• Joel Friedman

5 Essential Steps to Installing or Repairing Your Roof

Updated: Oct 13


Roofer on top of a house with bundles of Owens Corning Duration shingles that he is about to install
One of Gale Force Roofing & Restoration's crew on preparing to install shingles on this roof replacement project.

What is the roofing process?

If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t think much about your roof until there’s a problem. But your roof plays a critical role in protecting your home from the elements, and it’s important to keep it in good repair. If you wait until a problem becomes noticeable, then you risk causing severe damage to your home. Roof repair may seem daunting, but a good contractor will walk you through the process so that you feel at ease. Here’s a look at the roofing process, from start to finish.


1. Starting your roof repair or replacement project

very old shingles damaged by heat, wind, and water that are falling off the roof

The first step in any roofing project is a thorough inspection. Your roofer will check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, and make recommendations for repairs or replacement. If price is a concern, your roofer can work with you to help lower the cost of your roof repairs. A professional roofer should be an expert at helping get you the best price possible. Gale Force Roofing & Restoration offers complimentary roof inspections with no obligation to sign a contract.


2. Removing the existing roofing material

Lifetime Quality Roofing's crew removing the old shingles and roofing materials from a building

If you decide to replace your roof, the next step is for a hired professional to remove the old roofing materials. This is a delicate process, as you don’t want to damage the underlying structure, or the roof deck, of your home. A professional roofer will know how to accomplish this, so consider hiring a professional instead of DIY repairs. If you damage the underlying structure of your home with DIY repairs, then repair could become costly. The first things removed from your roof will be the drip edge and flashing. Once these are removed, your roofer will get started on removing the shingles. After that, the only thing left to be removed is the felt paper that sits under the shingles.


3. Waterproof the roof deck

Roofers from Lifetime Quality Roofing installing roof underlayment water barrier to prevent roof leaks and water damage to the building

Once the old roofing is removed, your roofer will install a new layer of felt paper to help protect your home from water damage. Water damage is one of the most common and harmful ways a roof can become damaged. This is just one layer of protection for your home. If the roof repair takes more than one day, your roofer may place tarps on your home to protect it from the elements. You shouldn’t have to worry about water damage while your roof is being repaired with a professional roofer. If you’re doing DIY repairs, make sure you have some tarps handy in case the weather changes, or in case repairs don’t go according to plan.


4. Install new shingles to the roof

Roofer subcontractor from Lifetime Quality Roofing installing new shingles on a roof of a business in Central Ohio

After the felt paper is installed, it’s time to install the new roofing materials, such as new shingles. A common roofing material is asphalt shingles. This process will vary depending on the type of roofing you’ve chosen, but in general, the new roofing is installed in overlapping layers. This is so water and debris will roll right off your roof without getting stuck in any cracks or under any layers. The first layer is called the underlayment, and it’s followed by the main roofing material or shingles. Your roofer will then install any necessary flashing and trim, and finally, apply a layer of roofing sealant. Flashing goes around chimneys, or anything protruding from your roof. These all contribute to the defense against water damage to your home.


5. Thoroughly clean the area around your property

Once the roofing materials are in place, your roofer will clean up the job site and make sure that all the materials are properly disposed of. A professional roofer will clean thoroughly as roofing materials, such as nails or nail guns, can be dangerous. When doing DIY repairs, it’s important to keep track of all of the roofing materials you are using and make sure they are disposed of properly. Contact your local waste management company to find out the best way to dispose of old roofing materials, such as shingles.


Admire your beautiful new roof

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your new roof! With proper care and maintenance, it should last for many years to come. Repairing your roof shouldn’t be daunting when working with a professional. Call Gale Force Roofing & Restoration at 813-805-8096 for a complimentary roof inspection, and a roof that will last a lifetime.


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