If you have ever needed a new roof, you probably have heard the term “roof replacement”. Unfortunately, this term may mean different things to different roofing contractors (and customers).
What Is Roof Replacement?
To set the tone for the rest of this article, “roof replacement” typically means removing shingles and paper to the wood, and then replacing it all.
If you have had a roofing contractor come out and tell you they are going to lay down new shingles on top of the old ones, that’s akin to a roof replacement, but that’s actually just adding to the roof and not necessarily a good idea. It’s another reason why ensuring you get 3 bids for your roof is vital. One roofing company may provide you an estimate that includes shingling over your existing roof – while another roofing contractor’s bid may include removing shingles and underlayment before laying new shingles down (which IS the correct way).
If it is almost as if your roof was ripped off in a storm and you’re putting a totally new one on, that’s certainly a roof replacement. At a minimum, they’re ripping everything down to the deck. And know that if you’ve already had two layers of shingles put up, you can’t do another layer anyways – the new roof has to go on via a full roof replacement.
The Typical Process for Replacing a Roof
The first step in replacing the roof should be a thorough inspection of the existing structure. Are there water leaks into the attic or the rest of the house? How is the fascia holding up? What is the condition of the flashing around the chimney, and what is the state of the chimney itself? You need to know if there is a need for structural repairs before you start ripping up the roof.
Suppose the inspection has been done and the scope of work properly defined. Then the first step is to pull up the existing layer of shingles or roof tiles and underlayment. This will expose the roof decking. While an inspection of the roof from both inside the home and above it should give you an idea of its condition, you might find other things that need to be repaired. If it is rotted or deteriorated, it needs to be replaced. If so, the underlayment or waterproof barrier on the roof deck has to be replaced, too.
Next comes the new flashing. You want flashing installed anywhere that there is heavy runoff and where two surfaces meet. This includes the edges of the chimney and bends in the roof. Drip edging and ice dam protection should be point in at this point. Your new roof may or may not come with new gutters and drainage.
Good roofing contractors will clean up the worksite before they leave. They’ll dispose of the old shingles, scrap wood and the old roof membrane. They may or may not leave you extra shingles or roof tiles to make repairs.
The Factors That Go Into a Roof Replacement Estimate
The two biggest factors going into a roof replacement are labor and materials. The material costs include the roof cover, the underlayment (the membrane under the roof you see), flashing, gutters, and new fans and ventilation if required. Labor costs will include the labor required to remove the old roof, install a new one, and haul away debris while cleaning up the worksite.
Check what type of warranty is being offered for your roof replacement project as well – that’s important and each roofer may offer something different.
Don’t choose a roofer simply because they offer the lowest price. They have to pay for labor and materials. If they’re low-balling an estimate, they may be citing the cost of materials but giving a low estimate for labor while giving you a disclaimer that the labor costs may go higher. Or they’ll come up with other ways to pay their bills like overcharging you for materials. You may also be willing to pay a little more in labor costs if they finish the job faster. This is why you want at least three estimates before you select a roofer.
Reliable Roof Replacement Company in Cincinnati
If you think the roof on your Cincinnati area home may need to be replaced, contact Harper Siding and Roofing for a FREE estimate. It’s possible your roof is fine as it is (and if it is, we’ll tell you!). If you do need a new roof, we’ll provide a thorough detailed estimate with all costs broken down so you can see what you are paying for.