9 Essential Steps in Residential Roof Installation and Repairs
Making sure that your loved ones, your home, and your values are correctly protected from the weather while adding to the property’s value ought to be the ultimate mission of a roofing company. Building and maintaining a residential roof can be both, challenging and rewarding.
It’s challenging because it requires a great deal of on-the-job training, acquiring knowledge, expertise, and how to work with different kinds of roofing equipment, materials, and technique. Most of the work is time-consuming and includes constant physical effort, it is mostly done outside, exposed to the elements, and at considerable heights. Roofing is actually a very dangerous job, so planning, preparation, safety precautions, and teamwork are a must.
It is also rewarding because despite the fact that formal education is not a requirement, is a profession that offers competitive salaries and full benefits in some cases. People who work in commercial and residential roofing usually enjoy working outdoors and building structures. Most of their time is spent on planning the job, installing, repairing, or replacing roofs. Learning about the roofing trade and safety precautions at work is also part of everyday activities.
If you are interested in a do-it-yourself project for your home, selecting and hiring a licensed, experienced, and certified residential roofing contractor, overseeing a roofing project, or if you are new to the job or starting your own business, you might want to have a general view of what the actual job of repairing or installing a residential roof is all about.
Normally, if you look up and search enough, you’ll find that a residential roof is usually expected to have a lifespan of around 25 to 30 years of usage. However, there are many factors to consider that may alter this expectation. Depending on the age, design, building, and quality of the materials used on the roof structure, harsh weather conditions such as excessive sunlight, water, and debris from storms, hurricanes, or severe winds, may cause enough damage that could go beyond normal wear and tear and needs to be attended to before it becomes a major issue and affect the safety or your home. So, like with any other structure, many roofs will eventually need some kind of repair, partial or full replacement. This is one of the main reasons why conducting a timely and professional roof inspection at least twice a year is an important part of your home improvement plan.
Even though each roof structure is different and it needs to have a unique approach to design, planning, and building, there are certain aspects of roofing that are constant. For example, the first thing that a roofing contractor does after assessing the damage is to consider all necessary measures that need to be taken to protect the property before construction begins, during the repair or replacement process, and after it has finished. A major installation, repair, or replacement of a roof normally takes a few days to complete. So the worksite must be safe at all times and cleaned daily during construction since occupants usually continue living in the house during repairs and installation.
After the initial precautions and safety measures have been put in place, damaged shingles and any other part of the residential roof that has been affected, have to be properly removed. Once each part of the process is finished, it is supervised to make sure that it has been correctly repaired or installed, before going into the next part of the process.
After that, new drip edges, roofing underlayment, and felt are installed. Then, roofers make sure sure that all ridge caps, vents, and any other necessary components of the roof are in place to help protect it from severe weather conditions. Once supervised and approved, the roof structure is ready for the installation of new roofing materials and necessary detailed work.
Finally, before the final inspection and approval by the client, the roofing contractor will focus on leaving the worksite clean and in order, and of course with a high-quality roof over the property and a family.
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