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The Roof Replacement Process

Published on Friday March 17, 2023

The roof replacement process may seem like a daunting task to homeowners, but it is a necessary part of maintaining the integrity and value of a home. However, the process of replacing a roof doesn’t have to be totally overwhelming. It helps to know what to expect and to work with a trusted roofing contractor to get the job done efficiently. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps involved in the roof replacement process, from consultation to cleanup and final inspection. By understanding the process, you can feel confident in your decision to replace your roof and ensure that the work is done the right way — the Long way!

What is the Process of Roof Replacement?

The roof replacement process can vary depending on the type of roof, the condition of the roof deck, and the size and pitch of the roof. However, below is a general overview of the steps involved in a roof replacement project. 


A roofing contractor will meet with the homeowner to discuss the project and assess the condition of the roof by evaluating the exterior of the home, as well as the attic. They will also provide an estimate for the cost of the project. 

Obtaining Permits 

Depending on the location, a permit may be required for the roof replacement work. The contractor will handle the necessary paperwork and obtain the permit on behalf of the homeowner. However, it’s wise to have an idea of the permits you’ll need for the project. That way, you can confirm the contractor has everything they need to begin your roof replacement without delay.


Before the old roof can be removed, any necessary repairs to the roof deck must be made by the company you hire. The area around the house will also be prepared by protecting shrubs and plants, and setting up scaffolding or a roofing platform as needed.

Removal of Old Roof

The old roofing materials will be removed and disposed of. This can be a labor-intensive process, especially if the roof is large or has multiple layers. Usually, a roofing contractor begins on the corner of your roof that is farthest from your driveway and moves towards the driveway, removing bit by bit and putting old pieces in the dumpster.

Installation of New Roof 

The new roofing materials will be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may include the use of underlayment, flashing, and ventilation.

Cleanup and Final Inspection

The worksite will be cleaned up and any debris will be removed. A final inspection will be conducted to ensure that the roof replacement work has been completed to code and meets the necessary standards. Always choose a reputable and experienced roofing contractor to ensure that the work is done properly and to the highest standards.

It’s important to note that the average roof replacement process can take several days or even weeks to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the project. However, if you work with Long Roofing, your project can be completed in as little as a day!

How to Prepare for a Roof Replacement

Proper preparation is key to ensuring that the process goes smoothly and is as stress-free as possible. Below are some tips on how to prepare.

1. Understand the Scope of the Project

Make sure you have a clear understanding of what work will be done, the project’s timeline, what is expected of you, and what you are being promised. Every reputable company should provide a written contract that outlines the details of the project. Review it thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

2. Expect Roofing Materials Delivered Directly to You

All roof replacements have to begin with the right materials. Having all the necessary roofing supplies delivered to your house is typically the first step in the roof replacement process. It’s common for these to be delivered the day before your roof installation or the morning your replacement is scheduled.

It’s worth noting that the size of your roof and the complexity of your project determine the quantity of materials needed. When these materials are delivered, they should be kept close to your home in a dry place. Avoid having your roofing materials delivered several days before your roof replacement is scheduled since this can damage your materials or kill your grass. 

3. Communicate and Make Plans

Be sure to let your neighbors know about the upcoming roof replacement work, as it may generate noise and debris. In order to avoid the hassle of finding alternative living arrangements, it’s best to work with a reputable company that has a team large enough to finish the job in as little as a day.

4. Move Valuables Away

It’s important to prepare for your roof replacement. Anything that you don’t want to be damaged by the construction zone should be moved out of the way. Remove all vehicles from your driveway or garage before the contractor arrives at your house. (It is unnecessary to move a vehicle if it is inside your garage and you don’t plan to use it at all throughout the duration of the roof replacement process.)

5. New Roof Installation Begins

Your roofing contractor will prepare to install your new roof. Typically, they begin by laying the underlayment and installing the drip edge. If you’ve chosen shingles as your roofing material choice, the roofing contractor will begin installing the shingles to achieve your chosen roof style. 

Be aware that the quality of the roofing materials as well as the installer’s skill directly determine the lifespan of your roof. To get the most out of your roof replacement, you should always spend money on high-quality roofing materials and a roofer you can trust.

Roofing Replacement Process FAQs 

What is Usually Included in a Roof Replacement?

Typically, the following is included in all roof replacement projects:

  • The roofing material
  • The roof decking
  • Demolition/tear-off of the previous roof
  • New roof installation
  • Project cleanup
  • Final review of work
  • A warranty to protect the work that’s been done

Not all roofing companies offer warranties, but the best ones do. For example, Long Roofing offers an up to 50-year warranty. 

How Far in Advance Should I Schedule my Roof Replacement?

In general, it’s a good idea to start planning for a roof replacement at least several months in advance to ensure that you have enough time to research contractors, explore different roof styles, and make the necessary arrangements. This will also give you time to save up for the project if needed.

Good roofing contractors can be in high demand, so it’s a good idea to schedule the work as far in advance as possible to ensure that you can get a spot on their schedule. 

What is the Shingle Roof Replacement Process?

The basic steps for a shingle roof replacement are:

  • Break the seal on the current shingles
  • Remove all nails
  • Remove all old shingles
  • Install new shingles
  • Seal new shingles

Is it Safe to Be at Home During a Roof Replacement?

In general, it is safe to be at home during a roof replacement as long as proper safety measures are taken. A reputable roofing contractor will follow all necessary safety protocols and will take steps to protect your home and your family during the project. However, it’s a good idea to take some precautions to ensure your safety during the roof replacement process.

Avoid going onto the roof or near the work area while the work is being done. Children and pets may be curious and could accidentally wander into the work area, which could be dangerous. Keep them away from the work area for their own safety. If you or anyone in your household has special needs or considerations, such as mobility issues, allergies, or sensitivities to noise or dust, let the contractor know so that they can take appropriate measures.

How Messy is a Roof Replacement?

Roof replacement can be a messy process, as it involves the removal of old roofing materials and the installation of new materials. Some debris, such as nails and shingle pieces, may fall to the ground during the removal process. The area around the house may also be covered in dust and dirt from the work.

To minimize the mess, a reputable roofing contractor will take steps to protect your property. The contractor should also clean up the worksite and remove any debris when the job is complete.

The Long Roofing Process

Long Roofing takes a comprehensive approach, customizing the roof replacement process based on each client’s unique needs. We begin by scheduling an in-home consultation that accommodates your schedule. It’s important to include any other decision-makers in the consultation, so their availability will also need to be considered when scheduling the appointment.

During the consultation, our team will walk you through a wide variety of styles, colors, designs, and features. They’ll also talk to you about financing options, which offer affordable payment plans, easy-to-understand paperwork, and no hidden costs.

Next, we’ll use satellite technology to get exact measurements of your roof. This allows us to provide the most accurate quote possible — which is provided for free, of course. Once you’ve selected and ordered your roofing materials, all that’s left to do before we begin is wait for them to arrive.

Finally, it’s time to install your brand-new roof. We pride ourselves on delivering a speedy roof replacement process without sacrificing the quality of the installation — or the cleanliness of your home.

Ready to Schedule Your Roof Replacement?

Now that you know the ins and outs of a roof replacement process, you’re prepared to take the next step. Reach out to Long Roofing to get your roof replacement on the schedule. We can discuss options, financing, and scheduling so you’re sure to end up with a roof that suits you and your home.

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