When it is time to raise a new roof, you have several factors to consider regarding roofing components and materials. A solid roof is more than just shingles; it combines different pieces that create a complete system.

A roof replacement is an important investment, and you want to ensure you get the best materials. Our experts break down what goes into this process so that you can make an informed decision.

residential roof workLiberty Roofworks has served the Charlotte area for years and is proud to help the community learn about the essential aspects of roofing. Each part of this system, from shingle to nail and in between, is essential to keep your roof in tip-top shape.

During a roof replacement, pretty much every accessory and component is replaced.

Here, we’ll go over 9 additional materials included in your replacement.

1. Decking

Decking consists of wooden boards that frame the roof. They are the foundation where shingles and other pieces are installed upon. Decking does not always have to be replaced with a new roof; a repair may be sufficient. However, you won’t know this until you have a roofing contractor inspect your roof.

New decking will be necessary if the contractor finds rotten boards under the old roof. If the original decking is still in solid shape, this replacement will not be necessary.

Our team makes sure to inspect decking materials to prevent you from having to pay more than needed. If the decking is in good shape, we won’t worry about adding this step to your tab. Rest assured you will always receive an honest quote from Liberty Roofworks.

2. Underlayment

This next piece goes over the decking for added protection. It is a felt material that is either 15 pounds, 30 pounds, or synthetic. This piece is a must for your replacement as it serves as the final line of defense before intrusive elements reach the decking. Solid underlayment is an absolute necessity to keep that decking secure. If you invest now, you won’t be paying for a mistake later.

3. Flashing

This material is placed wherever shingles meet another component, like a chimney, wall, or open valleys. It may or may not have to be replaced. Again, it’s one of those things where a contractor needs to inspect to decide if it’s still in good enough shape. If it is not rusted and the metal is still strong, the flashing is good to go. If it is rusted, damaged, or you are just looking for an upgrade, new flashing is required.

4. Drip Edge

Similar to flashing, drip edge is another type of metal to protect the roof. This one is installed on the edges to help direct the flow of water away from the fascia and other roofing pieces. This is a must-replace when you get a replacement. It is required by code to have, and failure to do so can cause a home inspection failure.

This is where having a great contractor is essential. You do not want a contractor who will cut corners, like someone willing to skip the drip edge. Not only will this hurt the value of your home, but you will be required to remedy it before you can sell your home.

5. Ridge Capping

This capping goes at the peak where two slopes meet. The trim is thicker and pre-bent to conform to roof ridges. It is a must-replace piece and another spot where a contractor may try to cut corners. Some contractors attempt to use 3-tab asphalt shingles, but this is not true ridge capping. 3-tab asphalt shingles are not designed to fulfill the purposes of ridge capping and can lead to leaks later. Check the estimate to ensure you get true ridge capping.

6. Water and Ice Shield

The valleys of the roof are essential to guide the water away from problem areas. To do this, there has to be some sort of protection from the constant water flow. Water and ice shields do this! These accessories are waterproof and protect water and ice damage.

New water and ice shields are a must with a replacement, and you need to keep the valleys clear as part of routine roof maintenance. If you do not, you run the risk of water running across shingles or saturating down through to the decking layer. This could lead to leaks, mold growth, and other issues.

7. Asphalt Shingles

The shingles are the top layer with the most visibility. When people think of replacements, they typically just think of this layer. Shingles are certainly part of your project and need to be installed with professional roofing techniques. Improper installation can lead to another replacement much sooner than you anticipate.

Now, we talk about asphalt shingles here, but this is true for any type of material used on your roof. Metal roofing is growing in popularity, and we can also replace that type. Simply ask about the specific material you want! If you are unsure what your current roofing material is, just ask, and we can check when we offer you a free estimate.

8. Roof Vents

Even your roof needs to vent sometimes! Vents allow the attic to circulate and ventilate the air properly. Without it, the longevity will be drastically shortened due to the trapped air at the top of the house. Vents allow the attic to breathe and are included in a replacement. You can have the same type installed again or check out other options. Just talk to your contractor at the start and see what your choices are!

9. Pipe Boots

Covered pipe boots protect your home by preventing water from running down inside. These are synthetic boots placed around roof penetrations to prevent leaks. They are a must-replace feature when it comes to a new roofing project. There is a good chance an old pipe boot is cracked, which is the most common cause of leaks.

Expert Assistance

A replacement with a licensed contractor is an essential aspect of this process. Expert assistance will help you understand the process, time, labor, costs, and more. Working with a professional means you have access to professional advice and the protections that come with that.

For example, a licensed contractor will carry insurance. This means you are covered if an accident happens during the replacement. A licensed contractor also provides a certain level of expectation that comes with the preparedness and work quality you are seeking. Taking your time to research potential contractors is essential to ensure you get the best price, advice, and experience.

What does the roof replacement process look like?

Overall, this is a large undertaking, and you are bound to have ample questions about what to expect. As we listed here, most materials will have to be replaced as part of the process. Some materials, like decking or flashing, maybe in good condition and can stay put.

The actual project typically takes around 3 to 4 days. This can vary slightly based on the size of the home. It starts by removing existing shingles as well as damaged drip edges or flashing. The crew protects the rest of your home with tarps, so your plants and other outdoor pieces are safe.

Next, minor repairs like replacing bad wood are done. This part can be more extensive if all the decking needs to be torn up and replaced. Then ice and water protection will be placed.

An inner barrier of asphalt roofing paper is laid down to bar water penetration. Metal drip edging is added on the edges and nailed into place. If needed, ridge capping is placed at this point too.

The largest undertaking is replacing all the shingles. The team usually starts at the eaves and continues to progress to the peak. Next, flashing is placed anywhere shingles, and other roofing elements meet.

One of the last steps is the smaller pieces like vents, pipe boots, and other pieces like that. General cleanup is the final step, as well as a final quality check.

How does a repair and a replacement differ?

A replacement will take out all the existing components and install brand-new ones. The longevity of your current roof depends on what original materials were used and the quality of that workmanship. Typically, an asphalt shingle design lasts between 15 and 20 years.

A repair is more of a Band-Aid solution that will eventually need to be fully addressed. If you are only missing a few shingles, have some granule loss or minor storm damage, a repair might be sufficient.

While a repair is less costly than a replacement, eventually, there will need to be a complete replacement. If you have major storm damage, leaks, moss growth, and other signs, it is time for a complete replacement.

The Bottom Line 

Liberty Roofworks is composed of experts providing high-quality roof projects to the Charlotte area for years. Working with us means receiving clear communications, quality workmanship, and attention to detail. We seek to bring quality back to the customer and pride ourselves on achieving perfection.

Contact us for a free estimate and for answers to any questions about the materials included in your project.

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