First, determine if you need a roof repair, roof re-roofing or roof replacement. Clearwater’s highly-respected roofing company Old Time Roofing is the first call you should make. They will conduct a thorough roof inspection and assess the roof’s condition. A roof repair is sufficient if the roof has reached the end of its useful life or severe weather conditions have caused some damage. If your roof is extremely old, with most of its roofing material having degraded, but the structure remains intact, you will need a roof replacement. Talk to a professional roofer about a high-quality roof replacement. The first step is to plan the project properly.
A homeowner should be familiar with the functions and components of a roof replacement system. This will help him or her to communicate the details with a roofing contractor. The first service a roofer should offer is a thorough roof inspection. This will reveal the condition of your roof structure.
The first task is to remove the old roof. The debris from removing them can cause damage and pollution to the surrounding environment. The roofer who handles the job of re roofing will ensure that the debris is removed safely without causing any damage to your garden or home. Before beginning the job, highly skilled companies will use a tarp. They will arrange for dump trucks to take the old roofing material away from your house and dispose of it properly.
The Components Of a High-Quality Roof Replacement
1. Renovating The Existing Structure
A roof inspection can reveal any weaknesses in the structure. The roofer’s first task is to repair the roof structure. Some wooden rafters might need to be replaced if your roof is older. These should be replaced and the rest may require fortification.
2. Roofing Underlayment
It is an essential part of a roof’s underlayment. This is where your roofing materials will be installed. It should have a waterproof layer that can withstand minor water damage before they become serious and need to be addressed. It should not stop air circulation. The moisture trapped in the underlayment can cause mildew growth, and health problems for the occupants. The underlayment should therefore be made from “breathable” material.
3. Drip Edge
Gutters are usually installed along the roof’s edge. They allow water to flow into them and then out through the downspouts. There is still a gap between the gutter and the eave. These roof components can become damaged if they are not taken care of. Installing a metal drip edge at the eaves will protect these vulnerable areas and prevent further damage.
4. Hip And Ridge Caps
Two sides of gabled roofs are sloping and meet at the apex. This is the ridge. These ridges will have gaps between their converging sides. This is where you need to install ridge caps. A joint between two sloped sides of a hipped roof is also found in this area. This is where the hip cap comes in. Ridge shingles are thicker, pre-bent. It is stronger and prevents cracking. Pre-bent shingles are designed to fit perfectly on the ridge and prevent them from being bent too hard. Some roofers cover the gap with a lightweight, breathable material.
5. Starter Strip For Shingles
This is a critical component for roof health. Wind force can cause damage to the roof’s shingles near the edges. Wind can lift and blow them away. Installing a shingle starter strip at the trims with a strategically placed adhesive band helps to avoid this problem. These strips are required for roof trims and gable trimmings. These strips will keep the first layer of shingle in place.
6. Valley Flashings
Valleys are the intersection of two roof slopes. This helps to allow the flow off. These valleys should still be covered with metal sheets. These sheets are known as valley flashings. The valley flashing is essential to prevent water from seeping in and causing serious water damage.
7. Chimney Flashing
It is important to seal the base of your chimney. They are usually sealed with roofing cement and metal sheets. These are known as chimney flashing.
8. Pipe Collars
Pipe collars seal the base of pipes. Galvanized steel is a common choice. It stops water from getting through the gaps between the vent pipes.
9. Guard Your Gutter
Gutters are essential to your roof’s health. They allow for unrestricted flow. They can also cause problems if they become clogged. Regular unclogging of gutters is a good way to maintain your roof’s health. If they are left open to collect debris, these gutters can easily become blocked. You should cover your gutters with gutter guards.
10. Trim Capping
While some people may consider trimming unnecessary, it is vital in maintaining fascia and soffit. Fascias and soffits are placed along the roof’s extremities. They are therefore highly susceptible to the forces and nature. They can be protected by a cap, which will also make your roof look neater.