At some point, your shingle roof will need to be replaced. The reason it needs to be replaced may vary. For example, your roof may have sustained serious damage during a storm, or perhaps it has simply reached the end of its expected life span. Once a roof reaches a certain age, it should be replaced since it will be more vulnerable to damage. Once a roofer has performed an evaluation and determined a roof replacement is required, they will provide you with an estimate. When you sign the agreement, work will begin. However, you’ll want to know exactly what the process of replacing a shingle roof will entail.
The Roof Replacement Process
The following is a brief breakdown of what you can expect if you’ve decided to replace your shingle roof.
- Materials will be ordered – Once you’ve agreed to the estimate, work will not begin right away. First of all, you have decided what kind of roof you want installed so the roofer can order the necessary materials. This is one reason why work can’t be started right away. The roofer will generally have the materials drop-shipped to your home.
- The schedule will be determined – The roofer will schedule the work based on what’s convenient for you as well as their schedule. They will also take into consideration weather reports if they are available. Keep in mind unexpected weather can delay work, thereby changing the schedule.
- Your property will be prepped – After the materials have arrived, the roofer will send a team to prep your property and begin work. Prepping the property won’t take long. It’s just a matter of laying down tarp to protect nearby bushes and plant life from any debris falling from the roof.
- Your old roof will be removed – The roofing team will begin to remove your existing shingles once the property has been prepped for work. The materials removed from your house will be collected and properly disposed of. While it doesn’t usually take long to remove the shingles, it may take longer if the roof deck also needs to be removed. Additionally, some materials are easier to remove than others. For example, asphalt shingles are light and easy to remove, but clay shingles are heavier and require more care in their removal.
- Your new roof will be installed – After your existing roof has been removed, the roofer can begin installing the new roof. The time it takes to do this depends on a variety of factors, from the number of roofers working on the project to the type of roof they are installing to the size of the roof. For example, with a crew of five roofers, a roofing company should be able to replace an asphalt shingle roof for an average-sized home in one to two days. However, a slate shingle roof may take as long as a week to properly install.
- Your property will be cleaned – No reputable roofer will just leave after finishing the installation of your new roof without cleaning up after themselves. A lot of debris will have fallen down from the roof during the removal and installation process. While the tarp was put down should have collected the majority of this debris, the roofer should comb through your yard for things like nails and other such materials which may have fallen into the grass.
- Your roof will be inspected – Finally, a thorough inspection of your new roof will be conducted to ensure it was properly installed and there were no mistakes made during the installation process. Once the inspection has been completed, you will pay the roofer for their work.
Do You Need a Shingle Roof Replacement?
Although some roof damage can be repaired, there are instances in which certain types of damage indicate it’s time to replace your roof. The following are some of the most common signs you need a shingle roof replacement.
- Your asphalt shingles are beginning to curl.
- Your gutters are filled with granules falling off of your asphalt shingles.
- There are more than a few shingles missing throughout your roof.
- Your roof is visibly showing wear and tear.
- Your asphalt shingle roof is more than 20 years old.
- Your roof is sagging, meaning the deck is likely damaged by rot.
Schedule a Shingle Roof Replacement Today
If you need to replace your shingle roof or would like to have it inspected to determine if a replacement is needed, then be sure to contact us at West Orange Roofing in Central Florida to schedule a free estimate today.