Roofing Repair & Installation Services
Removing and replacing shingles on your roof is without a doubt, one of the key methods to extend the lifespan of your home. Think about the bad weather and other elements it has withstood over the years. Surely a repair should be in plan, right?
When should you replace your roof shingles
First off, this project can be costly and price may vary depending on the place you live in. On that note, try out GetPro Construction for a cost effective and practical approach when it comes to roofing repair. Going back to the topic, shingle replacement can be expensive but it will save you 10x that amount if you won’t have to replace the entire roof with proper maintenance done.
In contrast to other paving materials like concrete which admittedly can be a tad bit more durable by a very small margin, classic clay bricks will last for a very long as well especially if its maintained and was installed properly. In terms of appearance though, concrete pavers can hardly match the elegance of clay bricks.
When should you replace your roof shingles
It might not be obvious without a trained eye and without visible water damage, it could be easily overlooked by most people. That being said, here are some signs to look out for.
- Leaks or poling water
- Curling of the shingle edges
- Shingle granules in the gutter causing it to sog or clog.
- Algae or moss build up
- Water stains or dampened underside of the roof deck
- Black granules or asphalt falling off from the old shingles
- Loose flashing in valleys or around chimney
Average Cost of Tearing off old shingles vs replacing a roof
Shingle replacement can be a costly job but it’s nowhere near the price of a full blown roof replacement. The price varies from different areas in the US and the material used. To give you a rough estimate per square feet, asphalt is around $100, concrete ranges from $50 to $70, and more expensive materials can go all the way up to $500 to $600 per square slate.
Roof replacement on the hand, will easily go for $10,000 for a mid-sized house and you can expect that price to steadily go up over the years. Newly built A-class houses in particular might even reach 6-figures if the material used are the synthetic expensive ones.
When replacing shingles, you must remove the old ones first and prep the roof properly before installing a new set of shingles. Depending on the area you live in, this process can cost an average of $1,000 – $3,000 for a professional roofing contractor to do the job.
Starting the Project: Removal of the Old Shingles
1. Set a date to start things off – this is very important!
Make sure to plan things out properly and have the new shingles prepared in advance ready to be installed immediately so you can remove any compromises in the near future. Exposing your bare roof to the elements can bring you an entire rainbow of problems.
2. Contact the Professional Roofers
This is very crucial to make sure the entire process goes smoothly. Coordinate with your GetPro Construction personnel ahead of time and we’ll take it from there. From coordinating, planning, removal, installation, and cleanup – we got you covered!
3. Review and Procure the Necessary Permits
The process may vary from state to state but it should be fairly straight forward. Head to your city office and ask for their requirements for a shingle removal project. Some states may require more paperwork while some might require less so make sure you contact them and get to know the specific things that you need to do.
4. Prepare a disposal area for the old shingles
This project can get messy so it’s really important to prepare an area in your yard where you can temporarily store the old shingles while waiting for a cleanup crew to take away the mess. Apart from the shingles, other roofing debris will also need to be taken care of so you can avoid major cleanups that you’d have to deal with or spend additional expenses for a cleaner.
5. Let the TEAR OFF begin!
Our experienced contractors, usually a 4 or 5-man team can remove an entire roof’s old shingles in a day if everything is planned thoroughly. We make it a point to get an early start so we can have some leeway just in case problems arise during the removal process.
EXTRA NOTE – If you plan on a DIY, here are some tools you’ll need.
We don’t recommend it but if you plan on doing it yourself, a complete set of tools will go a long way. Just keep in mind that even if you do have all the equipment in the world, if you don’t possess the 3-decades of experience when it comes to roofing, it’s really best to leave the job to the professionals
- #30 Roofing felt
- Adjustable roof jacks
- Chalk line
- Garden fork and/or roofing shovel
- Hammer tacker
- Ice and water barrier
- Plywood sheets (make sure you have enough to lean against roof jacks)
- Pry bar
- Push brooms
- Roofing nails
- Sturdy ladders
6. Evaluate the Flashing
Replacing shingles will also mean working on the other aspects of your roof. While we’re at it, we make sure to inspect the flashing – these are the thin pieces of steel that redirects rainwater away from your home. Even a small crack is enough for water to get through and it doesn’t stop there, water can get into the other materials and start the rotting process from there so inspection is something we take very seriously. If there are flashings that need to be replaced, this is the time to make notes of when and where the replacement will be installed.
7. Clean the Roof
After removing all the old shingles, we go back over each section of the roof to check for any protruding nails or other materials and we remove them along the way. While checking, we re-inspect again to check for damaged sheathing or rotting sections that need to be replaced before installing the new set of shingles. Shingle granules are slippery so we make sure to sweep the roof properly and as cautiously as possible to prep it for the next step.
8. Installation of Ice & Water Barriers
After the cleanup, it’s time to install ice and water barriers. As mentioned previously, your roof guards you not just from the weather but also from other elements. Some of which include ice and of course water. After the barriers are in place, a layer of Felt is installed too.
9. Another Round of Cleaning
After the roof work has all been said and done, it’s time to clean up any debris left by the final steps. While we’re on it, we also go ahead and check your gutters to make sure they’re not clogged with shingle granules or any roofing debris.
Need Professional Roofing Contractors?
GetPro Construction has been fixing and installing roof shingles for more than 2 decades now primarily servicing Detroit & Southeast Michigan areas. With our top quality workmanship coupled with competitive pricing, we aim to give our clients the satisfaction they deserve for their hard earned money. For any inquiries or FREE ESTIMATE, call us now at (734)822-9595 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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