What to Expect During a Roof Replacement


Your roof is the first line of protection against the elements, and it also enhances your home’s curb appeal. But the typical asphalt shingle roof only has an average lifespan of between 15-30 years.

That means you’ll need to replace it at least once or twice during the time you live in your home.

Severe weather, extreme temperatures, and time all start to take a toll. A deteriorating roof can quickly lead to more serious issues, including leaks, pest invasion, and eventual structural damage.

So, you know roughly how long your roof will last. And you also realize how important it is for protecting and beautifying your home. But you might still wonder:

What’s the process—from start to finish—to replace my roof?

Read on to discover what to expect during a roof replacement—from the initial estimate and prep to installation—and see how our proven process makes the difference.


Step 1: Inspect Your Current Roof & Provide an Estimate

So, you think you need to replace your roof.

Once you contact us for a FREE estimate, one of our experienced estimators will meet with you at your home for an in-person estimate. We’re here to inspect your current roof, understand your vision, evaluate your budget, and listen to what’s most important to you before we make any recommendations.

We’ll take detailed measurements, consider the best materials for the job, and identify any potential challenges that will need to be addressed. This conversation will include whether you’re interested in shingle or steel roofing. After we have a full understanding of your roofing needs, we’ll put together an estimate that aligns with your budget and goals.


Step 2: Install Your New Roof

Once you feel comfortable with your estimate and decide to move forward, we’ll schedule your roof replacement, order the necessary materials, and secure any required permits.

You’ll access our customer portal, where you can track progress and see placed orders. Our total transparency keeps you aware and updated to minimize surprises and get your project finished as quickly as possible.

We’ll also assign a dedicated construction manager to oversee your entire project, ensuring that our process is followed every step of the way.

First, expect a dumpster to arrive at your home early on the day of your scheduled replacement. Our crew will follow shortly after to begin work.

  1. The first step is to scrape/strip and dispose of your old shingles and underlayment, also known as roofing felt.
  2. We’ll then inspect the roof decking—typically plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)—to ensure it’s in good condition.
  3. After that, it’s time to install a new drip edge and leak barrier along the eaves.
  4.  From there, we’ll apply your new underlayment and install the roof—either laying shingles or steel panels.

We can typically install a roof within one day, ensuring a quick, efficient, and quality experience.


Step 3: Clean Up and Follow Up

We’ll clean during and after our work. Cleaning the work site is as important as the prep work. The idea is that you never even know we were at your home, aside from the beautiful new roof on top.

Your dedicated construction manager will notify you when your roof is finished, follow up with any additional details, and stay in touch to answer any additional questions. It’s all part of standing by the quality of our work and ensuring you have a great, stress-free experience.


Ready to Replace Your Roof?

When it’s time to replace your roof, no one offers a better customer experience than Tri-County Enterprises.

We’ll work within your budget to help you find beautiful options for a new roof that enhances your home’s curb appeal and stands up to Iowa’s unpredictable weather.

Schedule your free estimate today.

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