The good news is, it’s a little bit easier to get a roofing company to sign up for your roof replacement project just after the summer. That’s because most roofing companies in the Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond areas are often jam-packed for the summer months, when children are out of school, the weather is very suitable for roof replacement work, and to a degree, some families like to get a roof job done when they are out of town. To the roofing companies, too, it’s easier when they know there will be no one other than the roofing crew on the property, so they don’t have to worry as much about stray, non-crew people wandering around the house. It’s safer.
The ideal weather for replacing a roof in the Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond area
September and October can be ideal months to replace a roof for a number of reasons.
The weather is cool enough so that the roofing crew is not baked alive in the summer sun, yet often dry enough to get the job done without a soaking or freezing from the weather. Still, there’s a bit of a risk there, with autumn weather you can’t always know you’ll get decent enough weather. September is probably a safer bet than October, since by the latter, you are already running close to the Puget Sound’s rainy season. (Although many non Seattle natives will claim we have a twelve-month rainy season).
Roofing companies might be a little less busy, thereby opening the opportunity to fit your roofing project into their schedule. Still, it is always best to plan ahead. Roofers, like many other such trade companies, like to plan well ahead, if for no other reason but to staff up well in advance of the project. Many roofing companies (and painting, flooring, siding and others) sometimes turn business away for the simple reason, they don’t have the staff lined up.
The fall can be considered the shoulder season for roofing companies. If you both plan ahead with them – well ahead – and be flexible with them around who else they might have on their schedule, you might get a discount or other break on the project. Any such service company will appreciate your flexibility if it helps them with a new project that comes their way, but means your roof replacement job is delayed by a week.
How long does it take to replace the roof
A typical roof in say the Kirkland, Bellevue or Redmond are can be replaced in as little as two days, but that would require a lot of crew working at the same time. It’s actually easier for your roofing company if they can stretch the job over most of a week. This allows them to do the project in more discrete stages, without the risk of one stage (e.g. the removal of the old shakes) with the preparation work for the new shakes to go on your house. It also provides flexibility around responding to unexpected problems, such as when a structural problem is discovered, and it has to be repaired mid-project. In such cases, a smaller team can continue working on other areas of the roof while a spot-team is called in to make the repair, without slowing down the project.
A roof replacement project is done in distinct stages
If you’ve ever watched a neighbor’s roof being replaced, you’ll see that it’s done in roughly three stages. The first stage is to remove all of the old, fatigues materials and to get those completely out of the way, preferably, before any of the new materials arrive. In some cases, there is hardly enough room to have both the old and the new on the same driveway. The extra time in a week gives the crew enough time between stages to get one stage cleared up before the next stage begins.
The next stage is to take a close look at the condition of the roof’s infrastructure before any of the new materials are put on. Usually, you’re looking at plywood covering the rafters which, in turn, are that part of the house that supports all of the new roofing material that’s about to be added. This is when a close inspection can turn up sometimes small problems but, if properly addressed, will allow the roofer to preempt much bigger problems down the road. For instance, if there is even slight water damage visible, it might be a sign that structural damage awaits discovery underneath it. A professional roofer will want to remove the damaged material, repair any structural damage as well, and give you a complete insight into the problem. Often, it’s the smaller leaks that, in the long run, do the most damage because you never see the problem quickly. A ‘bigger’ problem – such as a major leak – can often show up quickly, and in an obvious way. That gives you the chance to fix it quickly, before the damage goes beyond a mere water problem.
When the prepared roof is all set – and hopefully you did not have to repair anything – a new layer (or layers) of waterproof sheeting goes over the plywood. I’m oversimplifying here a bit of course, but it’s important to understand that this waterproofing is not simply nailed to the plywood. Using the right equipment the right way will mean that you don’t actually create leaks by simply hammering in nails through the sheeting. Again, a professional and experienced roofing company know how this works, and if properly done, will keep the roof waterproof for a long time to come.
The best way to safe on a roof it to keep it well maintained
No matter how well a roof is installed, it’s a good investment to get it inspected every two or three years. A big windstorm passing through may damage it in a way you didn’t expect, and it doesn’t take much for a roofing company to give your roof a once over. If there are no problems, great!
The other type of maintenance is cleaning. Although less common now, real wood shake roofs do need to be cleaned every so often. The best time to do this is at the hottest time of the year. This allows you to get it power-washed, but with a short drying time. Another day or two in the baking summer sun will make sure your roof is bone dry again, and looking nice and clean, too! At that point, you can treat it again with a fresh coat of protectant. This will hep the roof stay waterproof and it will prolong the live of the shake materials!
Good much and I’ll be back next week!