Whether you’ve hired a professional or plan to install a roof yourself, understanding the roof installation process and steps involved will help you ensure your new roof is properly installed. Here’s an overview of the roof installation steps for metal roofing and asphalt roof shingles. If you don”t know what to expect with your roof installation you can have a better understanding of what the process is. Here’s a breakdown of what will happen when we come to install or replace your roof.
1. Remove Old Roof
The old roofing will have to be removed before the new roofing material is put in place. Many people will install multiple layers of roofing over top one another to save time; but adding too many layers (i.e., asphalt shingles) can lead to premature failure in the roof. The old roof should be torn off down to the sheathing, and rebuilt.
2. Evaluate the Roof
After removing the old roof, evaluate the sheathing. Roof sheathing is made up of flat panels that provide structural support and a base on which roofing materials, like shingles, are attached. Here we look for any moist areas or trouble spots that will have to be replaced.
3. Re-Nail Roof Deck
Now we must nail off the entire roof deck to code. This is mandated by Florida Building Code and enforced by local municipalities.
4. Install Drip Edge
The drip edge for the roofing goes down in two different parts of the roof installation. For the lower part of the roof it goes on before the underlayment, for the sides of the roof it goes on after. This prevents water from seeping under the drip edge. Again, we fasten and lap the drip edge to local building code.
We only install synthetic or peel & stick roof underlayment. Most other roofing contractors install the minimum 15# or 30# felt paper. The 30# underlayment is twice as durable as the 15#, but the synthetic products are much more durable than either felt paper option. If you are looking for the most effective way to protect your roof besides for the roofing itself, invest in the better underlayment, it performs better and is a more durable option.
6. Install New Roof
Finally we will install the architectural shingles. In a nut shell, we fasten shingles to the deck per code. At this time we will install any vents, or skylights and properly flash and seal from water penetration. The ridge vents, and cap shingles are the final process to wrap up a complete roof.
7. Clean up & Remove all Debris
We will clean up all roofing debris and do a walk around make sure the entire site is clean and free of any unwanted nails. We always cover plants and shrubs with blue tarps before starting a roofing project. This help us control and dispose of debris faster while keeping your flowers intact!