How a roof is installed?

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Installation of your new roof

The roof of your home is essential to its structure being sound and to protect your family and belongings. So, when a storm damages or destroys it, repairing or replacing becomes urgent before anything else happens. Fortunately, roof installation can be quickly by experienced roofing contractors today.  Once you have made your choices of the roofing material and signed the paperwork, they can get you’re a damaged roof to installation to a new roof in one day for the average size home.

Professional roofing contractors can get a new roof on a home in such a quick time because they have all the roof installation materials they need, including equipment, supplies, and tools. They also have the experience, like anyone with a specialty or training, they can almost do a roofing installation with their eyes closed.

How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?

If you aren’t sure you would know when you need a new roof installation, we have six things for you to look for, other than the obvious hole in the roof:

  1. The current roof is old. An asphalt shingled roof has the average lifespan of fifteen years, maybe 20 at the most. A metal roof or tile roof last much longer, even 100 years. So, if you know your roof’s age, and you know that there has been repairs since the last roof installation, then it is time to get a new roof. 
  2. Shingles are curled or missing. It exposes a roof to elements all day, every day. Every time there is a high wind, a rainstorm, ice, snow, and even the sun will take a toll on a roof installation job. Mother Nature is rough on roofing and you’ll notice after a storm and you’ve walked around your house. Besides seeing some shingles curled or missing, you’ll notice some broke or you’ll find debris from the roof – the granules – filling your gutter system.
  3. Flashing is broken or damaged. In a roof installation, they install flashing at the joints of a roof as an additional measure of keeping water out. Most roofs have metal flashing, some are cement or tar. Once it is damaged, loosened, or missing, it is no longer protecting your roof.
  4. Ice dams. They look pretty, like magical icicles hanging from the roof edge. The reality of these, they are a sign your roof has ice dams along and that means your roof doesn’t have any or enough ventilation with the roof installation was done. This situation is when the attic allows heat to escape to the roof and melts the ice.  The water from that ice melts and runs down the roof, then forms ice at the eaves where there isn’t any heat. That water will begin to soak into the roofing materials, the decking, and before you’re ready, you need a new roof installation. 
  5. Water stains on ceilings and walls. If there are mysterious water stains on the ceilings and walls inside your home, or the exterior, maybe you’ve heard some water dripping in places around your home where there isn’t any water? You could have a roof leak. If the insulation in the attic is soggy, you definitely have a leak. Time to call a professional roofing contractor for roof repair or new roof installation.
  6. Uninvited guests in your attic like birds, racoons, squirrels, even bats. If any of these have taken up residence in the attic, you probably have an opening in the roof that you may not be aware of.  A new roof installation job will close up that door.

What are the steps to roofing a house?

 These seven steps are a typicalroof installation procedure. Depending on the house and the roofing material chosen, it could vary based on the roofing contractor’s judgment, as they have their own roof installation checklist they follow, but the basics are:

  1. Get Building Codes and Pull Permits.
  2. Choose the Roofing Material: Decking, Shingles, Etc.
  3. Remove Old Shingles.
  4. Install Metal Drip Molding and Metal Flash Roof Valleys.
  5. Mark Nail Spacing with Chalk.
  6. Install Shingles.
  7. Cover Exposed Nails with Roof Adhesive.
  8. Let Adhesive Dry.
shingle roof on a home

 How long does a 30 year roof really last?

Not to say roofing contractors are all lying, but when they are providing you a roof installation estimate, they are not telling the entire story about the 30 year shingles.  They will not last 30 years. You might push your luck and wait 30 years to a new roof installation, but they will not last in a healthy state of being.

Roofing shingles that are quoted at 30 years, with regular cleaning, gutter cleaning, and homeowner upkeep, you will get 25 years tops.  Without proper care and maintenance, 15 years is the average.

What color roof is best? 

The roof is twenty to forty percent of your home’s curb appeal, so choosing the right color of shingles for your roof installation is important. Just as with the interior, you can choose random colors for different things, but when it’s all put together, you want it to all flow and match or contrast to perfection.

  • A house with red siding, consider these shingle color choices for the next roof installation in a dark brown, dark gray, dark green or black.
  • For white siding, any color will match but the most popular choices are black, blue, brown, gray, green, red.
  • A house in gray siding, dark blue, dark gray, dark green, black, or white shingles will bring the color out, and with siding in a beige tone, dark blue or dark green, a black or brown shingle make perfect matches. 

When it comes to roof installation for your home, keep this in mind: It is your home, your decision. In addition to colors to choose from that are bold and unexpected, choose a roofing material that is different from your current roof.

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Metal Roofing
  • Slate Roofing
  • Tiled Roofing

Or stay conservative and choose something that is close to what you have.  If you’re planning on selling the house in the near future, keep that in mind when choosing and perhaps staying conservative would be the better solution. For your new roof installation in Justin & Fort Worth, TX, dial (940) 441-4544 today.