Think about your home for a moment. Then, think about everything that Mother Nature throws its way, including all the wind, rain, hail, sleet and snow. What stands between your home and all those nasty weather elements? Your roof!
A typical residential roof in New Jersey represents quite a feat of engineering and design. As manufacturers continue to improve their roofing products, roofs and the roof replacement process improve.
Why are Roof Replacements Essential?
New Jersey homeowners invest in new roofs for three primary reasons:
- Aging of the existing roof
- Improper installation of the existing roof
- Severe storm damage
At some point, the elements take their toll. The Tri-state area is notorious for its extreme weather events, including hurricanes, blizzards, severe thunderstorms and heat waves. Shingles eventually grow brittle from long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Extreme winds break some shingles and tear others right off the roof. Repeated freeze-thaw cycles cause multiple problems. They create ice dams that may cause leaks. Tiny cracks in shingles expand from the force of water expanding as it turns to ice.
Fortunately, it doesn’t cost much to replace a few shingles here and there. In fact, minor repairs completed in a timely fashion can extend the service life of your roof, sometimes for years. However, at some point, repairs are no longer a cost-effective solution, and a new roof becomes the only appropriate option.
Sometimes, a premature roof replacement follows a shoddy installation by a previous roofer. Perhaps the contractor failed to install all roofing components in accordance with manufacturer specifications. Or, the roofer may have failed to replace softened or rotting sheathing before the installation.
Severe storm damage
New Jersey residents are all too aware of just how extreme the weather can get. Sometimes severe winds or falling trees damage a roof to such a degree that a full replacement is the only option. Although most homeowner policies cover such catastrophic damage, the amount paid by your insurer may vary depending on whether you had prorated coverage of full replacement coverage. Your agent can more fully explain the differences to you.
Timing: From Start to Finish
For many NJ homeowners, the start date and the end date of a roof replacement are the same. That’s right. A capable, highly organized roofing contractor with a good-sized crew frequently completes a roof replacement in just one day!
Understandably, larger, more complex roofs with steep pitches, multiple dormers and/or roof penetrations may take slightly longer.
The Roof Replacement Process
Most homeowners go through a roof replacement rarely, if at all. Therefore, it is understandable that some might be apprehensive about the process. They might wonder how long a roof replacement takes, or how disruptive the process might be. There might be concerns about debris scattered everywhere or roofing crews lingering for days and days.
Fortunately, with the right roofing contractor, there is no need to worry. When you ask, “How long does a roof replacement take?” the answer is often quite surprising. Many northern NJ residential roof replacements only require a single day!
Once you’ve selected a reputable local roofing contractor and scheduled the start date, the roof replacement process can be simple and straightforward.
- Homeowner and contractor confirm the choice of roofing materials
- Contractor obtains permits when required by local codes
- Debris container delivered a day or so in advance
- Ideally, homeowner moves outdoor items away from the roofline
- Product delivery – special equipment hoists shingles up to your roof
- The crew sets up tarps to protect bushes, flowers and other landscape elements
- Tear-off of existing roofing unless re-roofing is code-compliant
- Repairs to the roof deck as needed
- Apply underlayment and ice/water barrier
- Install shingles to manufacturer specs
- Ensure a water-resistant roof with proper flashing, caulking and seals
- Clean up the yard, deposit all debris in container
- Pick up debris container and haul old roofing to landfill or recycling facility
Once the new roof is in place, your roofing contractor should review the details of your warranty with you. This is also a good time to inquire about periodic roof inspections and roof maintenance. Regular inspections and maintenance keep your warranty in force, and they can increase the lifespan of your new roof.
Recommendations from a Certified Contractor are Ideal
It is ideal to get recommendations regarding your roof replacement from a factory-certified roofing contractor who regularly serves your area. Major roofing manufacturers run certification programs in which they specifically authorize a small percentage of roofing contractors to offer their very best warranties.
Certified roofing contractors must meet stringent customer service standards, and they must agree to continuing education and/or periodic recertification. Prominent factory certifications include GAF Master Elite and Owens Corning Preferred.
Contact CRS Today
CRS is proud to have served NJ homeowners since 1977. You may have seen our trucks in places like Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County. CRS is a GAF Master Elite Contractor and an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. With CRS, there’s no need to worry when you ask, “How long a roof replacement take?” We do complete many NJ residential roof replacements in a single day!
In addition to installing new roofs, we also provide certified roof inspections, routine maintenance, emergency repairs, insurance work and upgrades to ventilation and insulation.
We’d welcome the opportunity to earn your business. To arrange for a visit by our certified roof inspector, please contact us today.