What to Expect During Roof Replacement

Learn how to properly prepare your home and yard before a roof replacement.
March 26, 2024

What to Expect During Roof Replacement

Making the decision to replace the roof on your home does not need to be a stressful or overwhelming experience. Roof replacement is a lengthy, complex project but when you hire experienced roofing contractors, the job will be completed safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after your roof replacement will make the entire process more seamless. At Harford Roofing & Exteriors, we specialize in quality, professional roofing services, including roof repair and roof replacement near Abingdon, Maryland. Take a look at what to expect during the roof replacement process, and then call us to request an estimate or schedule a consultation.

When Do You Need a New Roof?

Like any other part of your home, your roof is subject to wear and tear and will degrade over time. Staying on top of roof maintenance and repairs will extend the lifespan of your roof. Most roofing systems last between 20-50 years; however, even with proper care and maintenance, heavy storms, animal damage, and high winds can severely damage your roof. Call our roofing contractors if you notice any of these warning signs you need roof replacement:

  • Your roof is over 20 years old or has not had regular care or maintenance.
  • The roof has huge sections of missing shingles, tiles, or roofing panels.
  • There is extensive water damage, multiple leaks, or mold or mildew growth on the roof.
  • The roof is sagging or buckling.
  • There are bald spots on the roof.
  • The roof has suffered from extensive damage from snow, rain, hail, wind, ice, or animals.
  • There are holes or cracks in the roof.
  • The roof was constructed from outdated or unsafe materials.
  • Your energy bills have dramatically increased.
  • Your attic has issues with mold, mildew, leaks, condensation, or humidity.

Budgeting for the Cost of Roof Replacement

A roof replacement is not inexpensive, so it is important to plan for and budget for the cost. Most roof replacements cost between $5,700-12,400. Find out if your roofing contractor offers financing options, or talk to your bank about a construction or home improvement loan for the cost of a roof replacement.

Finding a Local Roofing Contractor

You will need to hire an experienced, licensed roofing contractor for your roof replacement. You should start by asking friends and family for recommendations. You can also ask your homeowners insurance agent if they have any recommendations. Get estimates from several different contractors, and prequalify contractors by confirming they are licensed and insured. Read online reviews and make sure the roofing contractors don’t have any violations on their license or complaints filed against them. Then schedule initial consultations with each roofing contractor to ask questions and find out if they are right for your job.

Choosing the Right Roofing Materials

While you likely won’t be able to choose what type of roof is installed on your home, you will have some control over the roofing materials used. Choosing the right materials will increase the protection, structural stability, durability, and energy-efficiency of your roof. Quality roofing materials will also increase the value of your home and make it more comfortable and attractive. Our roofing contractors can help you pick the best roofing shingles, tiles, roof deck material, and more for your roof. We will consider your needs and goals, future plans for your home, the architecture of your home, and your budget.

Preparing Your Yard and Home for a Roof Replacement

Our roofing contractors will be on your roof and in your yard throughout the duration of the project. We will park a dumpster in your driveway or the street in front of your home to dispose of old roofing materials and hardware. We’ll use tarps to protect your yard, but you should make sure your front and backyard and driveway are free of toys, furniture, potted plants, bicycles, vehicles, and other objects that could get in our way or become damaged as we work.

You may need to mark certain objects like sprinkler systems, ponds, and electrical outlets so that we can watch out for them as we work. It also helps to protect delicate plants that can’t be removed from the area. You will also need to clear out your attic completely and put a tarp or painter’s drop sheet on the floor. If you have a built-in garage, you should cover all items and remove vehicles, tools, and anything expensive. You should remove hanging items and wall decor from your house, secure your windows, and remove fragile items and dishes.

Learn what to expect when having your roof replaced.Understanding the Roof Replacement Process

Before we begin your roof replacement, we will schedule a roof inspection. We will assess your roof, roof decking, attic, soffits and fascia, eaves, and garage. We’ll review the full timeline for your roof replacement and provide you with a detailed estimate for the cost. We can also go over our roof replacement financing options. Before we begin, we will handle all permitting and zoning issues. We will then begin the planning phase, during which we order materials, hire subcontractors if needed, and rent ancillary equipment like a dumpster. The roof replacement process includes:

  • Removal of the old roof and all roofing materials and hardware.
  • Examination of the roof deck and flashing.
  • Replacement of the roof deck and flashing if necessary.
  • Installation of the underlayment.
  • Laying of the roofing materials.
  • Installing or replacing vents.

What to Expect After Your New Roof is Installed

When your new roof is installed, we will do a final walkthrough and inspection with you. You can confirm that the job has been completed to your satisfaction. We will then do a final sweep to make sure all roofing materials, hardware, and other debris has been removed, and we’ll also remove all rental equipment from your property. Finally, we’ll take time to review all warranty information and necessary roofing maintenance.  

Schedule a Consultation for Roof Replacement near Abingdon, Maryland 

If you have a roof leak or roof damage or just want to improve the condition and quality of your home with a new roof, our team of roofing contractors at Harford Roofing & Exteriors can help. We are experts in home remodeling and offer quality workmanship, exceptional customer service, and unmatched prices. We specialize in shingle and flat roofing inspections, repairs, and maintenance as well as roof replacements, new construction roof installation, gutter services, exterior siding, and window and door services. Call us today at (443) 292-6020 or request a quote for the cost of roof repair, roof maintenance, or roof replacement.