Time for a Roof Replacement?
Everything is bigger in Texas they say, and that must include the heat index during the summer. Here in the Seminole, Texas area, the ‘summer’ heat can last almost 6 months! The other 6 months are split between a short spring (very short!), fall, and winter. So, if you’re needing a new roof installation, there is a wide range of good weather to do so.
When should I schedule a roof installation?
Across Texas, the milder temperatures are typically in the fall. We’re able to predict the weather better, most of the time, and for a roofing crew, it is the best time of the year. Between September and November is the most common time that new roof installations are scheduled. It is after the spring storms and blisteringly hot summer, but before the winter weather arrives from the north.
However, a roofing contractor should be two things: Honest and Flexible! Because here in the Lone Star State, the weather can change from the time it takes you to walk from the back door to the front door! So, while September, October, and November are the most recommended time frames to schedule a roof installation, the temperatures can still read 100 degrees in September, and it has snowed before Thanksgiving. And Halloween is rainy more years than it isn’t!
How long does roof installation take?
This can depend on the size of the house and if it is multi-level. The type of roofing material being used for the roof installation. Generally, a roof installation for a home up to 3,000 square feet can be completed within one day. If accessibility, complexity, and the weather are an issue, the job could take between 3 and 5 days to complete.
What do you need to know before scheduling a roof installation?
There are many things you should know about getting a roof installation, with the first thing being hiring a local contractor that is certified and insured. Ask for recent references with jobs similar to yours and take the time to call them! The other things you should know include:
Get more than 1 inspection and estimate
Even if your roof has a leak, you may not need a complete new roof installation. Getting more than one inspection and estimate will allow the opportunity to compare contractors.
Invest in Quality
A roof installation is an investment in your home, so get the best roofing material you can afford. Roofing is one of those things that “you get what you pay for” is accurate.
Roofing Materials Are Included
Review the estimates you receive from roofing contractors. Make sure your roof installation will include everything, including the shingles or whatever material you choose. Your roof is more than just the shingles you see from the street. So, wouldn’t it make sense to know what else makes a roof a roof?
A roof installation should include the following:
- Drip edge
- Ice & water shield
- Shingles or other Roofing Material
- Ridge Cap
- Roofing vents
- Pipe rubber boots
And if your home currently has a gutter system a new roof installation that is claimed on your homeowner’s insurance should include replacing the gutters and downspouts too.
What are the steps in the roof installation process?
The day for your roof installation will be an exciting and important day for you and your neighbors. Certain processes, steps, and techniques must be followed in order to give you a roof installation that will last for the time the roofing contractor quoted.
- The contractor will have all the materials on your estimate usually delivered the day before the job is to start. Have a place ready for the delivery, usually the driveway.
- Make sure the area around your home is clear of outdoor furniture, grills, yard art, etc. Any plants that can be moved should be placed somewhere away from the house.
- You may want to remove breakable and valuable things from the walls and out of the attic.
- The contractor and crew will tear off all the existing roofing and any decking and underlayment that is damaged.
- They will repair or replace the decking and underlayment as needed.
- Next, the drip edge is installed followed by the flashing.
- Next the shingle or whatever your roofing material choice will be installed.
- The next layer of flashing is installed where needed.
- Vents and rubber boots are installed next.
- The ridge cap is installed.
- Final inspection by the contractor and a walk-around with you is the final step.
What are the biggest mistakes in roof installation?
A contractor that is rushed and takes shortcuts is the biggest roof installation mistake! This is why you should hire a local contractor that has a reputation and several recent references in your area. Those shortcuts can include not tearing off the old roofing and using old flashing and rubber boots. These are things that you can have effects from later down the road.
How do I know my roof installation was done right?
As a homeowner, you probably aren’t going to want to climb up on the roof and inspect everything. But there are 4 things you can do from the ground:
- Check that the flashing is installed.
- Make sure the shingles have a uniform appearance.
- Use binoculars and look at the overhand and nailing.
- Inspect inside the attic for any rotted roof decking that should have been replaced.
What can cause a roof installation to fail?
A roofing contractor and crew that are rushed and take shortcuts! A substandard roof installation job is setting your home up for roof failure. Other causes for failure include:
- Lack of Flashing
- Mismatched Materials
- Third-Party Damage
- Lack of Preventative Maintenance
How do I choose a roofer for a roof installation?
If you’re filing this roof installation on your homeowner’s insurance, some have a list of recommendations. Ask your family, friends, and neighbors for their recommendations, and even check with your co-workers.
Once you have a list of roofing contractors, call them and schedule an inspection and estimate. Then ask them for recent references, and we can’t stress it enough, follow up with those reference checks!
Will homeowner’s insurance pay for a roof installation?
Basic homeowner insurance policies will provide coverage for any damage that requires repairs or replacement roof installation that natural disasters created. This includes hailstorms, hard rains, and high winds.
If you need a roof replacement, but you aren’t sure where to start, then give our team a call! We would love to talk you through the next steps.