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The Ultimate Guide to Roof Replacement

Complete Roofing Replacement Guide

The roof of your house or commercial building is one place that you don't want to cut corners on. The more time and effort it takes, the higher up those costs go--and they could end up costing even more if something goes wrong!
 

When the possibility of roof replacement is imminent, homeowners might fear the process especially if unprepared. Unplanned-for budgeting, poor timing, and other issues could pop up making the whole thing far more difficult than it needs to be.
 

When it's time to replace your roof, know what to anticipate. This tutorial will take you through the entire process so you can make an informed decision.
 

A new roof may add value and beauty to your home, boost the longevity and efficiency of your roofing system, minimize the chance of leaks and breaks, and protect your property from harsh weather conditions.
 

Ready to get started? Let's go!

The Ultimate Guide to Roof Replacement

What is a complete roof replacement? It entails removing everything on the roof up to the deck and replacing it with felt paper and a new layer of shingles. Roof replacement is possible regardless of the number of layers of shingles on the roof, so it can be done even when the current roof cannot be renewed.
 

Roof replacement costs can be more expensive than re-roofing due to the additional labor required. Before deciding on a partial roof replacement, you should consider whether your roof truly requires an entire roof replacement.

Well, it's not as difficult to understand given that the process of roof repair and or complete replacement has been broken down into two simple steps by your roofing professional. But if you're new or aren't sure what your next steps should be after hearing about them from someone else then let us guide you!
 

  • The first step in any home improvement project - whether big or small-is choosing wisely among various roofing contractors offering different services such as siding installation, repair of roof valleys, leaky roof repair, roof decking repair, hail damage, and other types of roof damage repairs.  
     

So make sure when picking one out they've got all their details worked out first because once these things go wrong there may be no turning back without major roof repair cost (and time lost). And remember: always get at least three contractor estimates before signing any contracts! always be wary of "storm chasers" who are only there for your money.  
 

  • The second step is to get all the necessary permits from your local municipality in order to begin work - this can be a little more complicated than it sounds depending on where you live.
     

But again, your contractor should be able to help you with this as they've likely gone through the process many times before.
 

Now that the legalities are out of the way, it's time to focus on the practicalities.
 

Pro-tip: Trojan Roofing strives to make the process of replacing a roof stress-free and easy on you. Providing you with competitive estimates, we take tremendous pride in working with each client individually so that they can have a better-informed decision when it comes time for new roof shingles or if there is anything else needed around your home's exterior needs.

What kind of roofing is best for your home?









 

This is where working with an experienced and reputable contractor will be immensely helpful, as they can offer expert advice on the pros and cons of various roofing materials and styles.
 

There are a variety of factors to consider when making this decision, including climate conditions, cost factors, the age and condition of your home, and aesthetic preferences. But rest assured that there is an option out there that is perfect for your needs - it's just a matter of finding it with the help of a professional!

 

Below are some other factors that the homeowners would want to discuss with her contractor.
 

Roofing Materials: Make sure that the material you choose is compatible with your lifestyle before making a final decision. Considerations for climatic factors (severe storm, hail storm, wet snow, strong winds, heavy snow loads),  labor cost, and material costs. 
 

It is important to know the materials that will last your home. Natural stones, such as slate tiles and steel can be expected to provide you with a long-lasting roof while fiberglass shingles may only offer up until twenty-five years before needing replacement while asphalt roofing usually only last 5-10 years. 
 

Cost: The cost of a new roof depends on the type of material and the number of layers. A two-layer asphalt shingle roof may cost roughly $18 per square foot, whereas a metal roof may cost around $35 per square foot. Additional insulation or waterproofing treatments required by code in some places might add several hundred dollars to the final cost. Natural masonry tiles, steel roofing panels, and metal roofing are all considered more durable than other materials, but require regular cleaning when exposed to rain.
 

Heads up: Average cost of roof replacement in Indianapolis, Indiana range from $3,100 to $18,200, depending on the size of your roof and the quality of the shingles you choose.
 

Style: Because there are so many styles of roofings to pick from these days, it's crucial that folks looking into roofing replacement costs take their time to figure out which one will go best with the rest of their house's decor.
 

Types: There are many types of roofs for your home. Some common ones include asphalt shingle roof (common type), fiberglass, tiles (popular option) such as clay-based terra cotta slate concrete pavers, and sheet metal which may not offer good durability unless paired with classic roofing material choices like wood shingle, wood shake, and ceramic tile roof panels.
 

Warranty: Always consider what type of warranty is offered with the product against incidents like a roof leak or shingles blown by strong winds. 
 

