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What to expect during The Roof Replacement Process

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What Should I Expect When Replacing My Roof

Whether you are replacing your roof due to damage from a storm or just due to age, the process can be overwhelming. After all, your roof is your first line of defense against the elements and a large part of your home’s first impression. 

Custom Exteriors is your trusted partner to walk you through each step. You can find what to expect throughout the process right here on our website. We will walk you through each process of the roof replacement. From inspection to the insurance process, if applicable, to delivery, and finally, installation. 

As the premier roofing contractor in The Front Range, Custom Exteriors, LLC offers professional roof replacement services for residential and commercial properties. If you could benefit from working with the top-rated roofing contractor for your roof replacement project, call us today and speak to our experts.

What to expect before, during and after a roof replacement

Prepare for your roof replacement

the weeks leading up to installation

  1. Inspection: After a severe weather event, there is a possibility your roof sustained damage. As part of an accurate replacement estimate, your roof and surrounding property will receive a thorough inspection. This will include inspecting each part of your roofing system, your attic space, and other areas, such as siding and windows, that may have sustained damage. The information from this detailed inspection is how your roofing contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate for repairs and the full scope of your project. 
  2. Choose A Qualified Roofing Contractor: When choosing a roofing contractor, look for contractors who have a proven track record of completed projects similar to yours. They should also be fully licensed and insured and have a local reputation for doing quality work. Ensure they will provide a clear and detailed scope of work and an adequate warranty for their work
  3. Financing And Payments: Once you have selected a qualified roofing contractor, your project will be ready to get underway. It’s important to keep in mind that payments for exterior remodeling often require payments throughout production. If you require financing to complete your project, it’s best to get approval prior to starting your project to ensure you have the funds needed to complete it on hand. If insurance proceeds are being used for your project, your contractor should negotiate directly with your insurance carrier for timely payments throughout the project. 
  4. Permits And Regulations: In most cases, your new roof will require permitting and inspections from your local jurisdiction. A licensed roofing contractor will be able to pull the permits needed for your project and will be aware of any specific roofing codes for your area. 
  5. Planning: Once you have selected your contractor and prepared for the upcoming installation, both you and your roofing contractor will begin the planning process. Your contractor will work with a roofing supply company to schedule the delivery of the materials needed to replace your roof. This may also include arranging installation crews, finalizing shingle and accessory choices, and providing any additional equipment needed for your project. Homeowners should plan for some of the possible inconveniences a roof replacement can cause, such as limited access and loud noises. Once your installation date is set, arrangements should be made considering these factors. 

the days leading up to installation

  1. Material Delivery: As you approach your roof installation date, it’s like your shingles and roofing accessories will be delivered. The shingles are often loaded directly onto the roof. However, vents and accessories will need a safe place for storage until the installation date. You should discuss the roof delivery plan with your contractor in advance and prepare for any inconveniences you may encounter during this time. Additionally, ensure there is a clear path for the delivery truck that provides access to your home or business. 
  2. Equipment Deliver: Depending on your specific needs, you may see additional equipment, such as dumpsters and portable restrooms may be delivered.  On smaller roof replacements, a portable dumpster will likely be towed onsite on the day of delivery. However, if your roof is being replaced in a multi-family community or your property has a very large roof, a larger dumpster will likely arrive in the days preceding your installation.  
  3. Remove Items That Could Be Damaged During The Replacement: During the days prior to your roof installation, it’s important to remember that replacing even a small roof is a major undertaking. It often requires heavy equipment, large installation crews, falling debris, and loud noises. Prior to installation day, it’s advisable to remove items that could potentially be damaged during the installation. This includes toys, planters, and decorative items that could be affected by the removal of your old roof. As a courtesy, clean up pet waste that could be stepped in by those working on your home or business. 
  4. Inspect Roofing Materials: In most cases, delivery goes off without a hitch. However, it is always a good idea to inspect the materials with your roofing contractor to ensure the proper materials were delivered, are damage-free, and ready for installation. 
  5. Safety: The delivery and installation of roofing materials can present some safety hazards. This is particularly true when pets or young children are present. During and after delivery, keep young children and pets inside for their own safety. Make sure the delivery area is clear, and there are no obstructions preventing a safe delivery. You may want to alert your immediate neighbors of the upcoming delivery dates to allow for any accommodation needed to keep everyone safe during delivery and installation. 

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What you should do on your roof replacement day

What we will do on your roof replacement day

After your roof replacement

Roof replacement projects can be messy. Because of this, falling debris can damage the landscaping around your home. Your roofing contractor should take precautions to protect your yard and clean up debris after the project is complete. This will include running magnets along your yard, sidewalks, and driveway to collect any loose pieces of metal that could cause damage. 

Roof Replacement Facts

You will know when it is time for a roof replacement if you find that you have a leaky roof, or by seeing signs such as obvious water damage on ceilings or in attics, sags in the roof that indicate damage, mold, moss, small mushrooms/fungi, curling shingles or missing shingles.
The price of your roof replacement can depend on the exact type of roofing material you seek as some are more costly than others. There are plenty of expensive options, but there are also plenty of affordable roofing materials that will still provide stable protection.
Yes, if you are the homeowner and doing the work yourself you will need to obtain a permit from the city or town where you live. This will also ensure that you are authorized to do the roofing job and are aware of building codes.
If you have a home warranty, it will generally cover roof replacement which can help you save money on your roofing needs once you pay an insurance deductible.
Most professional roofers agree that due to weather issues, the Fall of the year is generally the best time.
If using roofing professionals, it can often be completed in a day depending on the weather, but you could be looking at 3 to 5 days, or as long as 3 weeks. Your roofing crew will be able to take a look and give you an estimate on how long it may take to assure your complete satisfaction.
Before any roofing project, but most specifically a roof replacement, remove items from indoor walls, move your vehicle to a safe spot, remove lawn furniture and ornaments close to the house, and consider where children and pets will be while the work is going on.

Signs Your Home Needs a Roof Replacement

Do you think you could benefit from a roof replacement?

The easiest way to know if you could benefit from a roof replacement service is if your roof is more than 25 years old. Roofing experts recommend replacing your roof every 25 years to keep your home in great shape.

However, you don’t have to wait 25 years. Have you noticed cracked or missing shingles? Damage to your shingles can promote water damage in your roofing system. Because of this, the moment you notice cracked or missing shingles, you should contact a roofing expert to do a full roof inspection for your home.

Another sign your home might benefit from a roof replacement is if your roof has noticeable sagging. A sagging roof point toward structural damage in your roofing system that isn’t easily fixed. This can lead to leaking and other damage to your home.

The last thing to keep a look out for is algae and mold growth on the surface of your roof. This is important because these contaminants break down the structure of your shingles, which leads to cracking and breakage. If you notice a lot of algae and mold growth, it’s time to call in a professional roofing contractor.

The experts at Custom Exteriors, LLC offer a free roof inspection for your roof replacement project. We’ll let you know what services we recommend to take care of the issues you’re having with your roof. No matter what signs you’ve noticed, call us today to speak to a roofing expert.

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