The Roof Replacement Timeline and What You Can Expect

June 6, 2022

The Roof Replacement Timeline: What To
Expect During Your Seattle Remodel

What You Can Expect During Every Step Of
Your Roof Replacement

Having your Seattle roof replaced can be a daunting experience. With all the noise and mess, you might feel like it’s never going to end. Knowing what to expect each step of the way as well as what work should be completed during each step, will make the experience much easier to bear.

While there is no exact timetable for a roof replacement because circumstances vary, this roof replacement timeline can help make things a lot clearer for you.

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The Inspection

The first step of any roof replacement is a detailed inspection conducted by the contractor. They will be looking for any dangers like asbestos and lead paint contamination. Next, they will check for fire damage and signs of mold and water damage. And flashing failures, ventilation defects, etc. And leaks!

This process typically takes one day to complete. Any issues that come up during the inspection may delay the overall timeline of the project. Your roof replacement will begin as soon you choose your solution and get on the schedule.

Scheduling of your Roof Replacement

Once the office receives your paperwork and deposit/financing agreement you will be put on the installation schedule. Consider this date flexible and tentative, because things can shift as time goes along. For example, the weather! Supply chain issues! A pandemic!

Usually though, things go pretty well according to plan. The office will update you of any known schedule changes right up until we commence your project.

Arrival Of Material

One to two days before the installation actually starts, some staging material may be delivered to your home. You’ll want to plan on having your driveway clear and park on the street so you don’t get boxed in for the day the work starts. Nails, debris and other safety hazards are a normal part of the process. It’s better if you don’t try to drive or walk over areas we haven’t been able to clean up yet.

Removal Of The Old Roof

This step can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on how large your roof is, how many crew members are on the job, how efficient the crew is, what the weather will be, and how many layers must be removed.

This process is typically completed in two stages. The crew will start at one end of the roof and move toward the other, removing as much as they can easily reach. Next, they will come back through to remove any missed sections.

Underlayment Installation

From tear-off to underlayment is typically done in the first day or two of most projects. In addition, flashing will be installed at this stage to ensure a leak-free roof. Flashing covers the seams between chimneys, walls, valleys, and other areas that are prone to leaking. It provides an airtight seal that protects your roof from water damage. Underlayment protects the home from rain if it occurs before the final roof is put on. Think of it as temporary protection while the men are working.

Installing The New Roof

How long it takes to install the new roof depends on the type of material you selected. Asphalt shingles are installed from one end of the roof to the other in an overlapping manner. Metal roofs, on the other hand, take considerably more time because every detail is quite literally hand crafted. Typically the roof of a home is finished within a couple days to a week for most projects.

Trims And Vents

Once the roof is installed, you’ll need to think about the trim, what kind of vents you want, and if you want to add fascias. You might consider changing out your trim to match your new roof and increase the curb appeal of your home.

We’ll need to make sure you have the right number of vents on your roof to allow for Proper Ventilation.

Fascias are a great cosmetic addition to a roof. They will cover any gap between the siding and the roof, creating a seamless appearance. They also provide a solid backing for the rain gutter, allowing proper slope and drainage while still looking good. Fascia also allows for enclosing the soffit with something more finished, like Hardie soffit or tongue & groove shiplap.

The Cleanup

Cleanup should take, on average, a few couple hours on the last day. The contractor will remove any debris that has accumulated, including nails, staples, and other dangerous items. The port-a-potty should get hauled away too!

Expert Roof Replacement Services

Here at RoofSmart, we’re an operation that is run by the industry’s outliers. This has helped us shape the way we work.

We can take care of your roof replacement with our team of experts who will make sure your project is completed efficiently and professionally. We’ll provide you with the support you expect from a roofing company but don’t always receive. Our goal is to do a fanatical, meticulous job for you.

Take advantage of our free inspections. We’ll send one of our experts over to check out your roof. We make it our priority to make sure you have a safe, sound, and secure roof over your head.

Call Us Today

Contact us today at (206) 487-4877 to schedule your free inspection. If you’ve got questions about the timeline for your Seattle roof replacement, we’ve got the answers. Sit back, relax, and let a professional take care of all your roofing needs.

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