Today, I want to talk to you a little bit about what you should expect when getting your roof replaced. First, of course, you want to pick a contractor. This is likely going to be a referral from someone else. Maybe you saw a roofer doing a roof in your neighborhood or maybe you got a flyer on your door. Of course, word of mouth is most important and that’s where we get the majority of our roofs.
If you choose Mason Roofing, we’ve been in business for over 20 years, and have replaced thousands of roofs. Of course we would love for you to give us a shot.
What You Can Expect if You Choose SIIMPLER Roofing
A salesman will contact you. They will get with you on whether it’s an insurance claim or you’re paying for it out of pocket. They will get all of that established and then we will start to set the best time to replace the roof for you and for us. The average roof takes about a day to a day and a half. There are a lot of factors that are involved - the size of the roof, the steepness of the roof, if it’s two-story, weather conditions- there are a lot of factors. We will be able to give you a pretty good estimate, just because we have done so many roofs, about how long it will take.
Once we’ve established the date, now we’re going to get the materials delivered. We don’t store materials in a warehouse and piece-mill your materials. We order your job directly from the supplier – so it’s delivered by them, to your driveway. It’s going to be on pallets and it’s going to be shrink-wrapped, so, everything is new. We're not going to have stuff that’s been sitting around for years just waiting on someone to let us do their roof.
Generally, we start in the mornings between 7-9 o’clock. That’s a big window, but it just depends on daylight savings time, weather, rain, if the crew finished the roof before yours the night before. We’re not going to start another roof until the roof that we started is finished. We do bring in a dump truck or dump trailer that we will back into your driveway, so we will kind of block about half of your driveway with material and then we will block half of your driveway with a trailer or a dump truck.
The crews will come in with one or two personal vehicles and park out front, so you will have a variety of vehicles that will be out there. At this point, the crew will begin to check the perimeter of your house for landscaping that can be moved like potted plants, patio tables, BBQ grills, and also tarp a pool if you have a pool that needs to be covered.
The Removal Process
Now that they have the ground prepped, they are going to get on the roof, and this is the removal process. The removal process of your roof is getting the old roof off and then prepping the decking for the new underlayment. We use the synthetic underlayment versus the old tarpaper. It’s a newer product and it will definitely last longer and gives you a better wind rating. Once they’ve torn the shingles off, and they’ve put the underlayment down, now it’s time to put the starter shingle. Starter shingle is just the shingle that goes around the perimeter of the roof. This is what the first shingle will actually attach to, because they’re stacked up.
Now that they’ve got the roof prepped, we’ve checked all the decking, we’ve checked all the flashing - we’re going to roll out the valley metal. The valley metal goes in underneath the shingles. So it’s going to lay in the valley and then the shingles are going to go on top of it so you don’t see it, but it reinforces the valley if something were to ever hit it – if hail hits it or if a tree limb hits it or anything like that, to keep it from leaking. That’s your most susceptible place to get a leak.
In the state of Texas, it’s suggested to have 4 nails per shingle, which is what we put on most walk-able roofs. The steeper the roof is, the more nails that you’ll do per shingle, just because of the extra pressure the shingle has. But your average roof is going to have 4 nails per shingle.
The Ventilation Process
Now that we have your shingles all down, your vents will be terminated. Roof ventilation is going to be a variety of either wind turbines, ridge vents, passive vents, and then sometimes you’ll see a big power vent or a solar vent on the roof. Each of these are put on at the completion and then they are shingled around so they won’t leak.
The Clean Up Process
Once the shingles are on and all of your roof vents are on, it’s time for the clean up process. Our crew will go around with blowers to blow off the shingles, also clean out your gutters, down spouts, flowerbeds. We run roller magnets around the perimeter of the house and the driveway to pick up all the loose nails – there are lots and lots of nails that come off in the roof replacement process, and it’s important that they all get picked up and cleaned up for safety purposes.
Now that the roof is replaced, and the clean up has taken place, its time for you to enjoy your roof for years to come!