A residential roof replacement can completely change the appearance of your home and make it the envy of your neighborhood. As Northern Georgia, and North Carolina’s leading roof replacement specialists, we believe that if you have a team of experienced roofing professionals at your disposal, your new roof replacement will be a smooth and hassle-free experience for you. There are a few critical things you should keep in mind to make the most of your roofing investment.
Contacting our trusted roof installation experts can help you avoid unexpected surprises before, during, and after your roof installation, while significantly increasing the value of your home.
Residential Roof Replacement: Industry-Leading Installation Techniques
A typical roof replacement project starts with the delivery of roofing material to your home. One of our project managers will closely examine the material to make sure that the correct material is delivered to your home. Correct materials and flawless Installation techniques are some of the things that matter most in a roof replacement project.
Proper roof installation entails the following steps:
1. Removal of Old Roofing System
The first important task in any roofing Installation is to tear off the existing roofing materials. The time taken for this process can depend on several factors such as the pitch of your roof, how many squares your home is, the number of shingle layers as well as how many layers of felt, and the felt your roofers must deal with. There’s something that we never recommend our clients – roof over.
Complete removal of the old roofing system allows us to inspect your roof deck thoroughly for any signs of rot or other types of damage. If we discover any rotten wood, we will replace it either with OSB (oriented strand board) or CDX (plywood) depending on the material of your roof decking or what
2. Drip edge and installation of felt
Drip edge or eave flashing is installed for the protection of your home’s eave and also to remove water from the fascia board, preventing fascia board rot.
When it comes to installing new felt, you can choose between traditional asphalt felt or new synthetic felt. Synthetic felt is more water-resistant, stronger, and tear-resistant than the asphalt felt.
At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we recommend the Owens Corning Rhino brand synthetic roofing felt. Trusted shingle manufacturer Owens Corning has specific requirements for the placement of the felt and as a Platinum Preferred roofing contractor with OC, RRG is constantly trained by the professionals at Owens Corning.
3. Starter shingles
A starter shingle is an important part of any properly installed roofing system. A roofing starter shingle can help make your roof more resistant to water intrusion and wind damage at the vulnerable eaves of your home. Using a three-tab shingle as a starter doesn’t provide the same level of protection as special starter shingles from trusted Owens Corning. Using a 3-Tab shingle as a start is just one-way subpar roofers will give you a lower bid.
4. Ice and Water Barriers
Once drip edge and felt are installed successfully, the next step is to install effective ice and water barrier. The best places to install such barriers are the roof valleys, around chimneys, and penetrations such as wind turbines and plumbing pipe boots. These water and ice shields should be applied to the deck. This is yet another step cheap roofers will skip to show you a cheap bid. At RRG we use the industry best WeatherLock ice & water shield by Owens Corning.
5. Roofing Shingles
Now, it is time for the most important part of your roofing system – your asphalt shingles. The recommended way is to install your lifetime roofing shingles in a course. Each shingle usually requires six nails for maximum strength and skilled roofers make sure to place the nails in the nail line. This ensures that the shingles stay adhered to the roof decking even in extreme weather conditions.
At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we use shingles from some of the most trusted brand in the country, Owens Corning for maximum strength, reliability, and longevity. At RRG we recommend the OC Tru Def Duration or Oakridge roofing shingles. The Duration shingles have a patented SureNail strip making it the strongest shingle in the industry. Two large men can’t pull the SureNail strip and break it.
Ventilation is often an overlooked part of a roofing system. Most people do not even realize that your attic ventilation is part of your roofing system. The fact is that in absence of proper attic ventilation, your roofing shingles can get damaged from the inside out, literally cooked from within. Roofing Resources of Georgia uses top-of-the-line products like VentSure from Owens Corning that allow optimum airflow in your roof and keep your home naturally cool and comfortable. The Owens Corning VentSure will allow hot air out and at the same time keep rainwater and bugs out of your attic.
Residential Roof Replacement: How to Prepare for Your Roofing Project?
Taking a few vital steps before your new roof installation can help you minimize the disturbance.
1. Keep your Pets Safe
Pets such as cats and dogs can get injured due to the falling debris and may even interfere with the work of roofers. Protect your pets by keeping them away from the worksite.
2. Protect Your Home
Remove or protect your belongings in your lawn or garden, like planters and statues to keep them safe during the installation. Remove every item from your interior shelves and outer walls as they can fall and break due to the strong vibrations of the roofing equipment.
3. Special Requests
If you want to make any special requests to your contractor, let them know about the same in advance. For instance, things like the location of the septic tank, caring for your swimming pool pumps, etc. should be discussed before your project begins.
4. Possibility of Unexpected Things
In some cases, water lines, electric lines, or A/C lines may get damaged by the nails penetrating the roof decking. However, if these lines are installed according to the building codes, this can be avoided. In any case, make sure to inform your contractors about these prior to your roofing installation
Residential Roof Replacement FAQ’s
1. When will be the Shingles delivered?
Shingles are typically delivered the day of your project or a few days before the start of your roof installation. Talk to your project manager for more details and let them know about your situation.
2. Who Will Be Responsible For Protecting Plants And Flowers?
Plants and Flowers can be affected by falling debris during the installation of a new roof. While some roofers use protective measures to keep your plants safe during your roof installation, others ask homeowners to cover their plants themselves. Get in touch with your contractor to know who will protect your shrubs, flowers, or plants. At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we make sure that we do not damage your plants, or any part of your property for that matter, during the roofing installation process.
3. What Is The Clean-Up Process After A Roof Installation?
Once your roof has been installed, our roofers will remove the leftover shingles, and other roofing debris including loose nails from your property.
Additionally, it is always recommended to mow your lawn before starting your roofing project. This simple step will make it easier for our cleaning equipment and magnets to pick up loose nails from your yard.
4. What is the Warranty on My New Roof?
It is crucial to read and understand the terms of your roofing warranty before making any kind of investment. Make sure to ask whether your contractor will register the warranty, or you need to do it yourself. As a local Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor, RRG uses materials from trusted Owens Corning that are backed with the longest warranties in the industry, up to a 50-Year warranty on full roofing systems.
Looking for Residential Roof replacement in Northern Georgia or North Carolina?
By using top-quality roofing material from the leading manufacturers in the country along with our unsurpassed roofing expertise, Roofing Resources of Georgia can provide you with a long-lasting, high-performance, and energy-efficient roof for complete peace of mind. For more information, give us a call at (678) 336- 1889 and schedule a FREE inspection today.