Portland Roof Installation
We know getting a new roof installed is probably the last thing you want to occupy your time and budget. But every roof needs to be replaced eventually, and you certainly don’t want to wait until you’re putting buckets in your living room to catch the drops during the next rainstorm. Your roof is essential in ensuring the integrity of your home and the comfort of your family, so if you have any concerns that your roof isn’t in tip-top shape, our team is here to help.
Here are a few common signs that you might need a new roof installed:
- The shingles are showing signs of damage. This can be anything from curls to cracks or the presence of dark streaks .
- Dark streak warnings are not limited to shingles. If you see them on your interior ceilings, it’s a clear indicator that moisture could be reaching the inside of the home.
- The ceiling starts to sag. If you wonder whether your ceiling seems to be getting a little too close, take a broom and just tap gently at it. If it has a too-soft feel, there’s a very good chance it’s caused by a leak.
- Are you noticing more moss on your roof? Moss holds moisture, which in turn causes the problems noted above. You can brush the moss off and take care of the problem in the short-term, but it will keep coming back.
- Is your roof over 20 years old? That alone is sign it’s time to at least consider installing a new one. Take a walk around your house. Start with the attic—that’s the room where moisture from a faulty roof starts to gather. If you can get ahead of the problem, you have the best chance of fixing your roof in a way that’s cost-effective and less disruptive to your life.
What to Expect in Roof Installation
A new roof is a big investment for your home. It’s necessary--especially in areas like Portland with all the rain we get--but it can be disruptive and stressful. Stress can be eased by a better understanding of the process and knowing what to expect. Let’s take a walk through the process of roof installation.
If you’re ready to get started immediately, you can call Serv-Tech at (800) 885-4669 for roof installation in Portland.
Securing Your Property
A lot of debris will be falling from the roof, which makes protective tarps are a must. Do you have a patio? That needs to be protected, as do any plants or garden. Any solar panels or antennas may need to be removed entirely until the installation is complete.
The interior of your home will not be exempt from debris and the need for tarping. Cover furniture, bedding and anything you consider valuable. If there’s an attic, its proximity to the roof means you should tarp everything.
Securing the Roof Itself
The old must go before the new can come in. Your shingles must be removed. So will your flashing (a thin product that secures areas where shingles connect unevenly, like at a point where the roof elevates). Everything down to the plywood must go.
As part of this removal, the roofer can find out if there is any damaged wood. There’s no point in installing a new roof until this damage is fixed. A new roof on bad wood will lead to a leak, which we dare say goes against the very reason you’re having a new roof installed to begin with.
Vents and gutters may not have to be removed, but they do need to be checked. Lack of proper ventilation is the primary reason roofs fail to meet their expected lifespan. And flawed gutters cause water backups and lead to long-term damage.
Prepping Your Daily Life
It’s possible to complete new roof installation in a single day. It’s also possible that it could take two weeks. Every home is different. The work done to install a roof is loud. Another reality of roof installation is that trucks will be regularly moving in and out with supplies Your contractor should prepare for you how often your driveway will be occupied and work with you to find solutions that minimize disruption.
Roof installers work during normal business hours, so if you go to the office and the kids go to school, that solves a lot of problems. But ever since the arrival of COVID-19, more people are working from home.
If your installation is going to take any extended period of time, it helps to figure out up front where you’ll work, where the kids will study and where you’ll park. If a friend or neighbor has room for you to set up shop at their house during the day, now might be a good time to call in the favor.
Now the new roof starts to take shape. The roofer has the job of ensuring the alignment is perfect and that new products are installed. These range from the drip edge, which helps protect shingles from water damage to under-row shingles to diverters in the event your home does not have a gutter system.
We’ve mentioned how much debris will be falling. That doesn’t mean you have to come home at night to a messy yard. A professional expectation is that contractors clean the job site each and every day.
Once the job is completed, it’s time for final inspection. Be very careful and take your time as you walk through this process. Your approval is necessary before the job is considered complete.
Roof installation might be an up-front investment that causes a lot of hassle, but it’s an investment that can potentially increase the value of your home on resale and it can simply make living in your house a lot more comfortable and carefree during inclement weather.Reach out to us at Serv-Tech. We’ll work with you on any building permits and warranty paperwork that may be necessary to get the job started. Then we’ll supply a professional team of certified, licensed and background-checked roofers. Reach out to us online or give us a call at (800) 885-4669 and let’s talk.