Repairing a leaking roof is not the same thing
as installing a roof without leaks
Knowing how to return your roof back to the original specifications is our specialty
General suggestions for preparing the job area.
We make a clean, organized work area. Block it off from children and pets. Identify and avoid all site danger areas, such as dangerous power lines, unsafe roof access areas, and underground hazards (such as cesspools and power lines).
We cover or remove wall hangings as well as any loose items from walls and shelves. Use tarps to avoid damaging plants and shrubs. You must park any cars or other vehicles away from the driveway and a safe distance from the construction area. Disable any sprinkler systems.
Cover any pools and hot tubs, and remove any other sensitive items around the house that might be damaged by falling roofing debris.
Tearing Off The Roof And Preparing The Roof Deck
Nothing is more important in roofing than preparing the surface under the shingles. With a roof tear-off, when the old materials are removed, you’ll have a clean deck that allows you to see any potential problems that need to be fixed.
This could range from rotten wood to cracked boards to an unsound deck that won’t hold nails as well.
Proper methods for tearing off a roof and preparing the roof deck, see our video.
Installing Roofing System & Protection
The proper installation of high-quality roof deck protection like Deck-Armor™ Premium Breathable Roof Deck Protection, Shingle-Mate® Roof Deck Protection, or Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection is the foundation on which a good roof system is built.
Installing Ridge Cap Shingles
Hip or ridge cap shingles are not only a great finishing touch to your roof, they are also a critical piece of your roof system that helps to protect some of the highest stress and vulnerable areas on your roof. Installing hip or ridge shingles requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the hips and ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when installing hip or ridge shingles on your roof.
Cleaning Up The Job Site
Professional roofing contractors develop specialized techniques and equipment for keeping the jobsite clean. Tackling the job on your own, you can adopt some of these practices as well. Some quick tips are to shelter and protect bushes and plants that might be affected by material dropping from the roof, and to use a tarp to catch as much material as possible. Many roofing contractors follow a completed job by running a magnet over the “drop zone” to collect any nails that might have escaped.
How Long Will It Take?
Realistically, do-it-yourself roofing can take a lot of time and effort. It depends on various factors, such as your level of experience, the size of your roof, whether or not you need to do a complete tear-off of the existing roof, how much preparation your roof deck needs, and how many people are assisting you. Since it’s important not to leave your roof unprotected for any length of time, you must allow at least several uninterrupted days in a row to work on the project.