6 Things to Expect When Having Your Roof Replaced

How many building owners walk into their roof replacements blindly and open a can of worms that throws cost and schedule overboard?

There is a lot to consider for in planning a roofing or building envelope project. Cost, return on investment, intended outcome, schedule…

But who likes surprises? In reality, project surprises and interruptions can happen. When they happen, they cost time and money. A competent project management company should address these challenges well in advance to the project getting underway.

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Here are 6 critical things to be aware of:

1. Costly Surprises

Just because you get a comprehensive quote with a nice rounded number at the bottom doesn’t mean that will be your final number. The problem with existing buildings is that there can be a lot of unknowns that you need to know about. What if your roofer carried to remove your existing roof, but once you get into the project, you realize your building has two roofs? What about if the project exposes rusted deck or rotten wood that can’t just be left? What about if the parapets need to be extended to meet code? Ask your roofer about these some of these surprises well in advance to avoid getting stung with costly surprises once into the project.

2. Noise, and more noise

Construction is noisy. Loud equipment and material movement can really vibrate through the entire building. Talk to your roofer about how this can be minimized – hours of high-noise/vibration work and installation methodology can help overcome this sensitive issue.

3. Safety and construction zone

Your roofer may need to set up fencing, scaffolding, guardrails and other barriers to protect the workers and the public. This can sometimes be disruptive and discouraging for business. Utilize fencing and guardrails for marketing purposes to help counter-balance this.

4. Rain delays

Like many forms of construction, but particularly roofing, cannot be performed in the rain. Water will not only get into the building but damage exposed roof system as well. It’s good to be aware of this once your project is underway.

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5. What’s that smell?

Some materials such as hot asphalt can be very smelly during installation. Set-up of hot asphalt kettles and roof vents should be monitored to avoid smell infiltration into the building. Remember that this smell will go away once the project is complete.

6. Stages of the project

It’s highly recommended for your project to look at in stages.

  • You should have a preconstruction meeting with your roofer to understand and agree on how they will set-up the site.
  • There will then be the demolition and removal of the existing roof system which can be very noisy and disruptive.
  • There will then be the installation of the new roof system which can be very smelly if hot asphalt is used in the roof composition.
  • There will then be installation of metal flashings once the entire roof has been completed. Watch your roofer on this – some really drag their heels.
  • Lastly, the entire site should be demobilized and thoroughly cleaned to leave the premises as it was before construction.

These six tips will help you walk into your roofing project more informed.