So you’ve decided to replace your roof. Congratulations! This is an important step to preserve your home’s integrity and improve its value. It’s also only one step in the process. Many homeowners don’t know what to expect from their roof installation process, so we’ve compiled this guide to provide answers to common questions, as well as give our readers a general sense of what the process looks like.
1. You Choose a Roofing Material
The first step is to schedule a free estimate with one of our roofing professionals here at Mr. Roof. This is where you’ll decide which material you’ll use as well as which color. Each roofing material has its own pros and cons, and you might not have to replace your roof with the same material. For example, if your last roof was asphalt, you’re not necessarily required to replace it with asphalt. Your roofing material will depend on your budget, your roof’s slope, and your needs. This is why the free estimate is so handy. We’ll help you find the perfect roofing material for your price point and home style.
2. Getting a Roofing Permit
Once you have an estimate, we’ll give you approximate start and end dates, and you’ll have to approve the work. Once all the paperwork is signed, we can begin. The first step is getting a roofing permit from the appropriate authorities. This helps ensure that we’re keeping up to code and following all applicable municipal regulations. Once we get the permit, we can begin installing your new roof.
3. Preparing for the Work
Replacing a roof can be noisy and messy. In the couple of days leading up to the project, we recommend making a few preparations:
- Moving or securing all outdoor furniture. We will tell you if your landscaping or outdoor areas will affect the scope of our work. We recommend moving all patio furniture, potted plants, outdoor décor, etc. to protect them from falling shingles and debris. We will gladly assist you!
- Securing indoor items. Vibration from the construction may damage loose or fragile items, especially those on the top floor. We recommend taking down any mirrors, pictures, plates, or fragile knickknacks prior to the start date.
- Move your vehicles from the garage. We may ask you to move any cars or leisure vehicles from the garage to prevent damage.
4. When the Work Begins
When we begin the work, we’ll typically notify your neighbors to let them know what’s going on. We’ll also have distribution centers delivering large amounts of materials to your property, so be ready for the possibility of large trucks entering your property.
On the day the work begins, the first thing you’ll probably notice is a lot of noise. With workers walking on and working on your roof, you’re bound to hear a lot of vibrations and pounding coming from the top floors. If you have small children, you may want to take them somewhere else to nap while we’re completing the work, but we will be done in just one day! Get back to your normal routine quickly with Mr. Roof.
5. What Do I Do With All This Mess?
Roofing is an inherently messy business, but don’t worry when you look outside and see your yard. We do daily debris clean-ups to keep your yard looking as tidy as possible. We properly dispose of everything at the end of the job, but please keep an eye out for small pieces we have missed, such as those that are hidden in shrubbery.
6. Potential Delays or Extra Work
As with many home improvement projects, our estimates are based on what we see from the outside, and once we begin work, we may discover wood rot or areas of your roof that require extra reinforcement. We will keep you informed throughout the process and give you everything you need to make an informed decision. We promptly communicate any changes to the project’s scope or materials based on our discovery of moldy wood.
We also require an adequate window of fair weather to complete our work safely. If we’re expecting or run into inclement weather, we may halt our production. Please know this is for the safety of our workers, and we’ll be back to complete your project as soon as weather permits.
7. Cleaning Up and Finishing Touches
Once we’ve completed the job, we’ll pack up all the debris and properly dispose of/recycle your old roofing materials, leaving your yard just as when we started. Before we can finish our work, however, we must have a roofing inspector come out and ensure that we completed everything according to local code. Once this process is complete, you’re free to enjoy your new roof!
8. Why Mr. Roof
At Mr. Roof we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality materials directly from the factory and installers who are factory trained. We get most of our projects done in just one day, and that includes full roof replacements. We have a variety of roofing options for you to choose from and we pride ourselves on providing the best customer service in the industry. With Mr. Roof you can be confident you are getting it done right, and we offer a lifetime warranty to back that up!