Several weeks ago, our Lynchburg team replaced the roof of a charming brick home in Lynchburg, VA. When the homeowner, Lucy Wilson realized she needed a new roof on her house, she researched several roofing contractors, and decided to go with Cenvar Roofing after the initial free estimate appointment.
On the day of the roof replacement Andrew, the project manager, and his crew arrived bright and early to start the project. The first thing they did was prepare her property for the tear off. This included moving patio furniture off of the porch, and laying down tarps to protect the deck and landscaping.
Once they finished preparing the property, they tore off the old shingles, nails and other materials all the way down to the thin piece of wood underneath, called the decking. When they did this, they discovered some water damage to the decking. They replaced the damaged decking before moving on with the project.
After the tear off process was finished, it was time to start building the new roof. The first step was to install the drip edge, which is a thin metal strip that directs water off of the roof and into your gutters and helps protect the roof from water damage.
Ice and Water Shield
Next was the layer of ice and water shield. This is a thin rubber material that helps prevent water from seeping through the shingles and into the roof. In rainy areas like Lynchburg, VA this is necessary for every roof, in order to guard against water damage.
Underlayment and Drip Edge
After the ice and water shield was installed, the underlayment was laid down. Underlayment is a fabric barrier that sits between the roof decking and the shingles to protect them from any resin the decking may release.Then, the crew laid down a second layer of drip edge to guard against water intrusion and leaks during rainstorms.
The crew began by laying down a strip of starter shingles around the edges of the roof and covered them with a layer of sealant. This ensured that the seal would be sound for the first few rows of shingles. Then, they installed the rest of the shingles according to manufacturer specifications.
When they reached the top, they installed ridge cap shingles over the ridge of the roof. Ridge cap shingles are thicker than the normal shingles, and come pre-bent so that they can fit over the ridge of the roof without cracking. Their shape helps them shed water and debris efficiently.
Install Flashing and Counter Flashing
The Wilson house had a chimney, which means that chimney flashing and counterflashing was necessary to prevent water damage in the future. These thin metal strips cover the intersection of the chimney and the roof to keep it dry and protected.
Clean up the jobsite and leave
Once the flashing was installed, the crew cleaned up the jobsite, and made sure the driveway and walkways were completely free of nails and debris. Then, they loaded up their trucks and left Lucy to enjoy her new roof.
The Finished Result
Lucy was thrilled with her new roof, and with her customer experience:
“Andrew Ewing and his team were wonderful, very professional and did an excellent job replacing our leaking roof! They were on time, worked very quickly setting up to take the old shingles off and replaced the rotten wood where the roof had been leaking.
The entire crew was friendly, hardworking and had the new shingles up in only one day. They took pride in their work and the price was very reasonable. I would recommend Cenvar Roofing to anyone!”
– Lucy Wilson
Our Lynchburg, VA branch works hard to provide an excellent roof replacement experience to each customer we serve. If you are in need of a roof replacement or roof repair, fill out our free estimate form to get the process started! We would love to serve you.
Hannah Brown is the main author of the company blog. Her primary focus is to create and produce content for all mediums that explains the complexities of the roofing industry in simple, straightforward language. Hannah has degrees in Strategic Communication and English from Liberty University, and her work has been featured in multiple print and online publications. You can find her on LinkedIn.