Hail Storm Roof Restoration- Production Process (+Best Practices)
What You Should Know about Production Process during Hail Storm Roof Restoration (or any other project)- Ultimate Wind & Hail Damage Guide For Homeowners:
What to Expect
This is the final stage of the roof restoration project. Now that you have your first check in hand, a signed contract with a contractor (whether you hired a Qualified Local Contractor or not, it’s good to have an understanding of the best practices for your project), you have picked out your material and colors for your restoration project- it is now time to schedule your roof restoration work.
Note: Choosing the manufacturer for your roof, siding or gutters, as well as the style and color of these items is much more complicated than most people think. I will go into it in later articles.
The contractor will call you to schedule the start date and go over a pre-construction checklist of items to prepare you for the roof restoration work, which includes:
- Removal of breakables from the walls (there will be pounding on the roof during the removal and installation process; the vibration of the removal/installation of the shingles will depend on how well/poorly your home was built)
- Covering any stored items in the attic with plastic (because debris usually falls into the attic when shingles are removed regardless of how careful the contractor is).
Your contractor will order the materials, and they will be delivered to your home a few days before the roof restoration project starts. The contractor will be out to check the materials to make sure everything was delivered correctly.
The crew will show up usually early in the morning to properly stage the job with the right safety equipment. The crew will then start tearing off the roof and throwing it in their dump truck. They will inspect the roof deck to see if there is any damaged or rotten plywood; it is a good idea for you to be available during this time period in case they find bad decking or other items once they tear off the roof. After this you should be able to leave and trust your contractor to complete the job.
Tip: If you have any pets, I recommend that you remove them from the house for the day since it’s going to be very noisy and the noise sometimes may scare pets.
Roof Installation Process
Once the roof is removed, ice and water shield, underlayment, and drip edge will be installed onto the roof deck in their appropriate places. Then the shingle roof will be installed with the proper step, apron, pan, and counter flashing. New pipe boots and ridge vent will also be installed. These materials must be installed in a specific way according to the manufacturer specifications (including nails in the correct position).
If the roof, siding, or gutters are not installed exactly according to the manufacturer specifications, your warranty will be null and void. If you purchased the extended manufacturer warranty from an approved contractor, then the manufacturer will come out to the project and inspect the roof to insure that it was installed correctly. If you did not purchase the extended warranty, then do the best you can to ensure that all materials were installed to the manufacturer specifications.
Once the project is completed, the crew will do a complete cleanup and roll a nail magnet to make sure there are no loose nails left behind. Your contractor should have a Quality Assurance (QA) person inspect the job to make sure the roof restoration or replacement was done correctly.
Please note, if you didn’t hire a Qualified Local Contractor – some of these steps may not be completed.
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