The roof above our head is one of our basic needs. To live safe and sound you’ll need a solid, watertight roof. The shingles protect the roof but it doesn’t last forever. The best shingles last up to fifteen years, after that, it must be replaced. But the roof replacement is more than just nailing down shingles over the roof. You have to know the advanced material technology to protect your home. You have to know the process from head to toe to do it properly. In this article, you will find the much-needed information about the re-roofing process. Here are the seven steps you would have to take to replace the roof of your home
1. Learn the local building codes:
You have to know about the building code of the house you live in. Many codes indicate the number of layers of shingles you have to nail on the roof. If you live in a coastal area, you have to obtain the paper permit to ensure the safety.
2. Choose the correct shingle for your home:
• Asphalt shingle: These are the most common type of shingle that is available in the market. It can also last for 20-30 years.
• Slate shingles: These are the most durable shingle anyone can buy. If you want a roof that is both durable and unique, try having slate shingle.
• Laminated shingle: These are layered Asphalt shingles that looks like slate shingles. If you want your roof to look unique with easy work, this is the one for you.
• Wood shingle: These are actually hand-split wooden platform. If installed properly, these types of shingles can last 20-30 years.
3. Figure out the number of shingles you need:
The surface area shingles cover is known as square of 100 square feet. To figure out the number of shingles, measure the width and length of every single section of the roof and calculate the area. Add all the areas of sections together and divide the number by 100. This obtained number determines the number of squares at the roof. Then multiply this number to 3 to get the number of bundles of shingles you’re going to buy as shingles are available in the bundle of 3.
4. Prepare the roof:
Always take the proper safety precaution. Prepare the roof by making scaffolds which will further help you secure the area.
5. Removal of the old shingles:
Use a garden fork or roofing shovel to remove the shingle. This part is the dirtiest part of the job. In this part you will come across to many nails, so don’t forget to put all the nails in the trash can.
6. Examine the sheathing:
Examine the sheathing to determine the damage and replace the damaged part.
7. Build a weather barrier over the roof:
Take Asphalt paper over the nails of the roof to build ice and water shield. Put the ice and water shield over the roofing vents and vulnerable areas. Put the layer at the roof bottom and make your way to the top. Add the layer in a horizontal row to prevent leaks.
8. Place the flashing:
Add a thing sheet of metal flashing to the roof valleys, vents, chimneys and other obstructions.
9. Shingling the area:
Start putting shingles at the bottom of the roof. Lay the entire row of shingles before nailing it to the roof to make it lined up. Work your way up the roof. Nail down the shingles using four nails on one piece of the shingle.
10. Use ridge caps:
Ridge shingles or ridge caps are used to cement the shingles of both sides. Use roof adhesive cement to attach the ridge cap with the shingles.
After rebuilding the roof, always try to maintain it. Inspect the roof once a year to check leaks or other problems. If you see any cracked part, caulk it. If the roof is properly maintained, it can last a long time.