A properly designed and well-built roof in Akron and Canton OH is one of the most essential elements when it comes to protecting your home, its contents and its residents. And although many roof related problems can be alleviated with maintenance, sometimes re-roofing is necessary. The process, however, can be complicated and the ramifications of a poorly done job can be disastrous. Here’s what you need to consider in terms of getting a new roof.
Can I do it myself?
To avoid a potentially costly expense, some homeowners may consider re-roofing themselves. However, when it comes to roof replacement, not engaging with a professional can have consequences and some of them are serious. These include:
Safety: One of the greatest concerns with attempting DIY roofing is safety. And while the internet may be full of ‘helpful’ advice, the fact is there is no substitute for the proper use of equipment that skilled roofers will undertake in order to keep their employees and the workplace safe.
Inexperience: Due to a lack of skill and long-term experience, many DIY’ers are guaranteed to make mistakes and some of them will be costly. These include insulation problems, leaky roofs and more serious damage that can translate into significant repairs later down the road.
Delays: Attempting reroofing yourself will probably take a fair amount of time, particularly if you run into problems throughout the process (which is more than likely). Employing a professional to do the job will ensure the project is completed efficiently and to industry standards.
Weather: Weather is, of course, unpredictable, however, professional re-roofers will have a contingency plan in order to deal with not just the effects of the elements, but the delays that go along with it.
How will a professional go about it?
If you’re thinking about getting your roof replaced and are thinking about using a professional, there will be a number of formal stages to undertake before they start the job. Of course, it does depend on the extent of re-roofing and what’s involved, but here is a general rundown:
A professional will inspect and evaluate your old roof and then carefully take note of all of the roofing and guttering measurements.
Next, they will analyze their findings and provide you with an itemized quote and a detailed plan in terms of how they’ll proceed. In most cases, the process will involve stripping down a large part or all of the elements that currently make up your roof. These will then be replaced with new materials and possibly new framing, or an entirely different structure may be considered.
The quote should not only include labor and the cost of the replacement materials, but a cost to dispose of old roofing materials and to undertake a final tidy up. It may also include recommendations for roofing options and additional features. Your re-roofer should also take into consideration your own requests and include these in the formal quote if they’re achievable. This may include things like replacing guttering and/or downpipes.
At this stage you should also ask how long the warranty is on the materials they’ll be using, and confirm that they are licensed, insured and have the appropriate references.
Once the quote is approved, your re-roofer will start their initial preparation, which can involve using the proper safety precautions in order to thoroughly clear and clean the area. This will create an ideal working environment for them to proceed with the project.
They will then start removing the old roof. This can involve stripping away existing tiles and the metal flashings around the roof. As they go, they should continue to inspect the structure of the roof in order to highlight any rotten areas or water damage.
Before adding the flashing and completing the job, many re-roofers will also apply silicone adhesive to your roof to improve its insulation.
Why does my professional roofer need to be licensed?
In terms of undertaking a roof replacement, most states require roofers to be appropriately licensed by law. The types of licenses required depend on the state the work is taking place in, the size of the professional’s business and the type of specific work they intend to do.