Client Case Study: See How Superior Roofing Consistently Implements Successful Roof Replacements
If you have any experience with home improvement, you know a re-roof is as intense as it gets. For this reason, our clients on Radcliffe knew their roof was at the end of its life, so they called us in to replace the entire system.
The Radcliffe residential roof replacement project in Northeast Bakersfield, CA, was slightly different from your standard re-roof. The reason is our client had a damaged patio attached to their roof and needed it repaired. Also, several roofing deck areas (also called sheathing) were rotted and needed to be replaced to bring it up to code.
The fact this re-roof in Bakersfield threw a curveball at us, it's nothing we haven't dealt with in the past. We were very confident we could get the roof replacement done with supreme craftsmanship and at a great price.
So today, we want to lay out the entire process of this roof replacement. It's nothing complicated and has the potential to help you through your roofing project venture.
It's no secret our clients were facing problems with their old roofing system, and we all knew it was on its last leg. The existing roof was at least 20 years old, and the entire system was out of date. For example, the roof valleys were worn out, shingles were curled, and we spotted daylight in several decking areas.
One thing is for sure, the roof wasn't ready for the winter, making it a liability to the entire home. Yes, our clients could have tried to repair certain areas, but that wouldn't last long. The only thing repairs would have accomplished is prolonged the inevitable.
Listen, roofing systems can easily slip out of our radar if we don't check on them periodically. And unfortunately, low performing roofs have the potential to cause more damage than necessary when not maintained. Yes, a full replacement is expensive and could be an intimidating process. Still, if you neglect your roof, you're neglecting your home, and there are dangerous consequences to this.
To give you an example, an older roof that is not repaired or replaced can play havoc on the interior of your home. If this happens, you'll be looking at a new roof expense and may need to repair other issues that arise from water erosion.
Another result of not handling roofing problems is the peeling of exterior paint, mold, and electrical issues. And if that's not enough, you may get hit with shocking utility bills month after month due to an overheated attic during those intense Bakersfield summers.
Of course, our desire is that you never have to go through anything remotely close to issues like that. And we were pleased to see our clients on Radcliffe were proactive and hired us to install a new roofing system.
The homeowners seized the opportunity and took advantage of our free roofing service quote and consultation.
Our estimator completed a thorough inspection of the roof, answered all their questions, and sent them a detailed and 100% accurate bid.
Once our clients were ready to move forward, they signed the necessary paperwork, which protects both parties if something goes wrong. IT WAS NOW TIME TO START THE RE-ROOF WITH GAF TIMBERLINE COOL COLOR LIFETIME COMPOSITION SHINGLES...
Notable Service #1
Tear Off Old Shingles
To begin with, we scheduled a convenient time for our crew to go and start the removal of the old roofing shingles. It's important to note here that when you begin a tear-off, the weather must clear.
You don't want to start pulling off a roof and expose your home if there's rain in the forecast. Once shingles are removed, we have to wait on the county to inspect the sheathing, taking up to 24 hours. If the rain comes during that time, it can be bad news for the property's interior.
Once the old roofing shingles are off, we call in the city inspectors to investigate the sheathing. Inspectors will make sure the current sheathing is intact and can handle a new roofing system. If the inspector finds molded plywood, we will replace those sections to get the structure up to building code.
This is why it's crucial to have a licensed contractor that does not cut corners. We've heard of roof replacement projects being completed by friends and family and have expensive troubles.
Another motive to employ a licensed contractor is to add value to your home or sell in the future. If this is the case, the bank and homebuyers will ask for proof of installation and permits.So think twice before hiring a handyman or want to take on the project yourself. There's a lot more to a re-roof venture than labor and materials.
Notable Service #2
Leak Barriers & Drip-Edge
Another noteworthy task was to install leak barriers and baked-on enamel drip edge metal to all the valleys. This is important because each penetration needs to be sealed to keep water from making its way through the roof.
This metal refers to the flashing that shields the edges of your roof, which is another condition that needs to be met per Kern County Building codes. Also, if the flashing is not positioned and secured correctly, shingles could be defective.
Notable Service #3
While the drip edge was being installed, we replaced the old pipe flashings with brand new galvanized metal. Moisture always finds its way through round objects, and those tiny cracks need to be watertight. The metal flashing material we use is the perfect solution to this.
Notable Service #4
Once the pipe flashings were dealt with, we applied premium 30# ASTM (Asphalt-Saturated Organic Felt) underlayment. Installing underlayment in a manner, NOT PER Kern County code of building regulations can sabotage your entire project.
Underlayment plays several roles in an efficient roofing system. For one, it protects the sheathing from moisture so it won't rot out quickly. The material is water-resistant and acts as a barrier between the shingles and the rest of the roofing material.
On top of that, underlayment is a secondary coating of defense against external elements. If shingles fly off during a wind and rain storm, your underlayment will be the next line of defense. Extremely important that we install this correctly.
Notable Service #5
In any residential property, the Kern County Code of Building Regulations requires a certain amount of attic ventilation. Because of this, we installed vents throughout the roofing system to get cool airflow throughout the attic. The proper amount of vents will help your attic from staying cool during the Bakersfield summers.
Notable Service #6
Next was installing the GAF COOL COLOR LIFETIME COMPOSITION SHINGLES that our clients chose before the project. Superior Roofing is a certified contractor for GAF and always follows manufacturer recommendations. This way our clients don't have problems with their warranty in the future.
Sometimes homeowners and even contractors will cut corners and install shingles in contrast to manufacturers' suggestions. Once the shingles are put on the wrong way, the warranty is deemed void.
In addition to the main roof, the patio roof needed to be restructured. As a result, we replaced the patio roof with top-of-line TPO and membrane heat welded over the top. This is full proof against environmental elements and will last a very long time.
And let's not overlook clean-up. Sometimes large residential re-roofs can take weeks to complete. Although it may not seem like an issue, we do our best to ensure the property is cleaned up after each day. We feel it is essential to respect our clients' property by picking up and sweeping before leaving, even if we're coming back the next morning.
If a re-roof project like this intrigues you, take advantage of a free consultation, roof inspection, and service quote today.
Once you go through our consultation, you'll be able to know exactly what steps to take next and have more clarity about your roofing project.
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