges, ridges, and valleys, to avoid any damage to to deck or eaves. Once the full deck is exposed, it can be more closely examined for any rot or deterioration, so panels can be replaced if needed.
Additions and adjustments to your roof’s ventilation system should be reviewed and prepped. In some instances this may require extra effort if installing ridge-vents and eave-intakes. Ventilation is an often overlooked, yet critical detail, of any roofing project. Properly ventilating the attic space will reduce the surface temperature of the shingles and the existence of moisture on the underside of the decking. Such proper ventilation prevents heat and excessive moisture buildup for shingles and decking of your roof, ensuring a healthier and longer life for your new roof.
Before installation, there should be a quick review of the flow of rainwater and meltwater, installation of open-valley gutters, and planning any changes to the gutter system. Most roofing projects don’t need any major changes, but if you have long valleys or dead-spots on your roof and there isn’t already an open-valley gutter, or you’re having drainage problems already, this is the time to discuss a water management.
Final prep for the installation of your new roof begins with laying new underlayment, followed by the drip-edge and rake. Careful attention to ensure these are properly measured, and applied without gaps or excessive overhang, will prevent rainwater from drawing up under the shingles. Finally, the shingles will begin to be installed, usually in an order specified by the manufacturer to ensure proper overlay and coverage. Last but not least, flashing and ridges will be installed and finished up, followed by a detailed inspection of the results.