Your Guide to New Roof Installation

Straight from the Experts; Better than a Wiki.

We all understand the importance of a solid roof, the proverbial protector, insulator and crownpiece of your home or business.

Unfortunately, roofs don’t last forever. When your silent protector reaches the end of its lifespan, what are you to do? You need to know how to recognize the signs of an aging roof, the types of new roofs available, and what to expect during installation.

Signs of Wear and Damage

The more aware you are of your roof’s condition, the sooner you’ll catch when it starts to fail. When you address wear quickly enough, you can avoid costly repairs caused by damage from things like water seeping through weak points and causing rot.

Signs of a weakened roof are sometimes hard to spot, but some visual cues can often include:

  • Buckling, curling, or otherwise warped shingles
  • Granules from shingles littering the ground or inside of your gutters
  • Sagging, warping, rolling or depressed areas;
  • Or water damage in your walls or ceilings

It’s also a good idea to check over your gutters and flashing to ensure they are solid and keeping out water runoff.

Types of Roofs

While many individuals opt for traditional asphalt tiles, others choose to take advantage of the project to switch things up or explore alternative options. Whether you’re looking for improved aesthetics or a more durable material, Johnson Exteriors has plenty of options for you to choose from.

While we’ll break down the basics here, our expert roofers can talk you through more details and help you decide which material would work best for your home, business, budget and objectives.

  • Asphalt and Asphalt Fiberglass Shingles

    • Low cost
    • Easy repair
    • Readily accessible
  • Composite Roofing

    • Mimics tile without the cost
    • Highly durable
    • Low-maintenance
  • Faux Slate

    • Recycled rubber
    • Mimics slate with easy install and low cost
    • Stylish and durable
  • Green

    • Eco-friendly
    • Thermal insulation, water absorption, plant growth
    • Expensive, will not work for all buildings
  • Metal

    • Light and durable
    • Easy to repair
    • Increases resale value
  • Modified Bitumen

    • Intertwined, reinforcing fabrics
    • Flexible installation
    • Especially weather resistant
  • Slate

    • Fireproof
    • Low-maintenance
    • Recyclable
  • Tiles

    • Clay, concrete, or fiber cement
    • Fire and pest resistant
    • Great insulators
  • Wood Shingles or Shakes

    • Natural look
    • Fire and pest resistant
    • Made from naturally felled trees

The Installation Process

Timeline and process can vary slightly pending material and roof size, but a standard timeline looks like this:

  1. Our team arrives; sometimes they will have the materials with them, other times it will be delivered ahead of time.
  2. We lay down tarps and other materials to protect your walls and landscaping.
  3. We carefully deconstruct the current roof. (Some shingles can lay over pre-existing roofs. Our experts will help you decide.)
  4. Our team inspects your roof decking to find any hidden damage. We’ll let you know what we find and if any additional steps are needed.
  5. Next comes the underlay installation. Drip edges, roof felt, water shielding, or anything else that must go under your chosen material for protection.
  6. On comes the new roofing material. This stage varies based on which material you chose.
  7. We install the finishing touches, from flashing to ridge vents and caps.
  8. The last step: our team will clean up the job site and perform a final inspection.
  9. You’re all done! Enjoy your new roof.

Roofing with Johnson Exteriors

For all your roofing needs, you can trust in Johnson Exteriors. Our highly trained professionals will help you through every step of the process, from choosing the right roof to knowing how to prepare for install. Call us today to discuss your roof!