Damage to a roof will not only result in costly repairs, but could also place the condition of your valuable properties and belongings at risk as well as the safety of your family. Therefore, it’s imperative that your roof is well-maintained at all times. If your roof does need repairs, then it would be wise to have the work done sooner rather than later to prevent the damage from worsening.
If you believe that your roof is in need of repairs, then here’s what you can expect from a professional roof repair process.
Step 1: Damage Inspection
If you have recently gone through a major weather disturbance or unusual incidents that could have damaged your roof, and you have failed to maintain your roof for an extended period, then you need to schedule a damage inspection as soon as possible.
Only professional roofers or roof inspectors should perform damage inspections to ensure that damage to your roof is correctly identified
Once the damage and its extent has been identified, the roofer will proceed to issue a price quotation for the repairs required on your roof. This quotation will include the cost of labor and materials. In some cases, it will also include any applicable government fees.
Step 2: Insurance Claim Assistance
Depending on the type of damage to your roof, you could be eligible to file an insurance claim. If you do intend to do this, it would be best to inform your roofing contractor before any work begins.
Step 3: Home Protection
Once your roofing contractor has identified the exact repair work required and any insurance issues have been taken care of, it’s time to proceed with the actual repairs. Whether your roof needs extensive repairs or simple ones, the contractor will always ensure that your home and belongings are well protected during the repair process.
This involves preventing unauthorized people from entering the premises during the repair work, covering your landscaping, installing temporary protection from the elements and even moving household items that could get in the way of repairs.
Step 4: Old Roofing Removal
If damage to a roof is severe enough, there’s a good chance that the contractor will need to remove the damaged materials first before installing new ones to ensure effective repairs. If the damage is extensive, then the amount of old roofing materials to be removed could also be significant. In most cases, the contractor will take responsibility for disposing damaged roofing materials.
Step 5: Roofing Base Repair
Most, if not all, repair services will begin at the base of your roof. If there’s been significant damage to the roofing materials, then there’s also a good chance that there’s damage to the roof base, which includes the deck and underlayment. If your roof’s base is still in good condition, then the contractor will proceed with the other repairs.
It’s important to understand that when contractors need to perform repairs on the roof base, this could mean add-ons to the job contract, especially if the damage is extensive and was unforeseen. It could also make your home uninhabitable for a certain time or at least until the necessary repairs to the base have been completed.
Step 6: New Material Installation
Once all the old and damaged portions of your roof have been removed, the contractor will then proceed to install new roofing.
Step 7: Installation of Other Components
During the repair process, there’s a good chance that the contractor would have had to remove and replace other components of the roof, such as flashing, gutters, insulation or waterproofing materials. The contractor would then need to reinstall these after they were removed to make way for new roofing materials. This reinstallation process will require a bit of patching work to ensure that no leaks form. If any minor damage occurred during the removal process, these will also need to be repaired.
Step 8: Final Inspection
Once the contractor is done, they’ll need to perform a final inspection before finishing the contract to ensure everything is in place. This final check should be performed by a certified inspector, so that the contractor can provide a workmanship guarantee on their work. This guarantee is important because it will cover any additional repairs should there be any problems with the job originally performed.
Step 9: Cleanup
Once the final inspection is completed, the contractor can now get started on cleaning up the worksite, beginning with removing any protection they installed at the beginning of the project. After protective covers are removed, all debris will be gathered and disposed of properly. When the roofing contractor is done, they will leave your home as clean as when they first arrived.
By hiring an experienced and trusted roofer in your area, you can expect them to follow these steps to the T. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your investment is in good hands.
Specializing in innovations in roofing replacement, Carol Tedrick serves as a valuable asset to the family-owned roofing company, Tedricks Roofing. With the aim of guiding customers with her many years of knowledge and experience, she shares her insights on roof replacements and other related topics through blog posts. Check out the company blog for updates from Carol!