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What to Expect After Your Roof Replacement

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Whether it’s because of a natural disaster, severe weather, or just ordinary wear and tear, your roof will eventually need to be replaced.

Roof replacement projects are not unlike kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects. Contractors will always follow a well-defined timeline to get the job done with as little disturbance to your daily routine and schedule. This includes all of the steps taken after your replacement to finish the project and leave you with a job well-done.

On average, we work on almost 1,000 roofs per year. We’ve found that one of the most frequent questions our homeowners ask is what to expect after their roof replacement is complete. Since our customer’s satisfaction is our absolute goal, I’m going to answer that question. 

Just because your roofer has laid down the last shingle doesn’t mean your replacement is finished. After your replacement, there are five steps you and your roofer will take to finalize the project. Keep reading to learn those five steps and how they help to finish up a successful replacement.

1. Clean-Up

A new roof is a big project. Even after the roof is complete, your journey is not over. The final part of the process is clean-up, and it’s a crucial step. It’s common for the area around your home to be covered with flashing, felt, shingles, nails, and other roofing debris. You'll want to partner with a roofing company that will handle the clean-up process with care.

Here are a few things that you should expect from a company when they clean up after a roofing job:

  • After Installation- After installation, your installation crew will use a powerful backpack blower to clear your roof of any debris or leftover traveler granules that might have come off the shingles during your replacement.

To remove loose debris and nails, your gutters and window seals will either be cleaned by hand or with a leaf blower. However, it is possible that a nail could be missed, particularly if it goes unnoticed or down a downspout that hasn’t been cleared during cleanup. We always advise homeowners to keep an eye on downspout areas the first few times it rains to assure that any stray nails don’t end up in their driveway.

  • Post-Inspection- The last step of a roof replacement is post-inspection; this is when your contractor will inspect your yard and landscaping to look for any debris that was missed during the initial clean-up process. 

Your roofer will take several steps to assure your yard and driveway are free of loose nails. After the final cleanup, they’ll sweep your property with two different magnets to remove loose nails. A small, handheld magnet is used around shrubbery and flower bed areas. A larger, roller magnet on wheels is run completely around the perimeter of your home to make sure the yard is free of stray nails.

silver roller magnet picking up stray nails out of grass

To make this search as quick and easy as possible, it’s helpful to cut your grass short before your replacement begins. If you have a sprinkler system, you should also turn it off at least two days before your replacement to prevent your yard from getting mushy. 

Read this article to learn more about how your property is cleaned up after a roof replacement.

2. Final Inspection

The project manager will perform a full inspection once your replacement is complete. They’ll check to make sure your roof was installed properly and that everything agreed upon in your contract has been finished and meets your approval.

Here are some things you can expect to happen during your final inspection:

  • Your driveway will be blown to remove any lingering debris.
  • Your gutters will be checked for nails or leftover trash.
  • The project manager will make sure the shingles on the gable line are straight.
  • If drip edge is installed on the gable line, they’ll also make sure it’s straight.
  • They’ll make sure to clean any siding that has been marked by shingles.
  • They’ll answer any remaining questions you might have about your replacement.

Keep in mind, your final inspection could happen a couple of days after the roof is installed.

3. Final Payments

You and your roofer should outline payment details and project timelines in your contract to keep everyone on the same page.

Typically, a roofing contractor will ask for a deposit of 10 to 30% of the project total prior to starting work to cover the upfront cost for materials, payroll, and equipment as needed. If you weren’t asked for a deposit, be prepared to pay for your replacement after the final inspection.

Once the roof installation is complete, you should check your roofer’s work before giving them the final payment. If the job has been done properly, there should be no materials left lying on the roof or on your property. The shingles should be evenly spaced and the roofline ruler-straight. The vents and flashing should look shiny and new. Last but not least, there should be no damage to your home or your yard.

4. Registering Your Warranties

While generally not required by the manufacturer, we strongly recommend registering your roof warranty for manufacturer’s defects and wind after your replacement. If you don’t register your roof and lose your final invoice and/or contract showing the date and type of shingle that was installed, then any future claims with the manufacturer will likely be denied.

On the other hand, enhanced warranties generally require registration. However, your certified roofing contractor should be the one to register them. In case you purchased an enhanced warranty from a certified contractor and haven’t received a copy of your warranty and registration 60 days after the installation, contact the manufacturer.

The links below for three major shingle manufacturers will redirect you to the warranty page for that supplier. Simply click on the appropriate link and follow the instructions.

For GAF:

  • Click on the above link
  • Fill in the form and click submit

For CertainTeed:

  • Click on the above link
  • Fill in the form and click submit

For Owens Corning:

  • Click on the above link
  • Fill in the form and click submit

Double-checking that the requirements have been met can help you avoid any headaches about non-registration if you have to file a warranty claim in the future. To learn more about roof warranties and how they can benefit your roof, read this article.

5. Continued Maintenance

After your replacement is complete, you’ll need to develop a roof maintenance routine to make sure your roof stays in top condition. Roof maintenance is the periodical checking of all the vulnerable areas on your roof that could be susceptible to damage. It is a critical step in preventing roof problems and keeping your home safe.

Maintenance tasks like cleaning your gutters, trimming your trees, and inspecting your attic for signs of water damage should be performed twice a year. It’s important to keep the roof clean of leaves, pine straw, and other debris because they can impede water flow and cause leaks, which are not covered under warranty. If you feel comfortable on a ladder and your home is less than two stories tall, you can actually perform these tasks on your own.

man using small shovel to remove leaves from his gutters

However, if you can’t maintain your roof on your own, you can always hire a professional to help you. Read this article to learn more self-maintenance tips you can use to keep your roof in good working conditions for years to come.

Even with a regular maintenance routine, it’s a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected at least once every two years. This will allow your contractor to catch any hidden issues you might’ve missed during your maintenance routine, helping to ensure a safe roof over your head. 

A professional will look for curling/blistering shingles, popped nails, cracked caulking, damaged flashing, and more to help you prevent further roof damage. Read this article to discover how a professional roofer can benefit your maintenance routine.

So, What Else Should You Know?

While every roofer may have different final steps for finishing up your replacement, they’re all designed to ensure that your new roof is left in better condition than before their work began. You should feel confident in your roofers’ ability to give you a job well done both during and after your replacement. If you don’t, it may be time to reconsider your contractor.

One of the best ways to ensure high-quality roofing service is to hire a seasoned contractor. With years of experience helping homeowners just like you, their methods have been fine-tuned to leave customers fully satisfied with their replacement after the job is done. 

We know a little something about experienced roofing contractors because we are experienced roofing contractors. For the past 30 years, we’ve helped homeowners get the high-quality roofing service they’ve been looking for. If you live in Raleigh and need help with your roof repair or replacement, don’t hesitate to fill out the form below. We'd be happy to help.

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