Roof Replacement - What To Expect

Replacing the roof on your home or business is possibly one of the largest property improvements you'll encounter in terms of both scope and cost. Replacement will vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including roofing measurements, removal of existing roof, and application of new materials (e.g., shingles, tile, metal or foam). 

Your choice of material will also depend on several factors:

  • How much weight your roof is designed to hold
  • The pitch or steepness of your roof
  • The amount of area to be covered

If your property was damaged by an unforeseen event (e.g., wind, hail, fire etc.), you will probably be working with your insurance company. Your first step will be to call the insurance adjuster to view the damage. Then contact several professional roofers to provide you with an estimate on the cost of replacement. Submit estimates to the adjuster and see what your insurance company will agree to pay for. In general, the settlement from your insurance company should be pretty close to the estimates.

The replacement process can take as little as 3 - 4 days (depending on roof size and materials selected) and includes the following steps:

  • Removing all existing roofing materials.
  • Making minor repairs on roof if in good condition. If not, replacing bad materials such as the decking, joists, rafters, etc. (Extensive damage can extend the time it takes to complete the replacement).
  • Applying waterproof membrane.
  • Applying selected roofing material (e.g., tile, shingles, foam etc.).
  • Applying flashing around any roof penetrations —chimneys, stack vents, HVAC units, skylights, etc.
  • Adding gutter material as needed.
  • Installing the vents to allow your roof to breathe.

If you have concerns about your roof and think you may need a complete replacement, call the experts at Roofing Southwest. With 40 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, our experts have seen it all. One of the largest and most successful roofing contractors in the Southwest, Roofing Southwest has expanded its commercial and multi-housing division throughout the Southwestern U.S., including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. 

"We have a 100% satisfaction rating on all our projects. We understand that it is better to do the job right the first time because it costs us less and builds immeasurable goodwill. We make this commitment to you up-front and you can hold us to it."


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