08 Apr What Is Involved In Getting A New Roof In South Carolina
Understanding The Roof Replacement Process
No matter how long you’ve been in your home, eventually you will need to get a new roof. When faced with such a big home improvement project, it can be somewhat confusing and time consuming to figure out the basics. By understanding the basic roofing process, it will help you to know what to expect, and how to tell the differences between roofing quotes. Once you understand all the steps involved, you will be a more informed consumer.
If your roof is starting to show signs of age or has begun to leak, it’s time to prepare for a replacement roof. If you need help choosing a good roofing contractor, you can read our guide (How To Pick The Best Roofing Contractor.)
Today we are going to talk about the re-roofing process. First, we want to clarify that often the terms “re-roof” and “roof replacement” are incorrectly used. A “re-roof” is an old and typical corner cutting process of putting a new layer of shingles over a failing roof. This is NOT recommended in warmer climates like South Carolina.
Putting new shingles over a failing or poor existing roof is just asking for trouble. One reason is the old roof underneath acts as a reflective heat barrier and can damage the new shingles and cause them to fail long before their warranty. Again, we will go into detail regarding new roof vs. re-roof later. Today, we want to focus on what exactly is involved in getting a new roof here in South Carolina.
How do I prepare for a new roof? What should I expect during the roofing process?
When the time comes for a new roof, these are two questions that you will want to have the answer to. Getting a new roof is a large investment and you want to be sure that you are prepared. If you have never experienced the roofing process before, then here is a simple guide to know what to expect when getting a new roof.
There are also several tips below that will help you compare roofing estimates. Take note about getting proper permits and clean-up. These are two points that separate a poor experience and a great experience when replacing your roof.
Believe us, you don’t want to have to go to the County offices to get a permit on your own or be responsible for picking up nails after the project!
Let’s start with the general process of getting a new roof. Below is a numbered list of 10 “steps” which must be taken in order to complete the roof replacement process.
Arrange: Make an appointment with a roofing contractor.
Inspection: The roofing contractor will evaluate the needs of the job and discuss your needs/wants with you.
Estimate: You will receive an estimate stating the work to be done and the FINAL cost of the work to be completed. You may want to receive several estimates before you decide which company you would like to hire for the job.
Approval: Before any work is performed, you must approve the estimate and discuss any further questions or concerns you may have regarding the work.
Color selection: This is your opportunity to select the color or style you want and then schedule a day and time for the work to be completed.
Removal of old roof: Workers will arrive and remove ALL existing roofing materials and prepare for the new roof to be put on.
Inspection of wood beneath old roof: To ensure that the roofing foundation is solid, a thorough inspection of the wood is performed. Any wood that needs replacing is changed out during this step.
Installation of new roof: A new roof is installed, complete with high quality roofing materials and good workmanship.
Cleanup: Your property is returned to the state it was previously in, except even better with the addition of a brand new roof.
Followup: If you have additional questions or concerns following, never hesitate to call and ask.
Understanding Roofing Costs
There are many factors that go into the cost of replacing a roof in South Carolina. One of the biggest of these is the choice of roofing material, from relatively inexpensive (as roofing goes) asphalt shingles to the more expensive metal and slate options. Then, the square footage and slope of your roof plays another vital role in figuring out costs. The slope or pitch of your roof determines how difficult it will be to install the roof and if additional equipment will be needed.
In many regions of the U.S. the roofing season runs from late spring through early fall. Here in the Southeast, seasonality is less of an issue, even with the heat of summer, but spring and fall are usually busier as people clean up from winter storms in spring, or prepare for the next winter season by getting roof repairs and replacements done in the fall.
Thankfully, because of our climate a roof can be installed almost year-round in South Carolina. Only the most northern part of the state is affected by cold and snow which could delay a new roof.
Should additional work be required, you as the homeowner will be notified and your approval will be sought before any additional work is done. You also have the right to request before and after pictures, if you desire them. This can give you a clear visual of the work that was done on your home.
The 10 steps above have outlined the major points of the roof replacement process. As a homeowner, it is essential that you protect your home and provide it with the necessary updates and upkeep that it needs. While this process and can be both costly and difficult to manage at times, getting a new roof doesn’t have to be. At BB Roofing, our goal is to make the entire re-roofing process go as seamlessly as possible. We strive to make re-roofing a good experience for both you and your home.