When it comes to protecting your investment in your home, the condition of its roof is of the utmost importance. Sure, it’s not as glamorous or fun a project as getting a new kitchen or installing a bathroom hot tub. But in the long run, installing the best roof replacement materials the proper way at the right time is one of the surest ways to protect your home’s value, comfort, energy efficiency, and curb appeal.
That’s why every homeowner should know what’s involved in working with a roofing company to get top results you can count on Iron River Construction. We believe Minneapolis and St. Paul area homeowners deserve to have the home lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of — and that includes a beautiful roof that ensures long-lasting value. We have a proven process and nearly 20 years of experience in providing roof replacements that leave homeowners delighted with the results.
Here’s what you need to know about what’s involved in replacing your roof and how to choose a roofing company that’s right for you.
Get to Know the Parts of Your Roof
When homeowners hear the word “roof,” they usually just think of shingles. But there are several features that work together to form a truly functional, lasting,
Here are some terms to know as you discuss roofing with your contractor:
- Frame — This is the structure inside your attic that gives shape to a roof.
- Trusses — Triangular structures that create your roof’s pitch
- Decking (or sheathing)— Plywood laid atop the trusses, where shingles are attached
- Rooftop — This is the part of the roof you see from the street.
- Underlayment — Waterproofing feature attached to decking to block moisture incursion
- Shingles — Available in materials such as asphalt, staggered over the underlayment to block rain, hail, and damaging UV rays
- Ridge — The roof’s peak, where ventilation shingles are used
- Valleys — Places where roof pitches meet, helping to direct rain into gutters
- Other roof elements
- Fascia boards — The boards that run around the roof edge
- Flashing — Protective material that surrounds joints, skylights, vents, and chimneys to block moisture
- Drip edge — Molding at edge of roof to protect fascia boards from moisture
- Gutters — Drainage system that directs water safely away from home to prevent damage to roof and foundation
- Vents — Structures that allow air to flow in and out of roof, preventing moisture damage
- Soffits — Coverings that protect the underside of eaves from pests and other damage
What Is the Roof Replacement Process Like?
A well-planned roof replacement involves more than a group of workers climbing onto your roof. In fact, your roofing company should walk you through the steps and communicate clearly about the details so you can have peace of mind in the work being done.
Before You Begin
Among the things you can expect before hiring someone:
1. An evaluation
A reputable roofing contractor will do an inspection to see whether a roof repair or replacement is right for you. If there has been damage from storms or leaks, the contractor should help make the insurance claim process smooth.
2. A plan
Choose a local roofer with a solid reputation that can give you a thorough estimate, explanation of materials, timeline, and other details about the process. This includes a schedule of payments, including a down payment. Don’t pay everything up front.
Feel free to ask lots of questions before signing any contracts. Be sure the roofing contractor is licensed and insured. Find out how many crew members will be on your roof. Ask how experienced they are and what protective equipment they plan to use.
During the Roof Replacement Process
Once the roof replacement project begins, here’s what typically happens while the crew is atop your roof:
- Protective tarps are laid — Around the house, over landscaping, etc.
- Old roofing is removed— All existing shingles, flashing, and other damaged elements stripped away and discarded
- Repairs are made — Damaged plywood removed and replaced
- Ice dam protection is installed — Helpful in preventing moisture damage during cold winters common in areas like Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Roofing paper is laid — A layer of protection laid between decking and shingles to further resist moisture damage
- Drip edging is added — Nailed in place where needed
- Valley flashing is addressed — Nailed in place and sealed with caulk
- Shingles are installed — Starting at the roof edges and working up to the roof’s peak
- Flashing is added — Freshly applied to the areas where leaks would otherwise be prevalent (chimney, vents, skylights)
- Vents are installed — Depending on your roof, different types of vents may be used to aid in proper air circulation
- Debris is cleared away — Loose nails, shingles, and other discarded materials removed from the house and lawn, and properly disposed of in a dumpster
- Inspection is done — It’s ideal to have a building inspector check the roof and give it a final approval
To get an even clearer idea of what the process is like, check out our time lapse video of a roof replacement so you can see how our crews work to give you trusted results.
Have a Beautiful, Functional Home from Top to Bottom
Whether you’re in need of roof repair, roof replacement, or other renovations that will transform your home and give you the home lifestyle you’re looking for — our team of helpful, thorough pros is here to help. Schedule a virtual appointment today for a no-pressure, free consultation.