The roof plays a critical role in protecting your home from moisture and other outside elements. While nobody fancies the idea of spending huge sums of money to replace a roof, the aesthetic and protective function it serves should help ease the pain of executing a roof replacement project. Here are the three essential layers of a roof replacement job.
Shingles form the primary layer to defends your home from water damage. You can tell the overall health of your roof by simply checking the wellbeing of the shingles. Cracked, curled, or worn out shingles are signs you need a roof replacement. Your roofer may need to tear off the layers under the old shingles right down to the wood decking before installing new ones.
After tearing off old shingles, your roofer will inspect your roof’s wood deck to determine if it needs minor repairs or total replacement. The wood deck serves as the base for your roof and helps to keep the shingles intact.
The underlayment provides a water-resistant or waterproof barrier over the deck. A common underlayment material is roofing felt which uses asphalt as the preferred protective material. To create a better seal, flashing is installed on some areas of the roof which are more prone to leaks, such as valleys and skylight and chimney perimeters. The most common flashing material is rust-resistant metal.
If your home has a chimney, your roofing contractor may suggest installing a chimney cricket to help prevent ice and snow from building up around the chimney.
All roofs need to be adequately vented to allow moisture to escape and prevent water damage to the roof and the entire home. There are different types of ventilation systems, including ridges and vents. These fixtures are installed along the ridge and at the peak of the roof, allowing hot air to escape and allow in cool air through soffit vents. A complete roof replacement estimate will include all types and styles of vents to be installed. Fortunately, ridge vents come in multiple styles and designs to match your home’s exterior décor.
Pipes and fans also allow air to escape from your home’s interior, including such rooms as bathrooms or your attic. Your roofer will recommend if the existing pipes and fans can stay or if you’ll need new ones.
Overall, a roof replacement project will take from 1 day up to a week to complete. The exact duration will depend on the number of components which need replacement and the level of detail in your home. Additionally, roofs with higher pitches may take longer to replace due to the extra caution required to safely work on them. While a full day or more than one day may seem to be a long time, a new roof will give you decades of protection from harsh weather elements. Consider working with West Orange Roofing in Central Florida for your next roof replacement project.