A new roof can help protect your home when your old roof has damage or signs of wear. If you think you need a new roof, you’re probably wondering how the process works. Here’s a guide to what you can expect when you’re getting your roof replaced.
The first step
If you think you may need a roof replacement, call a reputable roofing company who offers a free inspection. You shouldn’t risk getting up on the roof yourself since this could lead to severe injury. Many types of residential roofing materials can be slippery, which can put you at great risk of suffering a serious fall.
In addition, a professional knows how to thoroughly inspect your roof. He’ll look for signs of damage or excessive wear that can compromise its effectiveness.
Getting an estimate
If the roofer recommends getting a new roof, they should provide an estimate in writing for materials and labor. The amount of the estimate depends on several different factors. These include the square footage of your roof as well as the roofing materials you choose.
Choosing the best material
A design staff should be available to work with you to determine the best type of material to choose for your new roof. Considerations include the material’s appearance, weight, color, cost, and longevity. No single material is right for everyone, because each has its own advantages.
Asphalt shingles, for example, are probably the most common roofing material. They’re also long-lasting, with a warranty of 20 or even 30 years. This type of roofing material is quite common, which can be a plus or a minus, depending on your point of view. You may want to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood, or you may want to be more unique.
Tile roofs are also a popular choice in Orlando and in other Central Florida areas. They’re not appropriate for every type of roof since they’re quite heavy. This means the roof framing must be able to safely support the load. Tile roofs are more expensive than asphalt ones, and they usually have very long warranties.
Layers that could need replacing
Although you may think of your roof as being made up of shingles or tiles, the following parts also make up your roofing.
- The frame – This is the first part of your roof to go up during construction. It’s made up of joists (load-bearing planks), trusses (the structural framework supporting the roof), and rafters (beams assembled at the construction site to support the roof).
- Decking – This is the surface that roofing materials are attached to.
- Underlayment – The underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof barrier. It’s installed onto the roofing deck.
- Water barrier – Your water barrier is an underlayment installed onto the decking. It protects parts such as your decking and attic as well as your home.
- Plumbing vents – These provide ventilation for your home’s plumbing.
- Flashing – This thin sheet is installed around a vertical surface that intersects with the roof plane.
Communication is key
A roofing company should be upfront about the cost you’ll incur by providing a written estimate. You should have no hidden fees along the way and receive courteous services. In addition, the company should also let you know how long the job will take and will let you know about any delays (such as those caused by the weather).
Getting a roof replacement in Central Florida
You should call West Orange Roofing for your roof replacement needs. Our family-owned and operated business has been in business for 40 years, developing good relationships with suppliers and customers alike. We’re fully licensed and insured in the state of Florida.
Our staff will help you determine the best material for your roof. We’ll then be upfront with you every step of the way, updating you as needed. And our final cleanup will leave your yard and other areas the way they were before your roof was installed.
We provide a lifetime limited transferable warranty against manufacturing defects and a 7-year warranty on labor. This coverage can be assumed by the new owners if you sell your home. In addition, we offer a 15-year StreakFighter warranty to prevent algae from damaging your roof. A 10-year SureStart protection and a 110-mph wind-resistance guarantee (upgradable to 130 mph) are also included.
When we install your roof, you can have confidence in the labor and in the materials used. We’ll let you know just what to expect in a roof replacement and will stay in close communication with you throughout the process.If you may need a roof replacement, contact West Orange Roofing in Central Florida. Call us today – we will be there tomorrow!