Residential Roofing: Tackling Shingle Roof Installation The Right Way

Whether your shingle roof has been damaged by weather or simply aged to the point where it’s just deteriorated beyond repair, it will eventually need to be replaced.

Installing a new roof is a serious undertaking, and one that very few homeowners will (or should!) tackle themselves. Because of the critical role your roof plays in protecting your home, this is a job that’s best left to your local roofing contractor experienced with the ins and outs of the roofing replacement process.

If you’ve never gone through re-roofing, it may seem a bit overwhelming and you may not know where to start.  But, no worries. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned homeowners, we’ll show you what the steps to tackling shingle roof installation the right way!

Residential Roofing: Shingle Roof Installation The Right Way

Tackling Shingle Roofing Installation The Right Way

Installing a new shingle roof is a huge commitment, so understanding the entire re-roofing process from start to finish can be highly beneficial to you as a homeowner. From questions about the cost involved to knowing the installation pitfalls to watch out for, there’s a lot of information that you need to familiarize yourself with if you want a successful replacement with no costly surprises along the way.

1. Selecting a contractor and getting an estimate

The most important part is researching and selecting the right roofing contractor for your replacement. When choosing a roofer, be sure to select an experienced, licensed, and insured company that’s local to your area. Pick few contractors and collect multiple estimates you can compare.

Remember, while total project cost is an important consideration, it’s certainly not the only thing you need to keep in mind. In fact, many homeowners make the mistake of going with a particular contractor simply because they’re the cheapest, only to learn later that shoddy workmanship and inferior materials led to unsatisfactory results.

All quality roofing estimates should include:

  • Estimated project duration
  • Detailed description of work, including roofing materials, flashing locations & underlayment type
  • Type of sealant used to weatherproof flashing and nail holes
  • Cleanup expectations
  • Total project cost:
    • Building material costs (roofing material, fasteners, flashing)
    • Labor costs, broken down by man hours or listed as a project bid
    • Additional expenses, such as sheathing repairs, tear-out of old shingles, etc.

2. Inspecting and replacing underlying materials

Roofing replacement will start differently, depending whether you’re tearing off the old shingles or adding a top layer of new shingles to the existing roof. Most likely, however, your contractor will remove old shingles and underlying roofing materials completely in order to inspect wood decking. Any soft or rotted wood decking will be removed and replaced as well – this will provide a solid base for your new shingles.

Residential Roofing: Tackling Shingle Roof Installation The Right Way

Next, drip edge will then be installed at all edges of the roof. Drip edge prevents rain and snow from getting underneath your shingles around the roof’s perimeter.

Finally, your roofer will install “ice and water shield” which is a special type of roofing underlayment. This is installed at the bottom few feet of the roof and around all roof penetrations, such as chimneys and pipes. Prior to installing the shingles, the remainder of the roof is covered with roofing felt (sometimes called “tar paper”), which prevents shingles from sticking to the wood & offers additional protection.

At this point, the roof is ready for new layer of shingles to be installed.

3. Installing new shingles and final inspection

Working from the bottom of the roof toward the top, the roofing crew will install your choice of asphalt shingles.

The two most important things to look for in a quality asphalt shingle are its performance characteristics and its warranty. To get the most for your money, make sure that you consider life span, durability, weather resistance and quality when you select your new roof shingles, not just the price tag. Choose roofing shingles with a lengthy, comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty since high-quality shingles come with warranties of up to 25 years or more. Also, look for roof shingles that complement your siding or brick.

Residential Roofing: Tackling Shingle Roof Installation The Right Way

After shingles are laid out, step and/or counter flashing, ridge vents, and ridge capping installation follows. A thorough clean up of the job site is next, while any old roofing materials are hauled away. On that note: many homeowners choose to recycle old asphalt shingles rather than send them to a landfill, so if your contractor offers that option, be sure to consider it.

Every roofing replacement process should end with a thorough post-installation roof inspection!

Have Your Roofing Installed Right, The First Time!

One additional aspect of roofing installation is warranty information – material, system, and workmanship warranties come in many flavors. This is critical and often overlooked factor – ensure that you’re adequately protected for years to come by selecting wisely.

Educate yourself on proper installation to make the best investment possible.

All Roofing Solutions is proud to be a team of experienced roofers who are committed to helping you with your next roofing project. We’ll consult with you regarding the right roofing material for your home, install your roof with the care and expertise you expect, and back it up with a comprehensive guarantee.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania with any questions or to request your FREE roofing estimate!

Common Roofing Repairs: Dealing With High Wind Damage

High winds can be a huge concern for homeowners, especially those living in areas prone to hurricanes and severe storms, like the East Coast. Rainstorms, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof, penetrate roof’s surface, and even lead to structural damage. Not to mention the beating your roof might endure with falling tree branches.

Roofing repairs related to high wind damage are among the most common types of repairs you will encounter as a homeowner. To mitigate this kind of damage, schedule a roof inspection and appropriate repairs for your home immediately after a major windstorm.

