If you are building a house, outdoor office, garden shed, or even tiny home, one aspect of the build will be the roof. You will likely have a professional roofing contractor step in to install the roof of your choice. In many cases, property owners do not know what to expect when it comes to a residential roofing installation. Here are a few of the steps and what you should know about each one before the installation begins.
The first step you may notice in the installation process is waterproofing. This is done when the main foundation for the roof is already in place, but the shingles and other portions of the roof are not. The waterproofing can include the waterproof roofing membrane as well as any flashing and underlayment. This step ensures that if you do have a shingle that becomes loose or damaged, there is another layer of protection between the shingles and the roof foundation before leaking and water damage occurs.
Regardless of the type of shingles you choose, a form of adhesive will be necessary. The adhesive can be placed in small sections or over the entire roof if the roof square footage is small enough. The adhesive is generally not a quick dry option and allows the roofers to place the shingles carefully to ensure they are secure and that there are no gaps between the other shingles. The placed shingles will need to remain untouched for at least a day and possible longer depending on the adhesive and the shingles. Your contractor can give you accurate time frames before the installation beings so you can prepare for this curing period of the adhesive.
Placing the Shingles
Once the underlayment, waterproofing, flashing, and adhesive are in place, the contractor will then install the shingles. This process varies depending on the type of shingle you choose. For example, the placement of asphalt shingles is vastly different from the placement of a metal shingle or tile shingle. This step in the process may be the longest step of the roofing installation.
If you are concerned about any aspect of the roofing installation, contact your contractor. They can discuss the process that deals with your specific roofing choice. They can also help you determine if there are any changes that should be made or if there is anything that needs to be upgraded before the installation begins.