Roof Replacement Memphis TN

When you think about roof replacement Memphis TN, think of James Russell Roofing. There are a few things you should know to ensure the process goes smoothly and swiftly. A new roof installation checklist will help you minimize disruption before, during, and after the work is done. Below are a few tips for communicating with the roofing contractor.

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Roof Replacement Memphis TN: Proper Roof Install Techniques

The roofing material distributor will deliver your new roof material before your roof installation begins. A representative from James Russell Roofing will inspect the material to verify it has been dropped by the distributor and that the right sort of material was used. During the new roof installation process, you should look for things like the right materials and proper installation.

The following is what we mean by proper installation:

1. Tear off the old felt and inspect the deck for rotten wood.

The first step is to remove your old existing roof. The roofing crew can complete this process in as little as four hours or as much as a full day, depending on the pitch, size, and which layers of shingles and felt they encounter. 

There is no practice of “roof over” in Brighton, Memphis and throughout Tennessee. It is adding another layer of shingles over the existing one. This practice can be acceptable in some areas, but James Russell Roofing finds it unacceptable. 

The old felt must be removed so that your roof’s deck can be thoroughly inspected for rotting wood. As soon as the roof’s decking or sheathing is inspected, any rotten wood will be replaced with either oriented strand board, which is commonly called OSB, or with cedar fiberboard, also known as CDX.

2. Install drip edges around the house’s eaves and rakes.

Using drip edge or eaves flashing for your home’s eaves will protect those areas and keep the water off your fascia boards, preventing them from rotting.

3. Install new synthetic felt. At the eve of the house, felt should cover the drip edge and under the drip edge of the rakes.

Since the advent of synthetic felt, asphalt felt paper has been replaced with this superior product. A top roofing company, like James Russell Roofing, uses only this best material, which is superior to the old felt paper roofs. 

Synthetic felt is stronger, more puncture-resistant, easier to tear, and is water-resistant as well. Manufacturers of shingles, such as Atlas, suggest installing felt under the drip edge and over the drip edge following the rakes. It’s the edge that runs up the roof from the gable to the ridge.

4. The starter course shingle should always be used when erecting a roof. Starting shingles have adhesive so the eaves of the home are more secure from wind damage and rain damage. The eve of a home is not protected by an adhesive when a poor roofer installs a two-tab.

It is highly likely that roofers offering a lower price for your new roof are cutting corners on the material and installation, as well as not offering a workmanship warranty. When roofing companies install a new roof, the starting shingle is turned backwards and used as a starter shingle. 

Roofing companies that do this are only bad. For protecting a very vulnerable part of your house, a properly installed starter shingle is essential. There is a high probability of hurricanes in Brighton, Covington, and the Memphis area of Tennessee. Strong winds are most likely to damage the house’s eve. 

Your home will be well protected with a shingle-like Atlas starter. An adhesive strip does not exist on a three-tab turned backwards, which prevents the thermal seal from forming at the eve and roof.

5. Having installed drip edges and felt, the ice and water shield next needs to be installed. Ice and water shields are always included in good roof installations. 

All roof valleys, all chimneys, and all wind turbines, often referred to as whirlybirds, should have ice and water shields installed. It is always advisable to apply ice and water directly to bare decks. To ensure that ice and water are applied evenly to the sheathing, the valleys should be cut out of the felt.

Winterguard is a product offered by Atlas. These are the areas of your roof most at risk of ice and water damage, such as valleys and around penetrations.

6. The next step is to install the shingles. Installing lifetime shingles in a course is the proper way. If your roofer racks your lifetime shingles, that’s not a good thing. 

Most shingles require six nails per shingle, depending on the shingle and wind load area of installation. To prevent the shingles from lifting off the roof deck after a long time, your roofer needs to place the nails on the nails line of the shingles.

We install Atlas limited-lifetime shingles with every new roof installation at James Russell Roofing. There are a wide variety of colours available from Atlas and it has a 100-year history of manufacturing shingles.

7. The hip and ridge shingles must now be installed after the shingles have been installed. It is always best to use a genuine hip and ridge shingle. 

