Replacing your roof is a major undertaking, but something that all homeowners need to do at least every few decades. Because this type of repair can be expensive, make sure you know what to expect before you start the roof replacement.
What Happens During a Roof Replacement
The specific process for your roof replacement can vary slightly based on your home and the contractors you hire. That being said, it will always follow these general steps:
- The contractor will place protective plywood and tarps around your property.
- The contractor will remove the old shingles.
- They will inspect the wood decking and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
- The contractor will prepare the wood decking and install a drip edge.
- They will install an ice and water shield, then lay down the roofing felt.
- They will install your new shingles.
- The contractor will clean up your property.
- They will confirm everything looks good.
How to Prepare for a Roof Replacement
Your contractor will take some steps to protect your property, including placing tarps and plywood. However, you also want to prepare your property to minimize damage. Start by moving or covering any outdoor furniture and items. Use another tarp to cover items in your attic.
During the replacement, stay inside and away from the attic.
What Else to Expect
In addition to the need to protect your property, you should also expect a lot of loud noise. The exact noise level will depend on your roof. Many people choose not to be home during the roof replacement because of the noise.
Most replacement projects only take a day, but they can take up to several weeks.
Good roofing contractors will haul away your old roofing materials for you. They will also leave your property clean.