Purchasing a home is as equally an exciting experience as it is sometimes overwhelming.

Learning how to maintain your house and the costs associated with doing so can drive you to find ways to save money when possible.

When it comes to renovations and remodeling, roof replacement and roof repair are at the top of the list of importance. Should you decide to go the DIY route or hire professional roofing contractors, there are some crucial concepts to understand and pertinent actions to take. Our guide will point you in the right direction to tackle your roofing project.

Tips for First-Timers

Follow these simple 7 roofing tips to make the process more manageable:

man working to replace roof shingles

Learn the Lingo

It’s critical to learn the standard roofing terms that you’ll need to know. It will help you when you go to purchase your roofing materials and with understanding how to install a new roof in general. Here are a few terms to get you started:

  • Shingles– the top visible layer of the roof (Asphalt is the most common material)
  • Decking– plywood foundation for the roof; you will attach the shingles to this surface. It is also called “sheathing”.
  • Underlay– the barrier that protects the roof from leaks; it is water-resistant and usually made from tar paper or felt paper.
  • Roof Vent– a small protrusion placed on the roof to allow heat to go out from the attic.
  • Flashing– a small strip made from metal that covers any gaps in the roofing structure. (Think base of the vents or the chimney)
  • One Square– roof surface measurement equal to 100 square feet
  • Drip Edge – is a metal flashing that is installed at the edges of the roof to help control the flow of water away from the fascia.
  • Asphalt Shingles – made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules.

Place Value Over Price

Of course, everyone wants to save money where they can, especially with home renovations as significant as a full roof replacement. While it’s understandable, it’s not necessarily a good idea.

You don’t want to get overcharged, but you do want to find fair prices for quality products. Be sure that you’ve purchased all of the necessary roofing materials you need, down to the correct number of nails.

Also, understand all of the additional costs, such as any inspections you need to have done beforehand by a professional, debris removal and disposal, a permit, and so on.

No Layovers

It is at all times a bad idea to apply new shingles over pre-existing shingles. This is called a roof layover. Any problems underneath the old shingles will continue to go unseen, and they will advance into more significant, more costly problems.

Additionally, it’s harder to find roof leaks with a layover, it makes your entire roof heavier than it should be, and it causes rapid deterioration of the shingles due to heat build-up. It also decreases the lifespan of your roof and ultimately costs you more money.

Once you finally get a new roof altogether, you’ll pay for double the labor and double the removal and disposal process since you’ll be working with two layers of shingles instead of one.

Get a Deck Inspection Before You Start

It is necessary to completely strip your old roof down to the foundation to see how the wood beneath looks. You must replace any cracked, broken, or rotten wood boards immediately. Additionally, you have to take the nails out of the roof deck to avoid punctures in the new shingles that you apply on top.

Get Together With Someone That Has Experience

Since this will be your first time doing any roofing installation work, it is a good idea to get a roofing contractor that’s done this multiple times successfully. They can advise you on the best and most efficient way to install the new shingle roof and ensure that you do the work correctly. If you try to do it alone and you do a poor job, it only leads to more money down the drain in the long run to repair the damage.

A weak sagging roof that experiences heavier snowfall is particularly susceptible to damage. Having a seasoned veteran or local contractor will help tremendously.

Proper Equipment

roof replacement equipment

You likely won’t have the equipment to work on your roof since you’ve never done it before. Decide whether you’re buying or renting some of the necessary tools, such as a roofing nailer. If you think this will be the only time you do a DIY roof installation, go with renting. However, if you’re interested in this kind of work on an ongoing basis, you may want to buy the equipment instead.

Measure Your Roof Dimensions Correctly

You have to measure the dimensions of your roof correctly. That probably seems like it goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how many first-time roofers make this mistake. Measuring the square footage incorrectly will lead to purchasing more roofing material than you need or running out of shingles prematurely.

Get Your FREE Roof Estimate.

If you find that taking on a DIY roof replacement project is unfeasible, Red Canyon is a professional roofing contractor that’s here to help! Contact us today to get your free estimate, and we’ll work with you to get started on your roofing job!