Roofing companies commonly install three-tab shingles and don’t even inform their clients of the difference between them. Unlike lifetime shingles, three-tabs are not designed to bend. They are designed to lay flat on the roof deck, not cover the hips and ridges.

8. In order to complete the roof installation, the ridge vent must be installed. Don’t cover the ridge with felt. You want your roofing crew to cut it out. Once the ridge vent has been installed, the hip and ridge shingles need to be installed on top.

A common area that is overlooked during the installation of a new roof is roof ventilation. When you don’t have proper roof ventilation, you can end up spending a lot of money cooking your shingles in something similar to an oven. 

On the peak of your home, James Russell Roofing uses the 12″ Atlas ridge vent. With wind-driven rain resistance of 100 MPH, the Atlasridge vent provides year-round efficiency.

9. Once the hips and ridges are complete, it is time to paint any roofing hardware that did not come prepainted. Some roofing accessories, such as pipe jacks, 750s or turtle vents, wind turbines, and flashings, may not come painted by default. 

When all the painting and installation are complete, it is time to clean up the roofing job thoroughly. It’s a good idea to sweep any roofing debris and nails of the driveway, yard, and flowerbeds.

You should keep these guidelines in mind as your new roof is installed. You should discuss every aspect of the process with your roofing consultant. Your roof will be installed by a top roofing company with pride. Roofing contractors who hide their installation process do not like to be questioned about how they roof. We love to answer questions and show you how a new roof should be installed. Please contact us today.

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Roof Replacement Memphis TN: Tips for Communicating with Your Roof Contractor

You should ask your roofing contractor the following questions before the installation of your new roof begins. You can use these to prepare for the installation process.

1. How long will it take for the shingles to arrive?

During new roof installation projects, shingles are typically delivered a few days before the start of work. Please share your situation with your roofing representative. Consider neighborhood bylaws or the available space when planning for your roofing project.

Unless the roofing contractor instructs the delivery driver otherwise, these shingles will probably be placed in the driveway. Make sure you know when your roofing contractor will deliver the shingles so you can prepare.

It is rare that the roofer knows the exact arrival date, perhaps only the day of arrival. Using this knowledge, you can arrange cars so that no one in your household will be inconvenienced by the delivery.

2. What about my flowers and shrubs?

During the installation of a new roof, debris can damage flowers and shrubs. Other roofing contractors let homeowners take responsibility for protecting their plants.

We always take care of shrubs and flowerbeds at James Russell Roofing, so ask your contractor who will protect them. Please inform your roofing representative if you need additional care. Communicate constantly with your contractor. Especially if they are in an area that may be of concern.

3. How does the Clean-Up Process work?

A James Russell Roofing contractor removes loose nails, shingles, and debris that remains after a new roof installation. Prior to beginning the job, make sure the roofing contractor plans to clean up.

You should not be afraid to ask your contractor to conduct a second cleanup if you are unhappy with the work. In preparation for the new roofing shingles, you will need to remove hundreds of square feet of roofing felt from your roof.

Although all roof debris is cleaned up after it falls, there can be times when some nails get stuck in the grass. Before you install a new roof, you should mow your lawn. You can pick up nails more easily by mowing your lawn to make it easier for magnets to pick them up.

4. What is the Warranty?

A new roof comes with a warranty, and it is very important to understand the terms of the warranty. In particular, you need to ask whether it is your responsibility to register the warranty or the contractor’s.

When it comes to a new roof from James Russell Roofing, Atlas is the first choice for you. Normally, the roofing company is responsible for registering the warranty. SSA client portal that James Russell Roofing provides you with will allow you to download your warranty once the roofing project is completed.

In your SSA program, the shingle warranty will be available for you and all other roofing information, such as pre-job pictures, contracts, insurance estimates, and any other paperwork in the future.

With SSA, you can manage your customer relationship online from any device at any time and access your information from any location.

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Pre-Work Checklist

To minimize disruption, you should take a few steps before your new roof installation begins. Check out this checklist before you begin the installation to prepare and make sure you understand what is happening.

1. Take Care of Your Pets

During installation, check with your roof contractor to see if pets must be secured. It is a good idea to keep dogs and cats away from contractors since they can cause injury from falling debris. Those who have very sensitive pets might even want to board them if they are extremely sensitive to loud noise.

