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A roof can be the most distinguishing feature of a house or building, with the ability to make or break the desired appearance. It will also be your main source of insulation and temperature control, and protection against weather damage and the sun. Therefore, designing your roof style, choosing materials, drawing up framework and incorporating features such as drainage, coatings, vents, insulation and skylights, should all be planned meticulously and carried through precisely.
The Different Steps Involved
Depending on the choices you make regarding roof style, materials, cost, etc, the different stages and procedures in roofing a house can differ greatly. The following is a very simple layout of the generic, basic, steps involved in how to roof a house:
- Design your roof and draw up a plan.
- Strip previous roof of all old, damaged and useless materials. Clean what remains.
- Measure your roof to determine its dimensions and the amounts of materials required.
- Re-nail or replace sheathing.
- Install ice and water guard.
- Install felt underlyments.
- install flashings/soil boots.
- Install vents and ventilation.
- Install shingles from left to right, starting at lowest left-hand corner.
Remember that roofing professionals are experts in walking and moving around on roofs. Always exert the utmost safety when working on your roof, and never pursue something that you cannot do stably and safely.
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Hiring a Roofer
Building or repairing a roof is a large project that affects a homeowner’s everyday life. A roofing project requires a skilled and qualified roofing contractor. It is important to research a contractor entirely before hiring; this will help prevent being scammed by an untrustworthy contractor.
Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor:
Explore All Options. Get at least three estimates for the job before hiring a contractor. Do not feel pressured to take the lowest offer; contractors with more experience and higher quality work may charge more. When receiving an estimate make sure the roofer does a complete inspection of the roof rather than a quick estimate from the ground. For a contractor you can trust, check out bbb.org for reviews, complaints, and ratings.
Check References. Ask the roofer for references that have similar work as the requested job. Contact these references to determine if the job met the appropriate standards, was done on time, and was done for around the estimated cost. This will also allow consumers to get an idea of how the subcontractor’s work looks. Verify the contractor has a physical location with a contact number and address. Qualified roofing contractors have proof of insurance, proper licenses, and are registered with the specific state. The contractor should be able to acquire the necessary permits for the job.
Get a Written Contract. The contract should be concise, detailed and should include: the job that is being completed, the materials being used, the cost of every aspect of the job, any warranties, the estimated start and end dates, and the conditions of payment. Make sure to arrange for cleanup and disposal of trash after the job is completed; this may not be included in the original price. Never sign a blank contract and make sure to save a copy for future references.
Inspect the Work. After the job has been completed, thoroughly inspect the work that has been done. Make sure it meets the qualifications that were agreed upon. Do not make the final payment until you are completely satisfied. Always pay a contractor with a credit card or check.
Tips from the Better Business Bureau