What to Expect When Re-Roofing Your Home


The roof of your home is of primary importance in protecting it from the elements. When re-roofing becomes necessary there are many things to consider.

The following list will help you understand what to expect during the re-roofing process.

● Any construction project can cause stress for certain family members such as pets, children or seniors. This should be considered before the project begins and appropriate provisions should be made.
● Typically, large trucks will deliver materials. Driveways and walkways should be cleared to make way
for deliveries. Materials will typically be stored on your roof, your driveway, or around the perimeter
of your home temporarily through the project. You may want to discuss your preferences about this
with your contractor.
● Job length can vary from 1 day to several weeks, depending on complexity of the roofing job, and
material type being installed.
● Rain gutters do not have to be removed in most cases, unless new rain gutters are being installed as
part of your roof package.
● During re-roofing, debris may fall from above, electric cords, tools, ladders, and materials will likely
surround your home. The tear off and re-roof process can be messy and loud at times.
● It is not necessary to be at home during the re-roofing process, but it is a good idea to be available by
phone as unexpected things come up that your contractor may need to consult with you about.
Sometimes, once the existing roofing materials are torn off, needed repairs that were not visible and
therefore not contracted for, are necessary such as the replacement of sheathing or other structural
issues due to dry rot or water damage. It is typical to run into unforeseen roof repairs, but good
communication between the contractor and the homeowner are invaluable to the successful outcome
of the project.
● Your contractor may need access to power outlets. If you are not planning to be at home it will be
helpful to orient your contractor to the location of your breaker box in case of a tripped circuit breaker
or other similar issue.
● The re-roofing process can cause vibration down to the foundation of your home. So, it is
recommended that the homeowner takes precautions to protect any fragile items such as collectibles
or pictures by removing them from shelves or walls, to prevent damage.
● Some debris may fall into your attic. Debris or dust may also enter the interior of your home through
skylights or tongue and groove ceilings. It is recommended that you cover the areas below as well as
storage areas, such as attics, where personal belongings are stored with tarps or drop clothes.
● Cathedral or vaulted ceiling areas can experience “nail pops” ( a sheetrock nail which back out and
causes a hole in the interior finish) from the tear off and re-roofing process. This is unavoidable.
Usually these repairs are the responsibility of the homeowner.
● Upon completion of your roofing project your contractor should do a thorough cleanup of your lawn,
driveway and walkways. A large magnet will typically be used to collect nails and metal debris, it is
virtually impossible to guarantee the collection of every nail, so be cautious and don’t hesitate to call
your contractor for a return trip with the magnet if necessary.
● New roofing will form to the surface to which it is installed. If the roof structure is uneven, or has sags,
or rises, the shingles will not hide these areas. If these areas pose a structural problem, your
contractor can address this and present repair options. After the initial install, some shingles will
appear raised, not sitting as flat, this is due to the storage and shipping of the product and will flatten
out as the sun warms the roof, and the product has time to lay down.
● You may experience a rainy day or two during the course of your re-roofing project, it is not prudent to
do some phases of a re-roofing project if it is raining. However, some phases of roofing can continue
in the rain. Depending on the severity of the weather conditions safety can become a factor and so
work may cease for a period of time to allow for improvement of conditions. Tarps may be installed
over your roof temporarily as a precaution; weather can create a slower process and may affect
scheduling, so allow for possible delays in the completion of your project. Remember, re-roofing your
home is major construction, but a reputable contractor will take necessary precautions to keep your
home and family safe and dry.
● Upon completion of your re-roofing project, you should receive an invoice. Final payment is typically
due upon completion. Warranty and any other pertinent information will typically be available for you
at the end of the job once payment has been recieved.


Emily Thompson

I am a construction and renovation maven with over 15 years of experience in the roofing and home exteriors industry. As a licensed contractor, I specialize in sustainable building practices, energy efficiency, and helping homeowners make informed decisions. I hold a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural Design. My commitment lies in empowering homeowners through education, and I enjoy sharing my insights via blogging.

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