What Happens During a Roof Replacement?

If you’re planning a roof replacement in the upcoming months when the warmer weather reaches us, now is the time to get some of those all-important details in place. While any type of roof work can be a daunting prospect, by choosing a reputable roofing installer, it makes the process as hassle-free as possible. Here are some elements to consider.

Why Replace Your Roof?

If you’re having lots of roofing issues, one of the first things to do is to have it assessed by a professional. They’ll try to identify the root cause of the problem and the solutions on offer. You may just need some simple roof repairs, which is often the case if it’s a tile missing, a small crack or some minor damage has occurred.

However, if your roof is older than 20 to 25 years or severely damaged, they could recommend a complete roof replacement. This is sometimes a more cost-effective alternative to repairs if the issues are likely to recur due to worn down roofing materials that are coming to the end of their lifespan.

Choosing a New Roof Material

If you’re looking to choose a new roof material, there are several factors to think about. This includes the type of roof you have (e.g. flat or pitched roofing), the functionality you want (e.g. better waterproofing, longer lifespan etc.) and the look of the material. While it’s always good to consider value for money options, if you plan to live for many more years in your home, investing in a high-quality option is better, especially if you don’t want to encounter any more problems. You could even use this as an opportunity to insulate your home better.

How Is a Roof Replaced?

Roof replacements involve several stages as each layer is carefully removed and upgraded. Be aware that scaffolding will often need erecting around the edge of your property to allow safe job completion.

If it’s a pitched roof, once your old roof has been removed from the top of the structure, the first step is placing new underlay on top of the timber rafters. This acts as another shield to protect your home from rainwater which could creep its way in through a broken tile or crack. Once the underlay is finished, battens are nailed in place to allow slates and tiles to be fixed to them accordingly, and these come in many shapes, colours and styles.

Flat roofing replacements are often a little different because tiles and slates aren’t used. The new roofing material is sometimes rolled out across the area or even applied as a liquid. There are lots of options to ensure modern flat roofs are seamless, helping them to remain waterproof over the years.

Need a new roof?

Contact Collier Roofing. We offer high-quality roofing solutions across London, Surrey and surrounding areas, including Hooley, Kingswood and Netherne-on-the-Hill. For a no-obligation chat and free quote, get in touch.