Being able to learn and understand effective roofing in today’s roofing technology is knowing all about the technology behind the newly-developed and advanced roofing materials and the specific kind of applications that must be used in installing these materials. While the cost estimates are a major concerned in a roof replacement project, as this is a costly undertaking, yet a homeowner must make a lot of effort in making research on the latest and available technology of roofing procedures in the market so that he/she can work this out and consult with his/her right choice or roof contractor, who is knowledgeable, as well as owning enough experience on the new roof approaches, thus preventing installation pitfalls that can affect seriously the cost and time of the project.
A professional roof contractor begins work by applying first protective measures to shield the rest of the homeowner’s properties from being damaged while roofing replacement is underway; therefore, the roof contractor makes use of tarpaulins and plywood to cover the rest of the residential parts while the old roof materials are being stripped off. When the residential property has been well-protected with plywood or tarps, the removal of the old roof shingles begins until all of them have been completely taken out, while another team works out in inspecting the wood decking if they are still in good condition.
Any rotted wood decking found during a thorough inspection must be replaced by a new solid one, as the wood decking functions as the foundation roof structure for the roof shingles to stay on it. Roof inspection must be really thorough to not just include the condition of the wood decking, but, at the same time, must be detailed in checking for missing nails, especially during the removal of the old shingles, since there is a likely chance that while new roof materials have been placed but without re-nailing the old wood decking, which will cause in the future the formation of bumps on the roof.
After the thorough inspection of the roof and before the installation of the new roof shingles, the roof specialist must prepare first the bare, roof surface by mounting three kinds of installations, which are the following: piece of metal bended at 90 degrees, called the drip edge, which is placed at all the edges of the roof to prevent water from the rain from going underneath the roof materials which are found near the edges; ice and water shield, which is a special kind of roof underlayment, that are bedded at the roof bottom and at all areas where there is possibility for rain to penetrate, like chimneys, pipes, and roof connections; roof felts placed all over the roof so that the shingles do not stick to the wood.
The last step is the installation of the new roof shingles, working from bottom up, and followed by the completing process of counter flashing and ridging of caps and vents, when needed. As homeowner, one must insist on the contract for a cleanup job and a post roofing inspection be done after the re-roofing process, so that you get the full satisfaction of being assured of a thorough roof job done for your home.