2. Property Protection

Make sure valuable items, such as statues and planters, are moved or covered during installation to prevent damage. Items should be moved off the walls and interior shelves, and pictures should be removed, as vibrations may cause them to break.

In some cases, there can be severe vibrations caused by roofers walking on the roof, nailing on the shingles and laying them on decks and roof ridges. When you are installing a class four shingle, a CertainTeed bundle can weigh up to 240 LBS, one of the heaviest on the market.

3. Gate Management

You may have to leave gates open for your roof contractor to gain access to your property. In addition, you can request that they close the gates to protect children or pets. Before the work begins, make sure you discuss the type of gates you prefer.

4. Make Special Requests

Let the team manager know about any special requests you have for your roofing contractors in advance. Special care needs to be taken where there is a septic tank or swimming pool pump.

5. Cover your valuables in the attic

The new roof decking must be removed during the new roof installation. The roof deck is removed of all old felt material by James Russell Roofing, and all nails are sucked away.

Although this is a good practice, it can result in a lot of cleanups in an attic after the roofing is complete. It may cause debris to fall into the attic through cracks in the decking.

As a result, the old felt will rip into numerous little pieces that fall between the roof’s decking and through other holes created during the roof installation process, such as those created by removing wind turbines and old vents. Keep all valuables covered to prevent dust and debris from damaging them.

6. The Unexpected and Rare are Possible

A nail penetrating the roof’s deck may cause a water line, air conditioning line, or electric line to be damaged. In a properly installed water, air conditioning, and electric system, this would never happen.

It is recommended that these lines are strapped to the rafters or other flooring joists. There is no way to know whether this may happen before the roof is installed. Inspecting the attic may not uncover this even if it is done.

Sometimes, lines can’t be seen at the very edge of the house when they are hit. There is no fault on the part of the roofing contractor and you only need to prepare for this possibility.

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Post-Work Checklist

Knowing what to expect during the final day of the roof installation is helpful. The following things will help your roof contractor finish the job.

1. Attend the final walk-through

The James Russell Roofing company representative will walk you through the installation once it is complete. If you have any questions, you can verify that installation and cleaning are satisfactory.

In addition to explaining thermal seals and why your shingles may be raised slightly around your chimney and in your valleys, your roofing representative will also discuss the thermal seal. There are a few things you need to know about your new roof. Your new roof installation will be more enjoyable if you understand the process and wrap up.

2. Settlement of the accounts

You can now settle your account if you are satisfied with the roof installation. In the event that you are not satisfied, please contact a company representative so that any concerns can be addressed.

Your representative will collect the first check after the walk-around, which is the actual cash value, and go over the roofing completion certificate. If the roofer sends the final invoice to your insurance company, you will receive the RD, recoverable depreciation check.

In most cases, you will receive your RD check within ten days to three weeks, depending on how busy they are and how many wind and hail storms have hit your area.

3. Don’t move leftovers

Roofing materials are overordered by James Russell Roofing to ensure that they have enough to complete the job. Once the roof installation is completed, James Russell Roofing will remove any leftover materials.

The amount of extra shingles you need depends on the distance between your home and the roofing distributor. Our need for extra material arises from the timing of the project and the possibility that traffic could be really bad in our area during completion.

4. Receive Your Warranty

We will add the roofing warranty from Atlas as well as the workmanship warranty from James Russell Roofing to your SSA client portal following the final payment for the roofing project. You have access to your SSA client portal provided by James Russell Roofing for life.

Whenever you have questions, please call James Russell Roofing any time, but you can also access the SSA client portal on the James Russell Roofing website by searching James Russell Roofing.

If you want to stay up to date with the progress of your new roof installation before, during, and after the work is done, you can access your SSA Client Portal.

Using the portal, click on ROOF to see your insurance and roofing information. The SSA client portal includes information about your roofing project, including pictures, insurance scope of loss information, and warranties. There is a wealth of information for SSA clients on the client portal.

This guide will hopefully help to make the process of installing a new roof more familiar to you. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Contact our customer service representatives if you have any concerns or questions.

