Replacing the roof on your home is a significant home improvement construction project that requires a lot of consideration and research on your part. You want to make sure you choose the right materials based on their aesthetics as well as their durability. You also want to make sure you hire the right roofing contractor. Horror stories abound in this industry but yours doesn’t have to be one of them! Understanding the roof replacement process is the first step.  

1. Select a Roofing Contractor

Whether you choose to engage one contractor or get bids from several contractors your first step should be to research potential roofing contractors. With Google this is a fairly easy process. When looking at residential roofers check out their google reviews, their BBB profiles, and the Secretary of State website to see how long they have been in business and to make sure they are really a local contractor in good standing.

2. Initial Roof Assessment

The first thing that will happen is your roofer will come out to inspect your home roof and take measurements. They will determine the present condition of not only the roof, but also your gutters, fascia, soffits, flashing, and decking. They will also make notes on whether the materials can be safely loaded onto your roof, how many existing layers on your roof will need to be removed, and the steepness of your roof. All these things, along with your chosen roofing material (shingles, tile, etc.), factor into your residential roof replacement bid. Most professional roofing contractors should be able to work up a bid within a few days.

Workers on roof in Colorado

3. Material Selection for Residential Roof Replacement

You should choose the type of roofing material that will fit the character of your home and your neighborhood. You will also need to consider your budget. Finally, if you are considering a particularly heavy material such as tile, you need to assess whether your home’s roof structure can manage the weight. 

The most common residential roofing material is asphalt shingles. They are durable, inexpensive, and come in a wide range of colors and styles. Tile is also a popular and stylish option for residential roofs. There are a few different types of tiles to choose from. Tile is typically at least twice as expensive as asphalt shingles but will last much longer. Metal panel roofing systems are also becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. They provide a unique style and are the longest-lasting option available. They are energy-efficient and incredibly durable. However, like tile, they do cost quite a bit more than asphalt shingles.

4. Obtain Necessary Permits

In Colorado, your roofer will obtain the necessary permits to re-roof your home. They must be licensed in the jurisdiction where the property sits in order to pull the permit. So, make sure your contractor gets the necessary permit and posts it on the front of your house prior to beginning work. These permits are a critical part of the roof replacement process. Fortunately, they can usually be obtained within a few days.

5. Delivery of Roofing Materials

A few days before your residential roof replacement is scheduled to begin, the roofing materials will be delivered to your home. These materials will be loaded onto your roof unless there are some access issues such as trees or powerlines that prevent this from happening. In that event, they will be dropped off in your yard or on your driveway.

Roofing Process remove old roof material

6. Remove Old Roofing Material

Most home roofs will be replaced in one or two days. Removing the old material is the messiest part of the roof replacement process. The crew will typically start around 7:00am and should begin by tarping the area around your house. The next step is the removal of the old roofing materials. This normally creates a lot of noise and produces quite a mess in your yard. However, any professional roofer will do a thorough cleanup once the job is finished. Materials will be removed down to the bare wooden decking.

7. Inspection of Decking

Your roofing contractor will then inspect the wooden decking for signs of moisture, sagging, rot, or other damage. Damaged decking must be repaired or replaced to comply with building codes and manufacturer’s warranty requirements. Solid sheath decking is also critically important for the structural integrity of your home roof. If damaged decking is found, then your roofer will document the damage and your contract price will likely need to be amended to include this added cost.

Colorado Superior Roofing & Exteriors contractors shingle install

8. Installation of Underlayment, Ice and Water Shield, and Flashings

Once the deck is properly prepared, the contractor will install the underlayment and ice and water shield if required by code. These materials function as a watertight barrier between your outer material such as shingles and your roof decking. Your roofer will also install metal flashings around roof penetration such as vents and other areas like your chimney and where your shingles meet your siding, stucco, or brick.

9. Install New Roofing Material on Your Home

Once your roof is watertight, it’s time to install your primary roofing material. These materials will be carefully installed in accordance with local building codes and manufacturer’s guidelines. If you have selected tile, then your roofer will need to do some additional work first like installing the batten system which is essentially the platform that your tile will sit on.

10. Install Ridge Vents and Ventilation

Proper ventilation is critical to ensure the future integrity and longevity of your residential roof. The installation of ridge vents or turtle vents ensures proper airflow in your attic and prevents condensation from forming under the decking. Although the replacement of soffit vents is not a normal part of the roof replacement process, this is a good time to get in the attic and make sure they are not obstructed.

11. Clean Up and Inspection

When the roofing job is complete, the roofing crew leader should perform a final inspection to make sure all the details are covered. Then the crew will clean up the work area including your yard. They should also do a nail sweep using roofing magnets.

12. Final Inspection from Local Authorities

The next step is for your roofer to notify the local building authority that issued the permit. This is to ensure that the roof complies will all applicable building codes, and to enable the roofing contractor to close out the permit.

Residential Roofing Project completed by Colorado Superior Roofing & Exteriors

13. Documentation and Warranty Paperwork 

This is the final step in the roof replacement process.  Once the roof has passed inspection and you have paid your invoice, your roofer should provide you with the documentation for your new home roof that specifies what type of material was installed on your home and the date of installation. You should also receive all manufacturers’ warranties and information as well as the contractor workmanship warranty documents.

At Colorado Superior Roofing we have been replacing residential roofs and commercial roofs for over 20 years. We are A+ rated with the BBB and Preferred Roofers with Team Dave Logan.

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