Common Roofing Repairs: Dealing With High Wind Damage

Common Roofing Repairs: High Wind Damage

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), approaching wind speeds can more than double as the air currents pass over your roof. The increase in wind speed can easily dislodge shingles and shakes from the roof, starting around the roof’s perimeter and quickly progressing further toward the center of the roof. The higher the winds, the more damage your home is likely to sustain.

Dealing With High Wind Damage: Post-Storm Inspection

Immediately after the storm passes — and only when the winds have subsided enough — assess the condition of your roofing, siding, and gutters. A thorough inspection is highly recommended, preferably by a roofing contractor trained to spot all signs of damage, including those less obvious.

High wind damage inspection checklist:

  • Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage.
  • Check for broken, cracked, curled, or missing shingles, and any signs of a loss of granulation
  • Look for split or curled shakes or shingles
  • Check for blisters, cracks, and tears around the edges of the roof
  • Inspect damaged chimney bricks and buckled or torn flashing, cracked or worn caps and joints
  • Assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls.
  • Check for bent, loose, or missing gutter sections
  • Look for any signs of siding damage

Keep in mind that over time, missing, broken, or bruised roof materials can lead to a variety of problems in your home, including:

  • Water damage
  • Mold and mildew
  • Loss of insulation, leading to higher energy bills

Regular roof inspections in the fall and spring can help you identify potential roof repairs related to high winds.

Dealing With High Wind Damage: Contacting Your Insurance

If your home suffered any damage, contact your insurance agent to determine whether you should file a claim. Coverage will often depend on the age of your roof, the area you live in, and many other factors, so it’s important to know the specifics of your policy.

At this point, all your damage should be determined and well documented, and you should be proceeding with emergency repairs to stop further damage.

Dealing With High Wind Damage: Handling Repairs

Once you identify the damage and contact your insurance company, handle repairs as promptly as possible to minimize the damage to your home. Putting off an affordable repair leaves your home vulnerable to more damage, leading to more costly and extensive work later on.

We’ve written extensively about roofing repairs. Here are step-by-step guides on various roofing repairs:

Keep in mind that not all roofing repairs are easy. If your roof has suffered serious damage, or if you’re experiencing leaks or other problems you’re not able to fix yourself, you should consider hiring a professional contractor.

Have a Leak? Hire a Repair Contractor

A family owned & operated DE/PA roofing contractor, All Roofing Solutions has been serving Delaware and Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years! We’re ready to assist your with your emergency roofing repair, large and small.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Contact us today and receive a discount of 15% off any roofing repair job.

Emergency Roof Repairs: 6 Steps To Stopping Further Damage

Any roof, old or new, is susceptible to damage in the face of extreme weather conditions. When your home is bombarded by heavy rains, storm, strong winds or relentless hail, prompt emergency repairs are necessary in order to stop further damage. Immediate intervention is critical since a damaged roof can directly affect the stability of the entire structure of the house.

But what if a contractor is not available right away? What if local roofers are busy handling crisis all over town and you have to patch things up yourself while waiting for professional help?

Today, we’re discussing steps you can take now to stop further surface and structural damage to your roofing system in the aftermath of a storm.

Emergency Roof Repairs: 6 Steps To Stopping Further Damage

Emergency Roof Repairs: 6 Steps To Stopping Further Damage

  • Wait until the weather improves or you may be doing more damage than repair! You can be swept away by the winds or stuck by lightning. You will also need favorable weather conditions (and light) to asses the condition of your roof.
  • Once the extreme weather conditions have passed, the roof needs to be inspected. Some basic repairs and preventative measures can be handled by a homeowner. Most likely, however, a professional roofer will need to be called in to handle more serious weather damage repairs. An initial inspection will allow you to figure out the most effective way of stopping further damage before a roofer has a chance to handle repairs.
  • The most important step you can take to prevent any further damage to your roof and house is to control the spread of the water seeping in. Any water getting inside the house will damage the internal structure and can become a source of serious structural damage.
  • Likewise, any puddles of water or stagnant water forming on the roof should be promptly removed. If left unattended, this can be a major cause of roof leaks down the road.
  • Next, you need to locate the exact source of the leak. This may be tricky but both external and internal inspection should provide enough clues to help you figure that out.
  • Plug the leak if you can. Use patches, rubber sheets, sealants, tarps or duct tape. Your solution may not be pretty or long-term but will buy enough time for the roofer to get in there and repair the damage in a more permanent and effective way.

As you work on repairing your roof, remember to stay safe and take special care to not inflict further damage to your roof.

Call Professionals For Permanent Solution

All Roofing Solutions, LLC BBB Business ReviewFor professional help with your emergency roofing repairs contact All Roofing Solutions, your local, family owned and operated Delaware roofing repair contractor. We’ll be happy to assist your with your emergency roofing repair, large and small.

Serving residential and commercial customers in Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania, All Roofing Solutions has extensive experience with all types of roofing systems and materials. With multitude of satisfied customers and a proven track record for excellence, we offer generous warranties, top-quality materials and experienced installation professionals who get the job done right the first time.

If you need a quality Delaware roofing contractor, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania and request your FREE estimate today!



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