A roof covered with wooden shingles. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

There are some things in life that are pretty easy to replace, but shingle roofs are not one of them. From the materials to the cost calculation to the workload itself, it’s no wonder so many residential homeowners tolerate insufficient living conditions in lieu of committing to a roof replacement.

Eventually, however, all roofs will need to be redone. So if you’re a residential homeowner, it’s important to understand what exactly goes into the process of roof replacement and how the undertaking may impact you. In this helpful guide, we’ll discuss all of that and more.

For more immediate information, industry knowledge, and suggestions on roof replacement, you can get in touch with Express Roofing today.

This article focuses on the process of replacing a shingle roof, so if you have a home topped with roofing tiles, you may wish to refer to another post.

Step #1: Protecting Your Property

The first step to replacing a shingle roof requires that the property be tarped and dressed with protective layers. Whether it’s just a few people or an entire team of workers on your roof, the odds are good that a tool may be dropped or a process may go awry. In the event of any mishaps, it’s crucial to secure your property and belongings safely out of harm’s way. The last thing you want is a window, door, or plaster repair in addition to a full-on roof replacement!

Step #2: Out With the Old

The second step to replacing a shingle roof requires you to strip the roof of its current materials. After all, you can’t put on the new goods if the old is still hanging around. 

Step #3: Overall Inspection

Most homeowners opt for a roof replacement company when taking on this improvement project. In the event you hire out help for your shingle roof installment, you can expect your workmen to perform an overall inspection of the roof before beginning any labor. Your roofers will assess any damage, gauge the current state of the roof, and determine what amount and kind of replacement materials will be needed. 

Step #4: Preparation is Key

Although the ground and windows may be tarped, there is still more to prepare before the full re-roofing process can begin. Once an underlayment of wood decking is installed, there are three primary types of tools that assist in the remainder of the roofing process:

  • Drip edges
  • Moisture Shields
  • Roofing Felt

Drip edges are bent strips of metal shaped into 90-degree angles. They are placed at the bottom end of roof slopes to act as rain-catchers and to prevent moisture from traveling or becoming trapped underneath the incoming roof. 

Moisture shields, as the name suggests, are responsible for deflecting ice and water brought on by natural elements. Unlike the drip edges, which are only attached at the ends of the roof slopes, moisture shields form a second kind of underlayment that must be placed in more spots. Generally, these ice and water shields are placed anywhere a water leak can potentially occur, so you can expect it to be installed around chimneys, pipeline collars (or “flanges”), and various structural connection points on the roof. 

Lastly, roofing felt will be used in preparation for the new roof. For shingle roofing, this is usually the third and final underlayment material. It’s soft, felt-like texture prevents shingles from sticking to the initial base of wood decking (the part installed just prior to drip edges). 

Step #5: In With the New

Presuming you’ve properly selected, sourced, and transported your shingles, it’s finally time to install your new roof! Most likely, you’ll have a team of professionals working on the installment. If so, you may notice that they work from the bottom of the roof to the top. 

Once the base shingles have been laid, it may be necessary to add some supplementary features to the structure. Common roof replacement supplements include ridge vents, ridge capping, and counter flashing. Generally, these are all used to prevent buildup of moisture or to facilitate adequate airflow into areas of the home. 

Step #6: Disposing of Debris

If you’re doing your own roof replacement, the odds are you’ll be pretty exhausted when all is said is done. So you’ll be disappointed to realize how much cleanup can be involved after completing a project such as this.

Yet another reason why so many homeowners rely on residential roofing companies to perform this task is because they will take care of all cleanup once the job is done. That means you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing not only that you have a new, safe roof, but that you don’t have to do any of the pickup!

Step #7: Ultimate Inspection

A good workman always inspects the final product to make sure it’s up to standard. Whether you’re working with a professional roofer or trying to do-it-yourself — which is not recommended! — you’ll want to look over the roof after the replacement to confirm that the job has been done correctly and completely. 

This may mean doing a bit more work on shingle installment or some extra cleanup. If you didn’t calculate material needs properly, it may mean ordering more supplies — and extending the project indefinitely.

Indefinite projects aside, you definitely don’t need to go through the stress of a roof replacement all by yourself. It’s easy and affordable to hire a high-quality residential roofing company. If you live anywhere in Maricopa County, please contact Express Roofing today to learn how we can make your roof replacement stress-free and efficient.