Replacing your roof may not be a glamorous update, but it is one of the most important home improvements you will make to your home. You’ll be able to make advised decisions when hiring a local roofing crew in the Columbia or Lexington areas if you understand the basic steps in the roofing process. A moderately-sized, professionally installed roofing replacement in the Columbia or Lexington areas may only take a few days. Your local roofing professional will more than likely use the following steps when replacing your roof.
1. First, the roofing crew will remove all existing shingles and dispose of them in a roll-off dumpster. Damaged or old valley flashing and drip edging is also removed at this time. Ideally your local roofing crew will use some type of protection to ensure that your foundation plantings and shrubs are not damaged during this tear-off phrase of the roofing job. Your local roofing contractor will also take the time to make sure all nails and other roofing debris are removed from your yard during the roofing replacement.
2. After removing the shingles, your local roofing crew will make minor repairs on the roof if it is in good condition. If your roofing foundation is not in good condition, your roofing contractor will let you know what needs to be done and the costs of the foundational repairs.
3. If you live in a region that is subject to a lot of ice or snow, your local roofer may suggest that ice dam protection be installed. Ice guard membrane is a synthetic waterproof barrier material designed to prevent melting ice from backing up under the shingles and penetrating through the sheathing, where the moisture can cause severe damage. The Lexington and Columbia areas may or may not dictate the use of this material.
4. The next step your local roofer will take is to lay down asphalt roofing paper over the roof sheathing. This step creates a barrier that protects against water penetration into the house. Rows of roofing paper are overlapped as they move toward the peak of the roof.
5. Next, a metal drip edging is applied around the edge of the roof. The metal drip edge is nailed in place over the roofing paper or ice guard.
6. Sometimes it is necessary to apply new valley flashing along areas where two roof planes meet. This flashing is typically nailed to the roofing deck and sealed with roofing caulk.
7. Apply the tab shingles, starting at the eaves and working upward toward the peak of the roof. Roof vents are installed during this phase of the roofing process.
8. Apply flashing around all areas where leaks might come into the house. This includes against the chimney, around skylights and stack vents, etc. Flashing installation may happen as part of the roofing installation.
9. If applicable, your local roofer will install a ridge vent. This continuous vent along the peak of the roof will help air circulation in the attic space and can be important in ridding your attic of hot air and preventing winter ice dams. Ridge vents may not be included on older roofs; but installing them is a good idea whenever a house is re-roofed. If ridge vents are not practical, there should be other types of roof or gable vents installed to provide air circulation in the attic space.
10. The final step is to inspect the roof for any problems and to ensure the surrounding area is clean of any and all debris.
Your first and best line of defense for a healthy home is a healthy roof. Your local, professional roofer in the Columbia and Lexington areas is your best avenue to a healthy, functional roof. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154