I will go over some of the specifics about what all goes on during a roof replacement job here in Denver. The first thing that we do is that we come in and then we pull the building permit for you and then we post in the window. Second thing is that once we get that posted, then we’re going to deliver your shingles. Most of the roof shingles are going to be delivered to the roof top. If you have an older house where you don’t have a driveway or anything like that they will do what is called a ground shipment where they will lay a palette out there in your yard. And then the guys will come out there within a day or two and then they will take those up to the roof. It’s a lot harder work but it is what it is. So after we get all the materials loaded on your roof. Then at that point we are going to tear all of the old shingles off. We tear everything off. You’re not allowed to go over any shingles anymore like you could back in the old days. You could put on up to three layers of shingles back in those days. Today you can’t do that. You got to go right down to the decking. Now if you have an older home and you have skip sheathing where they’ve got boards at a certain width and spaced far apart, it’s usually got wood shake shingles on top of that – the older homes. When we tear those off we have to put new decking down. So we use the 7×16 inch OSB and 4×8 sheets of decking that we put down. In that way you have a nice solid surface to mount the shingles on. After we get that done, we’re going to put on the 15-pound felt with little orange nail caps instead of stapling it. That’s the most professional and luxurious way to put on the felt. Then after that around the rakes and also on your gutters, you’re going to have what’s called a drippage – an L-shaped piece of metal that comes in white, brown, black or silver. And that goes to the very edge where the facia board and the roofing meet. In some cities they require that on the rakes and gables and then others don’t. It all depends on your city code. After we get the drip metal put on for you, then we’re going to start coming in and checking in some of the flashing that you got. For example there’s headwall flashing or step flashing. Once we get all that replaced then we’re going to come in and start putting your shingles down.
Before the shingles go down though, we have to put starter strips along the edge. Starter strip is basically where your first starter shingle is nailed to. Once that’s set, the shingles are going to be put on and we’re going to use a six-nail pattern with each one of those shingles so that you get a 20-mile an hour better wind resistance with your shingles. And finally after that the different peripherals like pipe jacks, exhaust caps on the roof, turtle vents, furnace caps and things like that are going to be placed. And that’s how a roof replacement is done. If you have some questions or concerns about roofing in Denver, just email us and we’d be glad to help you.