Handling a roofing project on your own can be overwhelming if you’re doing this type of installation for the first time. From finding the right roofing product to install, to obtaining the proper permit for your area and everything else that goes along with it, there’s simply a lot to consider.
Use this helpful introduction to roof installation to assist with the process:
- Start with some initial questions.
Before jumping into the installation, ask yourself a few questions, like: What types of roof do I want to install? Do I know what the local building codes and requirements are for this installation? Am I clear on what the manufacturer’s guide and what all the terminology means in the product manual? Once you’ve answered these basic questions with certainty, you’ll be best prepared for your installation.
- Meet the code.
Because a roof affects the envelope of a home, you’ll need to obtain the proper permit that is required for installation. See what local and state building codes are required for your area and ensure you know the right steps to take in order to meet them. Plus, your Home Owner's Association may have very specific roofing requirements in regard to color, style, and type - check before you buy.
- Select the right roofing product.
If you’ve yet to make a purchase, take the time to look into your options. Certain styles of roofing may appear nice in a store or online, but it might not actually be right for your home. Moreover, it’s important to find a credible brand, as well. Some quality choices are GAF and Owens Corning. And don’t forget: you’ll also need to look into underlayment to install as well.
- Get your toolbox ready.
Perhaps you already have some of the basics for this installation (i.e. a 30–40-foot ladder, safety glasses, a caulk gun, a nail gun/stapler, a utility knife, etc.). But it’s important that you make sure you have everything else listed in your manufacturer’s installation guide before getting started.
- Collect the proper materials.
Similar to the previous point, it’s essential to have all the proper materials needed, too. These materials can include things like a silicone caulk, sealant, a drip edge, roofing nails/staples, and more. This is a good time to refer to your guide for specific materials required for your roof.