Longmont Roofing: Article About Preparing For A Diy Roof Installation
While most local homeowners prefer to have their roofing done by professional Longmont roofing contractors, there are some adventurous souls who prefer to tackle roofing their home on their own. If you are one of those homeowners, you should know that you are in for a big job. However, it is one that you can do effectively if you follow some simple rules in preparing your roof.
The first step that you should take is to prepare the area that you are going to be working in. You want your area to be clean and organized. Use safety tape or rope to prevent children and pets from entering into your work area. Verify that there are no trip hazards or dangers in the area. This would include identifying any power lines or dangerous roof access areas that could lessen the safety of your work area.
Cover any plants or shrubs that you have around your home with a tarp. This will prevent damage from falling debris. Additionally, any vehicles that are parked around the home, or in driveways, should be moved to a safe distance away to avoid damage from falling items.
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If you have a pool on your property, cover it up even if it is some distance away from the roof that you are going to work on. Often times, the wind will blow debris into uncovered swimming pools.
Next comes what is undoubtedly the most important part of roofing: preparing the roof deck, or the surface that is underneath the shingles. After removing the old roof, take time to thoroughly clean the deck. During the cleaning process, look for any problem areas on the decking that may need to be fixed during the roof repair process. Look for areas where the wood has rotted or where boards have cracked. It is recommended that prior to doing a do-it-yourself roof tear off, you consult safety resources available online.
Next comes the time to install high-quality roof deck protection. This deck protection serves as a foundation on which the rest of the roof is going to be built. After that comes installing the leak barrier.
The installation of starter shingles is the next step in installing your own roof. Many do-it-yourselfers improperly install this part of the roof, and they later have problems with wind along the edges of the roof.
Once these initial steps have been completed, it's time to install the shingles, layout the valleys, install flashing and install ridge vents. All of these aspects of the job will be easier to do if the prep work is done correctly.