DateTue May 16
Author: Rener Vieira
Do you need to replace your roof? It is news no homeowner likes receiving, but the roof replacement process doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming. In fact, replacing your roof can have many short and long-term benefits for your budget, lifestyle, and safety. From determining if you need a replacement and estimating costs to choosing a contractor and planning the job, Landmark Roofing and Siding has compiled a guide with everything you need to know about having your roof replaced.
What Is a Roof Replacement?
A roof replacement involves removing an old existing roof and installing a new one. However, it doesn’t mean that just the top layer is removed – everything from the underlayment to the flashing is taken off. It is a major home renovation project that requires careful planning and execution for safe and durable results. The roof replacement process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a full week, depending on the square footage size of your roof and your chosen material.
Re-Roof Vs. Roof Replacement
When it comes to replacing your roof, there is also another route. This is known as a “re-roof” and involves layering new roofing material on top of the existing roof. This is a faster, cheaper roof replacement option and allows you to achieve the look and feel of a new roof, without the extra time and effort. However, you will need to keep in mind that re-roofs are only suitable for shingle roofs, and if your roof has incurred extensive damage, it may not be a suitable option. We recommend leaving it up to a professional roofing contractor to advise on whether or not you should undergo a re-roof or a full roof replacement.
Why You Might Need to Replace Your Roof
Your roof is the most important structural element of your home. It protects the interior of your home from rain, keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer, and keeps the entirety of your home’s structure standing year after year. While it is one of the most expensive parts of your home to have repaired or replaced, a roof replacement is often a necessary investment that provides homeowners with much-needed peace of mind. Here at Landmark Roofing and Siding, we have years of experience educating homeowners on the signs of needing a roof replacement. This typically includes:
Warning Signs You Need a New Roof
Although a roof’s lifespan varies based on several factors, such as weather and maintenance, every homeowner will eventually need a roof replacement. When that time comes, recognizing the warning signs helps homeowners avoid costly damage and maintain the structural integrity of their homes. Some warning signs that indicate you might need a new roof include:
The Process of Replacing a Roof
If you have gone through the inspection process and determined you may need a roof replacement or a professional roofing contractor has advised you to replace your roof, you may be wondering what the process entails? Replacing a roof may seem daunting, but proper knowledge and preparation makes for a smooth and stress-free process. Here is a step-by-step guide to replacing a roof:
A roofing contractor will inspect your roof, determine the extent of the damage, and assess whether the crew should repair or replace the roof. At Landmark Roofing and Siding, Inc., we come to your home and create a bid on the spot with the inspection, assessment, and proposal, so you can make an informed decision.
If you accept the proposal, your roofing contractor will prepare your home by protecting windows and doors, removing satellite dishes, and trimming back overhanging trees.
Your roofers will remove your existing roofing material, placing all debris in a dumpster and recycling what can be recycled. They also inspect the roof deck for water damage and make repairs if necessary.
After removing the old material, and repairing and cleaning the roof deck, your roofers will now install new flashing and vent boots to prevent water from getting under your new material.
Next, new shingles are installed in rows, starting from the bottom and working your way up the roof. Shingles are attached using nails or staples, depending on the type used. If you have metal, tile, or any other type of roof, the material will be fitted and fastened down.
Job site cleanup and disposal of construction debris and any old roofing material is a critical part of the replacement process.
Your roofing contractors will perform a final inspection to ensure everything meets your expectations and confirms that your new roof meets all local building codes and regulations.
The Cost of Replacing a Roof
One of the biggest reasons why most homeowners are apprehensive about undergoing a roof replacement is the cost. Most people are hesitant to make such a big investment, especially when they don’t know what factors into the cost or what roofing system is the right choice for them.
The cost of installing a new roof varies greatly depending on several factors, such as the size of your roof, the materials used, the complexity of the job, and your location. The average cost for a new roof in the Seattle area falls between $5,000 and $12,000. This includes the cost of materials, the removal and disposal of the old roof, permit fees, and clean-up after completion. However, keep in mind the final price depends on a variety of factors such as the type of roofing system you choose, whether you opt for additional features like gutters or skylights, and the amount of repair work needed before the new installation.
Here is a quick rundown of all the elements that come into play regarding the cost of your roof replacement:
Why Quality Roofing Matters
Replacing your roof is a significant investment, and you want to ensure the job is done right. While trying to save on costs and hiring a cheap roofing contractor may seem tempting, your roof directly impacts the safety and protection of your home. If you do not choose an experienced roofing contractor that is going to get the job done right, you could end up with a plethora of problems down the line. The number one way to guarantee that your roof replacement goes smoothly is to do your research and ensure that you have the right roofing contractor by your side.
At Landmark Roofing and Siding, Inc., we believe in doing things the right way, even when no one is looking. While some contractors send a bill for the bare minimum, we take the time to evaluate each client’s individual needs and create a personalized plan that meets their specific property requirements. We value transparency, so you always know exactly what your roofing project will cost and how much you will need to put as a downpayment.
A roof’s material and installation make a significant difference in its lifespan, so we use the highest quality materials and follow the latest industry standards and practices. Our skilled team of roofers have years of experience, and you can trust our roof replacement knowledge and expertise. Best of all, we offer complimentary roofing consultations to ensure you have all the information you need to make an educated decision regarding if working with us is right for you.