• Matt O'Dore

What Does the Roof Installation Process Look Like in Vancouver, WA?

Updated: Nov 3


Two men installing a roof

Roof construction is a meticulous process. To install a roof that will safeguard your property for many years to come, Matador Exteriors ensures that every step of the roofing process is carried out exactly as instructed. Have you ever been curious in how a roof is constructed? We’re happy to walk you through the procedure step-by-step so you know what to expect from your roofing contractor in Vancouver, WA.


7 Step Vancouver, WA Roofers Installation Process


Roof Tear Off

Tearing off the old roof is step one. It is hard to effectively install the new system when replacing the roof of an existing building without totally dismantling the old one. Installing new products over the old is a common practice among some businesses; this is a surefire indication that your roof won't hold up as long as it should. Ensuring all the old shingles are removed or pounded flat into the remaining structure is one of the most time-consuming steps in tearing off an old roof. It's important to not rush this step since nails that are left protruding can cause holes to form in the new shingles.


Drip Edge Flashing Installation

Step two is installing the drip edge installation. Drip edge flashing gives a great finished look, prevents shingles from hardening, and prevents water from running down your fascia boards. Additionally, flashing creates a tight seal around chimneys, skylights, and any walls that touch the roof. The flashing needs to be installed by the Vancouver, WA roofing company prior to them installing the underlayment.


Underlayment / Ice and Water Shield Installation

The next step is rolling out the underlayment. Ice and Water Shield can stop ice build-up and violent winds from letting water into the house, underlayment is crucial. Underlayment is also installed on the valleys which direct water away from the house. The underlayment is laid out as flatly and straightly as possible once the backing is removed since this material adheres to itself. The underlayment may attach on its own or take a few nails.


Starter Shingle Installation

A crucial initial stage in shingle coverage is installing the starter shingles. Although starter shingles are only half as broad as normal shingles and are intended to be the initial row of flat, these shingles are meant to overlap one another. Overlapped starter shingles form a barrier that prevents water from seeping between the shingles' seams and causing a leak.


Shingles Installation

Next step is installing the shingles. While arduous, this procedure is usually the easiest component of roofing a house. Using a nail gun, shingles are applied in an overlapping pattern and fastened. There are several different types of shingles to choose from (e.g., asphalt, metal, etc.) which your chosen Vancouver, WA roofing company can provide samples of.


Ridge Cap Installation

Next, your Vancouver, WA roofing contractor will install the ridge cap. These are the very top shingles on your roof, just at the summit. Matador Exteriors utilizes unique shingles created especially for this purpose. Because the nails must pass through several layers of shingles, securing these shingles typically requires longer nails.


Roof Sealant

The final step in applying roof sealant. Roof sealant is intended to protect the nails and vulnerable penetrations points from weathering.


The measures necessary to construct a roof are precise and essential to preserve the building and save your investment. Contact us, a trusted Vancouver, WA roofing contractor for additional information on roof repairs or replacement.

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