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What to Expect During (and after) Your Roof Replacement

A good roof is typically a good investment, but sooner or later it’ll be time to consider an upgrade for the long-term health of your home. Here’s a handy guide for what to expect when you’re preparing for a roof replacement.

1. Getting Quoted

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to replacing your roof, so your representative will be putting together a package that considers the needs of your home, your budget, and how you’d like the finished product to look and feel. A good assessment will take 1 – 2 hours, while the representative takes measurements, shows samples, and takes the time to answer any questions you have about the process, cost, or design. So jot some thoughts down in advance!

2. Contract & Scheduling

Once you’ve settled on a package, the contract is next! This is a binding agreement between you and the vendor, designed to ensure that all work is completed based on the specifications you agree to. You should receive a scheduling call for the installation within 4 business days.

Tip: Wait times vary based on the weather and the time of the year, but two to five weeks is typical for a full roof replacement.

3. The Drop-Off

The day before your installation, shingles, flashing, and other heavy materials needed for the project will be delivered to the work site. Why? Roof replacements are labor intensive, and it’s easier to confine the labor to a shorter period of time if all the prep work is done in advance. Typically the supplies will be placed in a bundle on the roof, but if the your yard is wooded or crowded with belongings they might be placed in the yard or driveway.

And it’s a cardinal rule of roof work: moisture must be avoided at all costs for the work to maintain the integrity you’re looking for in a new roof. If there’s rain on the radar, you’ll receive a rescheduling call from the office, and the work will be completed after the weather clears up. Any roofing materials that have already been dropped off will be secure for up to 2 – 3 weeks.

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4. Installation

Installers will typically arrive bright and early on the day of the installation, removing old shingles first before conducting a full examination of the plywood underneath. If any damaged pieces are found, they’ll be removed and replaced so that your new roof goes on with all potential support issues corrected. The process will typically take a single day, but your vendor should let you know if any issues come up that call for more time.

Tip: Installations are loud! Installers won’t be entering your home, so it may be a good time to catch a movie or take a walk – especially if you have small children or easily startled animals.

5. Clean-Up

New roof installations can stir up plenty of dust, so cleanup will always be part of the deal. Workers use a magnetic rake to clean up the yard and driveway, clearing the area of nails and metal debris.

And of course, if you run into any issues before, during, or after the installation, your vendor is a phone call away! Excellent customer service matters to us here at The Home Doctor, so don’t be afraid to give us a shout out if you’d like to discuss any project.

White and red house in autumn.

Get Your Home Ready for Fall in 4 Easy Steps

Love it or hate it, Indian summers here in the DMV come with a big benefit for homeowners – a little extra time to get your home ready for fall before the inevitable cool down. Besides piling up the firewood and stocking up on pumpkin spice, here are a few ways to beat the oncoming chill while the weather is still on your side.

1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

If you’re seeing dead leaves and pine needles around downspouts, it means the gutters are doing their job – siphoning water and debris away from the roof. It’s when gutters start to overfill that problems arise, as leaves sitting in wet piles can damage shingles over time. Keeping them in top shape is especially important as the weather starts to turn.Luckily this is an easy job to outsource if you’re not keen on climbing a ladder yourself. If you are looking to take on the task, be sure you have a stable ladder and a small hand-trowel. Start closer to a downspout, and gravity will help you out as you work your way back. This is also a great opportunity to check in on the gutters themselves – any flaking, cracking, or breaking is a good sign that you should consider scheduling a replacement.

2. Check Your Windows

A faulty window is essentially a chink in the armor of your home – which you’ve likely already seen firsthand if you’ve ever watched your heating bill rise at a steady clip through winter. Cracks and breaks between planes of glass are usually obvious, but it can be tougher to spot weak points n the frame and sill, and those tend to be the bigger culprits for letting hot air escape as soon as your heating system can generate it. Look for cold spots in the house and any places on window sills where wood may be peeling or breaking.

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3. Check Your Roof

You’ll need to climb the roof again for this step, so make sure you can do this safely! When you have a stable ladder and a good set of boots, look for cracks, loose shingles, and spots where flashing may be coming loose. A few missing shingles can often be repaired by hand, though be sure to check with an expert if you’re not sure.When do you know it’s time to consider a full replacement? If the patterns of water damager are more consistent than not, or if you’re seeing repetitive leaks inside.

4. Check Weatherstripping Around Exterior Doors

If you’ve ever lived through a winter storm with a faulty door, you probably already know that it’s best to get ahead of the problem before punishing weather makes it an absolute necessity. Cold spots by doors are one obvious sign, but an increase in exterior noise or a consistently sticky frame can also indicate an ongoing problem.

If your exteriors need a little more TLC than you can manage on your own, we’re here to help! Give us a call for a free estimate on roof, gutter, window, or door replacements. Our quotes are always good for a full calendar year. Your toes will thank you come winter!