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You have decided it is time for a new roof. Great! Now what? Re-roofing your home is a large investment and a daunting task to take on. The process is more detailed than just tearing off the old roof and slapping on new material. Working with a professional will help ease the stress of the roofing process and ensure you will have a quality roof installed to protect you and your family for the next 20 years. Below are some things to familiarize yourself with before beginning the roofing process.


Pre-Roofing Decisions

Before any work can start, you need to design how your new roof will look. Understanding the differences in materials is key to choosing the right look and feel for your home while staying on budget.

3-Tab Supreme shingles are a basic material that is cost-effective for roofing repair. On the lower end of materials, these shingles do not skimp on quality. Supreme shingles are wind resistant and ENERGY STAR® rated to protect your home. They come in a variety of colors to choose from to fit your home’s aesthetic.

Oakridge Shingles are a mid-priced option for materials. Oakridge has the same wonderful protection features as the 3-Tab Supreme, but with an added laminated finish to give the roof a nice, warm-looking appearance. Oakridge also comes with a Lifetime Warranty, unlike the 3-Tab Supreme that only has a 25-year warranty on the materials.

Duration Designer Shingles are premium materials that add strong curb appeal to your new roof. If you are looking for more than just curb appeal look no further. These shingles include all the protection detail as the other materials listed above but have an added SureNail® Technology that provides stronger durability and grip for the roof. This type of shingle can withstand 130mph wind speeds and the design of the material helps protect the ‘nail pull’ during those intense wind speeds.


Once you have chosen your materials for the roof, it is time to design the overall look of the roof. Adding in some natural light with a skylight is a great option to include in the design of your roof. Skylights help make rooms look larger and are a great conversation piece for your home. If budget is a concern, look into a sun tube instead of a skylight. Sun tubes offer greater flexibility on location within the roof and are easier to install, while still adding natural light into the house.


Pre Roofing Home Prep

After designing your dream roof, it’s time to get down to business. As the roofing team starts assembling at the work site, it might be best to book a few days at a nearby hotel to stay out of the roofers’ way and stay safe while they handle the roofing materials. If you choose to stay at home while the project is underway, make sure to talk with your children about what is happening and lay down some rules on areas that will be unsafe for them to play in. Also, make sure to park your car a few houses down to protect it from any falling debris.


It is also recommended to do a light cleanup of the yard and cover any valuables stored in the attic to protect from dust that may come through while roofing. Don’t forget to remove any antennas you have attached to your roof before the project begins.


Roofing Process

Everything should be good to go by now. You have a hotel booked, the house is clear for the team to set up and get to work. A well-oiled team can install your new roof in a few days if they follow these steps in order:


  1. Remove your old roof. Peeling away the old, worn out shingles and placing them in a dumpster is the first step in the roofing process and gives space to inspect the overall state of your roof. An expert team will have the proper tools to skim your lawn to find any stay nails or metal that fell into the yard.
  2. Inspect the condition of the roof. If a roof is in good shape, you will only need to make tiny repairs. If there is slight damage, putting down new sheeting is enough to keep moving forward.
  3. If you live in areas that can get cold and even icy, like Tennessee, it is suggested to install a strong ice and water barrier to your roof. The barrier helps protect the ice from penetrating the shingles and prevent any major damages to the roof.
  4. Add metal drip edge around the edge of your roof. This drip edge controls the flow of water on the roof and protects the components used in roofing.
  5. Lay down the shingle material on the roof. Start at the edge and work your way to the top of the roof. As each layer of shingles is added, stagger the edges to help break the flow of water so it does not seep under each shingle layer.
  6. As the install is occurring, installation and sealing of the skylight will occur to make sure no water leaks into the house.
  7. Ridge vent installation is one of the last things to be installed when re-roofing. Ridge vents run along the peak of the roof in the attic space that helps remove hot air and can help prevent ice damage during winter.
  8. Time to clean up the working site and have an inspector come check out your new roof. Once the inspector clears the roof, it’s time to admire the crafty handwork of the team.


So much prep and coordination goes into your new roof installation. Working with a qualified roofing team is a great way to ensure your roof will last 25 plus years and keep you and your family safe the whole time. Check out our website for more information on how to start the process of installing your new roof here.