There comes a time in the life of every local home when your roof’s life has run its course and you find yourself in need of a roof replacement in Winston Salem, NC. Fortunately, if your roof was well-maintained its lifespan could be 20 years or more. Homes built in the 90s and 2000s are typically approaching their use-by date, although there are certain types of roofing that last longer than others.
And replacing your roof isn’t cheap—or at least, it shouldn’t be. The price we pay as homeowners is well worth it, though.
Quality workmanship + quality materials = Long-lasting, resilient home protection
So if that time has come for your roof, you may have some questions. Like:
- How much is this going to cost? (You can find the answer to that question right here)
- How can I make my new roof last longer? (The answer can be found in this simple How-To guide)
- And, how does the roof replacement process work?
In this article, we’re unpacking that last question and going through our roof replacement process in Winston Salem NC step-by-step. A lot of our local clients expect that replacing their roof will be overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming. With the right roofing professional, it doesn’t need to be any of those things.
If you want a roof replacement that is professional, well-executed, and finished on time, you need to understand what that looks like, and how to get it.
And I’m here to help you do exactly that.
In the roofing industry you’ll hear us throw around a couple of common terms:
Flashing: Pieces of metal that are used to prevent water leaking in around joins in the roof (for example, around a chimney or skylight)
Square: this is a measure of area, equal to 100 square feet. This is how we measure and quote for your roof.
Sheathing: the surface your shingles are applied to.
Bundles: 3-4 bundles of shingles will generally cover a square.
Valley: The place where roof slopes join, named for the groove it forms.
The Roof Replacement Process
#1. We visit you to carry out a roof inspection before your roof replacement Winston Salem
A professional roofing specialist knows when—and if—your roof needs to be replaced. Our first step is always to check your roof for ourselves. This way, we can be sure that a total roof replacement is best for your needs—or if there are other solutions that could be better suited.
#2. We provide a quote for your Winston Salem, NC roofing replacement
Our follow-up process involves giving homeowners a detailed written quote for the work we recommend. This allows you to plan your spending, to get quotes from other local roofing companies, and to find the right fit for you.
After all, your roof is going to be with you for a long time—it’s important to make sure you trust the team installing it!
#3. We get the go-ahead on your roof replacement
If you choose Grace Roofing and Construction, the next step is to sign a contract, organize financing (you can do that directly through our team), and schedule the project.
We’ll work together to choose a start date, advise of what needs to be done, and estimate a completion date. As we work through the roof replacement, it’s important that our clients know what’s going on every step of the way. We pride ourselves on open communication, and we’ll keep you abreast of any potential obstacles along the way.
#4. Preparation is key for a successful roof replacement Winston Salem
Expert roof replacement begins with stringent, focused preparation. Existing shingles (or other roofing materials), damaged or old drip edging, damaged valley flashing will all be removed to prepare for roof installation.
Our goal is always for our clients to be thrilled with our workmanship and service, so we’ll also take care to protect the rest of your home and garden as we work.
Pro Tip: If you’re unsure about the safety of your family and pets, ask your roofing contractor how they pick up nails and loose metal objects on your property. Magnetic tools are the easiest and most effective way.
#5. We repair
Your roofing contractor will make minor repairs to suit your roof and the roofing materials we’ll be using in your roof replacement. If your region requires ice dam protection, here is where your roofing team will install it.
#6. We protect your home at all times during a roof replacement in the NC Piedmont Triad
Once the roof sheathing is prepared—and repaired, if needed—we lay down asphalt roofing paper and staple it in place to create a barrier between the interior of your home and any water that gets under your roofing.
We’ll apply metal drip edging around the trim of your roof. We apply metal drip edging on the eave and gable sides and nail it in place over the roofing paper.
New valley flashing is also installed now, if we’ve removed old and worn-out valley flashing.
#7. Let the roof replacement process begin!
Here is where we start applying your roofing shingles, vents, flashing around the chimney, skylights, vents, and—eventually—the ridge vent. Ridge vents are an effective way to improve air circulation in attic spaces, minimizing the risk of ice dams, condensation, and general water damage to your home.
#8. We clean up and magnetize after every roof replacement Winston Salem
Part of our process at Grace Roofing and Construction LLC is leaving your property clean, tidy, and safe for you and your family. We’ll haul away all the roofing debris before your building inspector’s visit to approve our work.
The key to a successful, seamless roof replacement is quality workmanship and quality materials. That combination, and understanding the work being done on your home, will give you a roof that looks, behaves and withstands the elements better than ever.
Now that you have a clearer idea of what is involved in the roof replacement process, I hope you’ll feel more confident asking questions. Most professional roofing contractors are happy to address your concerns and give you transparent feedback about what you can expect of a roof replacement.
Contact us today for a free quote and ask us your questions in person—I’d love to have a chat.