Frequently Asked Questions About A New Roof Installation

1. How important is the type of roofing shingles used?

It is a big decision to re-roof your home. If you buy good shingles and install them correctly, you can expect your shingles to last for decades. It is important to factor in cost when deciding what type of roofing shingles to buy, but you should also consider the other aspects of your situation and get expert advice so you can make the right decision when the time comes.

2. Why is it necessary to remove the old felt from the roof deck?

It will cost you more money and time if your roofing contractor says that it is not necessary to tear the old felt off your roof when you re-roof. When it comes to roofing, it is necessary to tear off the old roofing felt from the deck. Besides inspecting for rotten wood, tearing off the old felt on your roof’s deck is a great reason to do so.

You won’t likely find rotten wood or roof underneath old felt if you don’t cut the old felt away. Only top companies install new synthetic felt after tearing off the old felt.

3. How important is the drip edge to my overall roofing job?

Roofers often cut corners when it comes to the drip edge. The new drip edge is not often removed by roofing companies. Others may even use the excuse that they do not want to add any more nails to their roof deck.

Most roofing companies will use any means to save you money while pocketing more for themselves. Rainwater is kept off your fascia using drip edges, preventing it from rotting.

4. Does synthetic felt have to be used?

When doing a re-roof project, you don’t have to use synthetic felt. Synthetic felt is the only type of roofing felt James Russell Roofing and top roofing companies install. We use only synthetics for several reasons, starting with water penetration.

That old asphalt felts just won’t stop water from entering your roof deck, which means your roofing felt is the last defence. Synthetic felt is also covered by a better warranty.

Even though synthetic felt is not 100% necessary when a roofing project is undertaken, your elite roofing companies will not install asphalt felt.

5. How are my valleys doing with the ice & water shield?

When a roof is re-roofed, old-fashioned valley metal is used. Ice & Water Shield is a better product today for homes’ valleys. As well as preventing rust around nail penetrations and expansion and contraction which all metal does, a product like WinterGuard by Atlas Corporation will prevent the possibility of rust around nails. Elite roofing companies avoid installing valley metal in favour of ice & water shields.

6. Is there a type of ventilation I should have?

When you have a roofing professional at your home, you should inquire about the proper roof ventilation. Attic ventilation using ridge vents is the most durable option.

Throughout the years, wind-driven rain problems have been reduced by the use of ridge vents, allowing for consistent ventilation over time.

Unless you have enough ridge vents on your home, you may have to use a wind turbine or power attic vent to properly vent your attic in today’s modern homes. Observe what your roofing professional uses on their own house.

7. Is there a type of ridge shingle that is appropriate for my roofing project?

Despite being a very important part of your roof, hip and ridge shingles are often overlooked by roofing contractors. The majority of roofers simply install three-tab shingles on the hip & ridge and won’t even mention ridge shingles.

The field shingles are the main shingles of your roof. Three-tab shingles do not bend when they lay flat. A 3-tab shingle is damaged to the point that, as soon as you bend it to fit over hips and ridges, it will allow water to enter your home.

Another area in which a top roofing company can assist is by explaining the different types of ridge shingles to the homeowner so that they can make an educated decision, which often has to do with cost. Roofs with hip and ridge shingles will offer much better protection and won’t cost as much as those with flat shingles.

8. Are there any warranties available?

To properly cover each type of shingle warranty many different roofing field representatives handle this topic. Your roofing representative will be able to narrow down which shingles to show you by first discussing your expectations with them.

We only use Atlas and Owens Corning roofing shingles at James Russell Roofing. Atlas and Owens Corning offer some of the most comprehensive shingle warranties available today.

9. What will you do with all that roofing debris?

Our new roof no-mess system from Equipter helps keep your lawn cleaner during the roofing process. The Equipter cannot always be used around the entire house, sometimes there isn’t enough roof to place it between fencings and AC units on the side of the house.

When James Russell Roofing tarps thoroughly around your home, all roofing nails and debris are collected. To remove the last remaining nails, the roofers will use magnets and pick up all the debris that remains after the job is completed.

10. During the roofing project, can anything go wrong?

You should carefully read the pre-job checklist because many things can go wrong. Most mistakes are rare, but they can and do happen occasionally. You can see your pre-job roofing checklist from your roofing field representative.


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