Tracking Down Roofing Issues

Could You Really Replace Your Roofing On Your Own?

If your roofing is in need of replacement, you may be considering taking on the task without the help of a professional. Roofing is a difficult job that not everyone can physically complete. Here, you'll learn about the roofing process to help you determine if you really can complete the project without professional assistance.

Existing Roofing Removal

As professionals remove the existing roofing materials, they typically toss the materials off of the roof directly into a dump truck or construction dumpster. Homeowners often lease a dumpster to catch their roofing waste.

After the dumpster has been placed, you can get to work removing the shingles, building paper, nails, and any sub-roofing that is damaged. Never try to cut corners and skip the removal of the old nails. Leaving the old nails behind will cause damage to the new roofing.

Preparing the Materials

You will have to get all of the materials needed to replace the roof from the ground, up to the roof. Many professional roofing contractors have equipment that hoists the heavy materials up to the roof safely. So, you'll either need to lease the equipment or carry the heavy shingles, sub-roofing, and building paper up a ladder to the different areas of the roof.

This is one of the hardest, most dangerous steps in installing a new roof on your home.

Roofing Installation

Sub-roofing repairs must be completed first. Careful measurements and precise cutting is a must as you replace the wood. Metal flashing must be installed in the valleys of the roof extending to the eves and sealed to the roof using roofing cement. Building paper is installed as a secondary defense against water damage. Roll the paper across the roof and tack it in place.

Shingles can take a while to install. They need to be carefully placed and then nailed into place. Professionals use pneumatic nail guns to expedite the process, but you can use just a hammer and nails to secure the shingles – it will just take you a lot longer.

Finish the roof vents with a vent pipe boot. This piece simply slides over the vent and creates a seal that stops water from seeping into the cracks around the vent pipe.

This is the basic idea of what you'll go through to do the roofing on your own. Calculate the cost of leasing the equipment that you'll need to get the job done right, and how much time, blood, sweat, and tears you'll put into this project and decide – is this a project for you, or is it best left to the professionals?