Right off the bat, we want to set your expectations that the roofing process can be long and tedious. Not only are you going to be investing time, effort, and money in making sure that your roof is in the right condition when it’s done, but you’re also investing in the labor cost of roofing contractors.
In some cases, homeowners take it upon themselves to install their roofs without the supervision of professional and qualified roofing specialists. This might help them save money in the short-term, but the improper way of installing a roof can also inadvertently lead to more problems in the future. If you’re going to install your roof with your own means and materials, it’s best to have the supervision of a professional. After all, if you’re going to invest thousands of dollars in terms of materials for your roof, you might as well carefully follow the steps to mitigate damages.
But before anything else, we have to know what is required to start the roofing process.
Your Roof’s Design
A roof’s design is one of the main determining factors that will not only affect the aesthetic finish of your roof and your home but will also grant different long-term advantages. Each roof design has its own unique advantages and it’s best to do some research first before looking for the right roof design.
Each roof design will have certain roofing materials specifically tailored for it. Flat roofs tend to use EPDM, TPO, and PVC. Gable shaped roofs and hip roofs tend to use shingles, tiles, and metal roofing. It’s best to keep this in mind when choosing the right materials for the job.
Likewise, gable shaped roofs are quite resistant to the effects of rain, high winds, and snow since the triangular shape can shed water and ice easily. Flat roofs, on the other hand, are susceptible to water damages and the fluctuation of temperatures but can give extra space for HVAC equipment and space for development.
Choosing Your Roofing Material
As discussed in the previous section, each roof design will correspond to certain roofing materials. Certain roofing materials tend to fair well on warmer weather, but there are also some materials that are durable even when faced with harsh cold weather conditions.
If you’re not sure about what materials you should be choosing, you can always consult your local roofing contractor. You can also do your own independent research on what you can use for your roof.
Tools You Will Need
Just like building any other part of your home; you’ll need the right equipment and tools for the job. The right equipment can make sure that you are safe from the potential hazards that might cause accidents on your roof. Additionally, the right tools can also expedite the process of installing your roof.
Before doing anything else, make sure that you have the following tools:
- Roofing Hatchet
- Roofing Shovel
- Measuring Tape
- Prying bar
- Framing Square
- Tin Snips
- Hammer Tacker
- Power Nailer
- Roofing cement
- Caulking Tool
Steps In Roofing Your House
No worries, if you think that the process of installing a roof might be overwhelming, then you can follow these easy steps to make sure that your roof is in good condition once it’s done.
Securing Your Permits
First things first, we have to know what are the building codes in our area and if it’s compatible with our plans. Once that’s done, we have to secure the permits to avoid any legal civil code penalties.
Remove The Old Roof (If Necessary)
If you’re trying to replace an old set of roofing materials, then you’ll have to remove the old roof. Homeowners have to keep in mind that certain roofing materials will have a different way of installation. Likewise, these materials will also need to be removed in a different way. Removing your roof can be a bit messy, so you’ll need to remove the waste with a roofing shovel once you’re done.
If you’re not up for it, you can have a roofing contractor do it for you.
Install Drip Molding And Flash Roof Valleys
The installation of drip molding and flash roof valleys can help make sure that water does not seep into your roof’s interiors. You’ll need to align the drip molds with each nail by 12 inches. You can also nail your roof valley flashing with the same process.
Roof adhesives can help make sure that your roof shingles are watertight. This will help mitigate the effects of water damage on your roof. Be sure to install adhesives on warmer weather conditions since there are certain adhesives that won’t settle on cold weather. Once the adhesives have now dried, all you need to do now is enjoy your roof!
The Right Professional
It might be overwhelming when you think of how you’re going to be installing your roof, but as long as you’re following the instructions and the advice of your roofing contractor, you’re on the right spot. Moreover, having a roof that is properly installed can ensure that its durability and longevity is extended.
However, there might be situations where your roof needs to be installed with professional supervision. If your roof system does require delicate and professional work from a roofing contractor, then you should commission the services of a licensed and qualified roofer. There’s no hurt in doing your own research first on the previous works of roofing contractors near your place before making any final decisions.
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