Commercial RoofingInsulationNew Roof InstallationRoofingServicesApril 28, 20220What to Expect When Replacing a Roof

Roof replacement is never fun, but often necessary. Whether from storm damage or simply worn out from age, replacing a roof is a big job that can seem less overwhelming when you know what to expect.

The old roof is typically removed over the course of a few days, and can be a bit messy. Once the old roof is gone, a new roof can be installed, usually over the course of the next few days.

After installation by a certified expert, a roof should be expected to last for many years. Thereafter, regular inspections help detect any problems early before they cause major damage.

Having a roof replaced can be an inconvenience, however preparing for any potential hassle(s) can help ease the stress, knowing in the end, you’ll have a new roof that will last for many years to come.

What to Consider Before Getting Roof Replaced

Type of Roof

First, decide on the desired type of roof. There are many different types of roofs available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Weigh these factors based on your needs to decide which roof is right for your home.

Choose a Reputable Contractor

Be sure to do your research when choosing a roofing contractor, preferably one who stands behind their work with a Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee like the qualified installers found at Horizon Roofing and Construction. Always ask for referrals from friends or family, and check multiple sources of online reviews.  

Get Multiple Quotes

We recommend getting three quotes from different contractors and compare and contrast what the prices include before making a final decision. Although you may find a contractor that is competitively priced, it doesn’t mean they are going to deliver a quality roof. Consider both price, but most importantly quality!

Understand the Warranty

Make sure you understand the terms of the warranty offered by your contractor, when possible finding a company which offers industry leading warranty protection.

Prepare for Disruptions

Roofing work can be disruptive, so it’s important to be prepared. Clear away any items from around the perimeter of your home and plan for noise and debris.

Take Advantage of Incentives

Research possible incentives available for energy-efficient roofing materials in your area and be sure to ask your contractor about this.

Have an Escape Plan

Especially if you have young children or pets, make sure to have an alternate plan for them during the project. Roofing work can be dangerous and loud, so it’s important to keep them away from the work area.

These are just a few considerations when having a roof replaced. Preparedness helps make the process go smoothly, minimize disruptions in your life, and ensure the new roof is everything you hoped for.

Steps for Roof Replacement

Once the decision to replace the roof is made, there are a few steps that follow. Here’s an overview of what to expect:

Schedule a Consultation

The first step is to schedule a consultation with a roofing contractor. This is when they’ll thoroughly inspect and assess the roof and provide a quote.

Choose Materials

Once a contractor is chosen, materials need to be selected. This includes the type of shingles, ventilation, and other factors.  Northville’s #1 roofing company, Horizon Roofing and Construction offers a full line of CertainTeed Shingles and accessories that are accompanied by the Industry-Leading Warranty and non-prorated SureStart Program.  

Roof Removal

The next step is to remove the old roof. This is usually done by a team of workers who will strip away and dispose of the old shingles and materials. We do this with careful consideration of your windows, siding, gutters, and landscaping. 

Damaged Roof Wood May Need Replacement

After the old roof is removed, the contractor will inspect the underlying wood for damage. If any of the boards are damaged, they will need to be replaced.

New Roof Installation and Inspection

Once the old roof is removed and all the wood is free from damage, the new roof products can be installed. This includes putting down a protective layer, installing the shingles, and adding any ventilation or other features.  Upon completion, the new roof is fully inspected to ensure it’s been installed properly and there are no issues.

Enjoy the New Roof!

After inspection and clean-up, sit back and enjoy the aesthetics and assurances your brand-new roof provides. With proper care and maintenance, it should last for many years to come.

It’s important to be prepared when having a roof replaced. Be sure to choose a reputable contractor, get multiple quotes, and understand the warranty. Prepare for disruptions and bad weather, have realistic expectations and take pride in enjoying a new roof!


Roof replacement is a big job, but it doesn’t have to be stressful.  When looking for trustworthy, competent, qualified, licensed, certified and insured roofers who offer the right products to fit your needs and budget, Horizon Roofing and Construction  is a clear choice to help every step of the way!

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