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The Process of a Roof Installation

The Process of a Roof Installation

Roof installation is no easy task. Many things need to be considered, such as the type of roofing material you want, the weather in your area, how long you want your roof to last and other factors like this. You may think installing a roof seems easy enough, but roofing should never be a DIY project unless you have experience. When it comes to roof installation, it's always best to hire a professional. A roofing contractor can advise you on the best type of roof for your home and ensure the installation is done correctly. In this blog post, we'll go over the process of installing a roof and why you should hire a roofing professional for the installation.

Preparing the roof deck is a crucial first step when installing a new roof. First, we will get up on the roof and look for any damage. There might be mould, rotting wood, and other issues that will need to be dealt with before we install the new roof. If we find any damaged wood, we will remove it from your roof deck and replace it. We will also check for any loose or missing nails and replace them. We then check to ensure any wood we used to fasten your roof down is properly attached to the underlying structure of your house. 

The drip edge is a metal strip that protects the roof's edge. The drip edge is to be installed over the roof deck. We will start by applying the drip edge along the eavestroughs. Once that is finished, we install the drip edge along the rakes, sloped edges and gables of your roof. We use nails to attach the drip edge strips to every rafter or truss, usually at six-inch intervals.

The ice and water shield is the waterproof membrane that protects your roof from ice and water damage. It also protects your roof decking, so water doesn't get underneath your roofing material. First, we install the ice and water shield along the eaves and edges of your roof to protect against leaks. We then ensure it covers the entire roof deck and extends into the valleys. Lastly, we will install the ice and water shield around chimneys, vents, and any other penetrations.

The felt underlayment adds another layer of protection from the elements. Other names for roofing felt include tar paper, builder's paper, roll roofing and roofing paper. We will install this on top of the ice and water shield we previously laid out. We will begin at the bottom edge of your roof, laying the first piece horizontally so that it will hang over the edge by about two inches, and then nail it down along the edges. We install each following row so that it overlaps the previous row by about three inches so water can run off your roof efficiently.

Roof flashings are thin metal strips we install to direct water away from leak-prone areas of the roof. Flashings are an essential roofing material that every roof needs. We install the flashings anywhere your shingles line up against something like walls, the chimney, or open roof valleys. We take extra care to ensure the flashings are installed correctly so these areas will stay leak-free for the lifespan of the flashings.

The first step in installing the shingles is to nail down a row of starter shingles along the eaves and rakes. We will start at one end of the eaves and remove two nails from the first three-tab shingle in each bundle. We then bend back the tabs on that shingle until they snap off or cut through them with a utility knife. This gives us an uncut edge that we can nail into an overhang or rake board. We repeat this process along each eave or rake until we reach at least 2 feet beyond where the roof changes slope.

Now that the starter shingles are in place, it's time to install the rest. We install the shingles, one on top of the other, in a staggered pattern. We start by installing an entire shingle to the left and right of the starter course, using six nails for each shingle. We cut a shingle to fit the space at the end, leaving about a quarter-inch between it and the last whole shingle at either end to give rainwater somewhere to drain off. We install the rest of the shingles by overlapping their tabs as we go up the roof. There are many types of shingles, so the method varies by type, but the approach is generally the same. After each shingle has been secured with roof cement and nails, the installation process is complete, and you can enjoy your new roof!

Knowing what you can and cannot do regarding roofing is essential. You may not need to be a professionally trained roofer to do simple repairs or perform maintenance on your roof, but reroofing is a complicated job. Installing a new roof yourself can lead to severe problems with your roof and home. This is why we recommend calling a roofing contractor for help. So if you need a new roof, call LPW Roofing & Construction! One of our roofing experts can come out and inspect your roof and advise whether it needs minor repairs or to be completely replaced. We have many years of experience when it comes to repairing and installing roofs in Medicine Hat. Our team works hard to ensure the job is always done right and on time! Contact us today!