When the roof on a house fails, it needs to be replaced as quickly as possible to protect the home from potential damage. Otherwise, water can get inside the home, extending from the attic down through the other floors and damaging everything in its path.
If your roof appears to be approaching the end of its useful life, it is time to start thinking about getting a roof replacement. In addition to choosing the materials and style of the roof, you will need to ensure the project adheres to local building regulations and is carried out by experienced professionals. Here is a look at everything you need to know when planning your roof replacement.
Permits for Roof Replacement
Before you can even begin a roof replacement, it is important to check with your municipality to find out if there are any regulations that must be followed. This will depend on the area in which you live.
In Falls Church and many other Virginia towns, a roof replacement is generally considered a type of routine work that does not require a permit when it is being performed on a single-family home. However, this only applies if you are not going to replace the rafters or a significant part of the decking. Keep in mind that if you will also be adding or removing walls as part of the project, even if they are not load-bearing, a permit will be required.
If a permit is required in your neighborhood, you must obtain it prior to beginning the project. If you are working with a roofing contractor, they may be able to arrange for the permit on your behalf. Your local municipality may have applications available online to facilitate the process.
If your neighborhood has a homeowners’ association, you will need to check with them to make sure there aren’t any procedures or requirements you must follow. In some neighborhoods that are overseen by a homeowners association, you might need to secure written approval prior to getting the roof replacement.
Most associations cannot stop a homeowner from replacing their roof, but there may be rules governing the materials, colors and styles that can be chosen. Failing to get permission could result in an association forcing the homeowner to redo the work in a way that complies with their rules, and there could be fines involved. It is best to look at the homeowners’ association’s covenants, conditions and restrictions before beginning the work.
In addition, many homeowners’ associations will require homeowners to hire qualified roofing contractors that are licensed and insured.
What Does a Roof Replacement Entail?
A roof replacement on a moderately sized home will only take a few days. First, all of the existing shingles will be removed and discarded. Then, the roofing contractors will make any minor repairs needed if the roof is in otherwise good condition. If necessary, bad wood that is revealed when the shingles are removed will be replaced with sheathing.
Next, they will install ice dam protection if the local weather conditions require it. Then, they will lay down asphalt roofing paper over the sheathing to create an inner barrier for protection against water making its way into the home. Metal drip edging will then be applied.
Finally, they will apply tab shingles, beginning at the roof’s eaves and working up toward the peak. Flashing will be applied anywhere that a leak could occur, such as around any skylights or chimneys. In some cases, a ridge vent might be installed to help with air circulation.
The contractors will then carry out a final cleanup and haul all of the debris away. The installation may need to be approved by a building inspector after it is complete.
Choosing a Roofing Company
A roof replacement is an important job that should be entrusted to roofing professionals. The entire home could be at risk if the replacement is not performed well, so be sure to work with an experienced and reputable roofer with a proven track record of high-quality work.
Ensure your chosen roofer is licensed in your area and that their insurance is current. They should also be bonded, which means that a bonding company makes funds available to consumers in the event that they need to file a claim against the roofing company. Be wary of any company that is not willing to provide references or written estimates.
When deciding between roofers, look beyond price and consider availability and experience with the type of roofing material your project will involve, particularly if it is a less common material such as natural slate or solar shingles.
Discuss Your Project with the Northern Virginia Exterior Remodeling Contractors
Adelphia Exteriors offers a range of residential roof replacement services, from full replacements on aging roofs to partial replacements for damage or other issues. Reach out to our experienced roofing contractors to find out more about our services today.