Having the roof replaced on your home is certainly a big job! Though skilled roofing contractors can complete the job in twenty-four hours or fewer, generally speaking, you still might feel a little nervous about the extent of what will go on up there in that length of time. All those nails, the amount of banging and clanging, the hustle and bustle of workers—it all can make a person a bit anxious if they don’t know what’s going on!

That’s why Midwest Exteriors MN is here to help. Below, we’ll detail a bit of what goes on during a roof replacement, from beginning to end, so that you can look forward to your new roof with excitement.

Let’s dig in!

Your Old Shingles Will Generally Be Disposed of

If your roofing company rolls up to your home with a massive dumpster, don’t be alarmed. They just need a spot to toss all your old shingles! If you’re opting for an entire roofing replacement, most contractors will rip off the entire old layer before they lay the new one. This, in addition to ensuring adherence to applicable local building codes, helps to prevent a problem known as “telegraphing.”

According to The Spruce, a home improvement resource, “telegraphing” occurs when new shingles are simply laid over the old. While this can sometimes work out in select circumstances, if the old roof has any lumps or bumps, the new roof will conform to that shape. It tends to be one of the many problems faced by lazy contractors who want to cut down on work or DIYers who don’t have the expertise required to do the job right.

What About Recycling?

Your shingles will generally be thrown away, but if you’re eco-conscious and want to reduce the project’s waste, chat with your contractor before the job starts about recycling opportunities and mention your concerns. Not all roofing products can be recycled, but if yours can, your pro should go the extra mile and work with you to take advantage of that.

Repairs Will Be Handled During the Process

It can sometimes be the case that your roofing company will discover damage that prevents them from completing the job safely. If this is the case, it will usually result in a change order—an official change, in writing, to the original scope of the work. When you signed your roofing contract, you signed it for a given amount of work; this official change will allow the contractor to perform the required repairs, inform you of how much they could cost, and adjust the timeline accordingly.

Rest assured that, if your contractor knows what they’re doing, they will tackle any foreseen problems upfront, as change orders aren’t ideal for either party. That being said, even the best roofing contractor can’t plan for everything; knowing how to handle the unexpected is part of the job description!

How Can I Avoid Change Orders?

According to Renovation Insider, the two kinds of change orders you might encounter are existing conditions and owner requests. While you might not be able to do much to avoid the former (IE, if your current work is found to not be up to code), you can avoid the latter by making sure both you and the contractor are on the exact same page and that you thoroughly read the initial contract before proceeding.

Keep in mind that your roofing contractor wants this renovation to be as seamless a process as you do. Allow them to survey the site and ask plenty of questions so that neither you or they are caught off guard.

More Will Go Up There Than Just New Shingles

Shingles, shingles, shingles—it’s one of the biggest topics in home and condo contractor blogs, and for good reason. Shingles not only pull a great deal of weight when it comes to weather defense; they also make up the most exciting part of roof replacement for many homeowners: changing your home’s entire look! But as much as this topic is focused on, there’s quite a bit more to a new roof than just new shingles, so don’t be worried if you see your contractor spending time working with other things.

If you see long strips of metal material being carried onto your roof, for instance, nothing is wrong; your roofing contractor is just installing new flashing, which keeps out drips and helps your roofing shed water safely. In addition, the swaths of underlayment material applied over the roofing deck provide additional moisture protection while also keeping plywood decks safe during installation, according to Inspectapedia.

Midwest Exteriors MN: Five-Star Lake Elmo Roofing Contractors

Whether you need storm damage roof repair or an entire replacement, we’ve got your back with our top-notch service and decades of expertise. Reach our Lake Elmo office today at 651-346-9477.