It's important to note that no matter what type you choose there will always be certain risks associated but this article can help provide insight into all available options so check it out!
 

Finally, once you've chosen the perfect roofing system for your home, it's time to sit back and relax while the work is carried out. This is usually a pretty quick process, but again it will vary depending on the size and complexity of your roofing project.
 

In most situations, the entire process takes only a few days, and you'll have a beautiful new roof that will protect your home for years!

How do I know when it's time to get a new roof?

As a general rule, roofs last about 15-20 years before they need to be replaced. Your home's roof is vulnerable to many kinds of weather-related damage. Cycles of temperature extremes, heat, rain, melted snow, and flying or falling objects take their toll on your roofings and may result in the worst condition over time. Here are some of the most common roof damage scenarios that indicate it's time for an upgrade:
 

  • Cracks in your ceiling or missing shingles on one side -  this could also happen if there are cracks in roof tiles near edges and corners due to settling caused by shifted soil underneath them (think: earthquakes).

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  • Old roof - Even if you think your old roof is good, it's time to have it replaced. If your roof has been around for more than 20 years and you don't want to incur further repair or maintenance charges on top of the current surface layers, consider installing new ones!
     

  • Damaged Flashings - When you have flashings in your roof, it prevents moisture from getting into the joints. If there are breaks or missing pieces of this protective covering on any part above ground level (such as around chimney stacks), then water intrusion can happen which causes extensive damage to walls below!
     

  • Water damage is visible - Are the walls or ceiling wet or appear to be moist with black stains. Is there visible damage on the exterior walls of your home? Is your attic's insulation wet? Regardless of the cause, roof damage may be allowing water to seep in and ruin your home's structure (beyond the areas with flashing).

  • Ice Damming - While rows of icicles are lovely in the winter, they can indicate a serious issue. If your roof isn't properly vented, heat from the attic might melt snow. The melting snow rushes down your roof or gutters into the chilly air, forming an ice dam. This formation of ice dams jams the remaining snow, which melts and then freezes behind the original ice dam, a cycle that continues all winter long.
     

  • The ice pressure can tear and rip apart roofing materials, allowing melting snow to penetrate into the interior layers of your roof, soaking them and prompting roof replacement.


  • Unwanted animals have entered your home - Squirrels, raccoons, bats, and other creatures are always on the hunt for a new home. In the event that you discover them in your house (and are certain that you did not leave a door or window open), the most likely entry point is a hole in your roof.
     

If you're noticing any of these signs, it might be time for a new roof. Give us a call and we'll help you figure out the best solution for your home. We provide free estimates so you can rest assured that you're getting the best possible deal. Don't wait until it's too late - let us help you keep your home in great condition!

What to Expect on the Day of the Roof Replacement

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If you're getting ready for a new roof, you're probably anxious and excited all at the same time. It's a big job, but it's also going to make your home look so much better! Here's what you can expect on the day of the roof replacement.

  • The crew will arrive early in the morning to get started. They'll begin by removing the old shingles and any other roof materials that need to be taken off.

  • This process can create a lot of noise, so if you have pets or small children, it might be a good idea to make arrangements for them to stay elsewhere for the day.

  • Once the old materials are removed, the crew will inspect the decking and make any necessary repairs. Then they'll start installing the new shingles.

  • The process of installing shingles is called "laying off," and it's something that takes a lot of skill and experience. The crew will work carefully and methodically to make sure that the new shingles are laid off correctly.

  • The roofing contractor will likely undertake a final walk-through with you to ensure they did what they promised.

  • The roofer will usually clean your yard for loose nails and other debris.
     

Pro Tip: If you are unhappy with the cleanup process, ask the roofing contractor to do a secondary sweep for nails.
 

Depending on the size of your roof and the crew, the job might be finished in one day or it could take two days.
 

  • You and a representative from the professional roofing company may schedule a time for a general evaluation and payment collection.
     

It is important to know what type of warranty you are obtaining and who is responsible for registering it before signing the contract.
 

Heads up: Trojan Roofing can provide a comprehensive warranty and quality service.
 

Once the job is done, you'll be able to enjoy your brand-new roof! It'll make your home look better and it'll also help protect your home from the elements.
 

In a nutshell: It is our sincere goal that this guide has been informative and given you a clear picture of what to expect from a full-scale roofing replacement project. Be careful to do your homework and seek referrals before hiring a contractor for the project.
 

When you're ready, Trojan Roofing will work with you individually and in-depth to ensure that you're completely satisfied with the end outcome.