Shingle Roof Replacement
At USA Roofing & Gutters, LLC, we proudly stand by our promise of protecting the American dream, one roof at a time. We understand the significance of a home and what it means to you and your family. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with the most reliable, long-lasting roofing services that will safeguard your investment and keep your family safe.
We understand replacing your roof can be a big investment and it is tempting to choose the lowest bid for your roof replacement. However, when it comes to something as important as your roof, you never want to cut corners. More times then not, we have found choosing the lowest estimate is actually the most expensive option in the long run. This is due to companies going out of business, performing shoddy workmanship, using second-rate materials, not having the proper license, and not being fully insured. That is why it is crucial you choose an established and reputable roofing company you can trust to provide high-quality materials and workmanship. For the last two decades, we have been performing high quality roof replacements for homeowners and commercial property owners in Central and North Alabama.
We have achieved the Platinum Preferred Contractor status with Owens Corning, the most prestigious honor among roofing companies in Alabama and across the country. As a Platinum Preferred Contractor with Owens Corning, we are held to the highest standards in the roofing industry and we will always provide the top quality materials and workmanship. Our Platinum certification allows us to offer extended manufacturer warranties. Our certified representatives will discuss the warranty options and details during your appointment. Take a look below at the different roof warranties available for your home.
USA Roofing & Gutters, LLC provides a selection of roofing materials and asphalt shingles to suit any budget. Explore our Choose Your Shingles Page to find a color that complements your home’s look and style. We’ll help you choose the best roofing solution for your home and finances. Click here to learn about the cost of shingle roofing.
We proudly offer residential and commercial roofing services in Birmingham, Hoover, Trussville, Decatur, Huntsville, and Gadsden. See our service areas here.
We’re passionate about taking care of your roof replacement needs because the roof above your head keeps you and your family safe and dry. Have you noticed that your roof is leaking? Are you concerned with how old your roof is and unsure if it can withstand the next storm season? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, please call USA Roofing & Gutters, LLC the best roofing company for all your roofing solutions.
As Alabama’s premier roofing company, our dedicated and experienced team has serviced roofs in Central and North Alabama for 20 years.
Information You Should Know About The Roofing Process:
- Our project managers and roofers promise to work as a team with you to make your roofing project go as smooth as possible and with the least amount of inconvenience for you and your family.
Delivery of the Roofing Materials & Trailer: We will have the roofing materials delivered to your home usually the day before or morning of the job. A trailer will normally be positioned in close proximity to your home in order to dispose of the existing roof. If you need access to your vehicle and/or garage, you may want to park on the street the night before to avoid the risk of being “blocked” in.
Arrival of the Installation Crew: The installation crew typically arrives between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. At this time, there will be vehicles parked on the street and in the driveway to unload the necessary equipment.
Delays: Inclement weather could result in a delayed start or completion of work. We will take all precautions to adequately protect your home from these elements.
Cracks in Driveway: Driveways that have existing cracks or raised areas are much more likely to crack further. If you have any concerns with this issue, you should discuss them with your representative before the start of the job.
Pets: If you have pets, please be sure to leave them in a secure place while your roof is being installed. You also will want to keep any pets away because it is common to have debris and nails on the job site during the demolition process.
Antennas & Satellite Dishes: We will need to remove antennas and satellites dishes during the roofing installation. If conditions allow, we can try to reinstall dishes and do our best to reposition them. It is a good idea to contact your service provider to handle any satellite installation or recalibration.
Trees, Shrubs, & Plants: If you have any low hanging branches over your roof, some trimming may be necessary. Our installers will use tarps to protect any flowerbeds, shrubs, bushes, etc. and make every effort to avoid unnecessary damage. It is important to remove plants, wind chimes, pictures, pottery, yard decorations, etc. to avoid any damage.
Attic: When removing the existing roof, debris can shift between the roof decking and fall into the attic. We suggest covering or removing any items that may require protection.
Nails: We will perform a thorough clean-up of the exterior premises. However, some nails may be missed if not visible or detected with the magnet. It is not uncommon for nails or debris to get lodged into the downspouts and wash out from the rain.
Wiring & Air Conditioning: Electrical, plumbing, telephone, security, gas, water, and AC lines should not be installed directly underneath the roof deck per code, to avoid any nails from puncturing the wires or lines during the roof installation process. We suggest looking in your attic before the roof installation to verify there are no lines or wires installed directly underneath the roof decking.
Vents: At the end of each work day and upon completion of your job, check the interior connections of your heater, dryer, and hot water heater vent pipes to make sure they are connected properly. Sometimes, a pipe may become disconnected during the roofing process.
Existing Structures: When replacing your roof, it may become apparent that you have dips in your decking or your rafters are not level. Usually this has nothing to do with the roof or installation. Rather, it is normally a function of your original framing and/or settling of your home. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your decking, discuss them with your representative before the job is started.
Sheetrock: If sheetrock on the ceiling and walls were not properly installed with screws, it is not uncommon to have a small round spot appear on the sheetrock surface due to the vibrations during the installation process.
Gutter Guards: Wire or plastic that has been installed over gutters can be very difficult to reinstall. Sometimes they are already damaged or rusted. The roofing crew will do their best to reinstall the gutter guards as they were.
Noise: As with any exterior home project, you can expect to have noise inside and outside of the house. If you have children or pets that are sensitive to loud sounds you may want to make arrangements for them to be away for the project. Also, we recommend you secure any breakable items that could shift inside your home, like pictures on the wall, due to vibrations caused by the rooftop work.
Final Inspection: Once the job is completed, we will perform a final inspection.
Removal of Shingles, Felt, and Nails
Our roofing crew will remove the shingles, underlayment, and nails from the roof decking and then clean the debris off of the roof surface. We use a dump trailer to dispose of and haul away the debris.
We remove the shingles, underlayment, and nails to prepare the roof surface for the shingle installation. With a roof tear-off, when the old materials are removed and the deck is clean, this allows the roofers to inspect the decking to uncover any potential problems that need to be repaired. This could range from rotten wood, cracked boards, or an unsound deck that won’t hold nails properly. We repair any damaged decking to ensure a proper nailing surface.
We protect your investment and safeguard vulnerable areas of your roof by installing an extra waterproofing material that provides a secondary layer of protection in valleys, protrusions, and flashing areas. By installing the extra waterproofing, it creates a watertight barrier that provides continuous protection year after year.
The proper installation of a high-quality roof deck protection material is used as waterproofing. We install synthetic underlayment that is strong, durable, and repels water unlike paper felt and helps prevent moisture from reaching the roof deck. Synthetic underlayment is 12 times stronger than #30 paper felt, offers excellent wind resistance and durability through heavy roof traffic, and adverse weather conditions.
Starter Course Shingle
We install the manufacturer recommended starter course shingles unlike many other roofing companies who use 3-tab shingles. One of the most common sources of failure in a roof system is the improper installation of starter shingles. The starter course is very important, especially for wind resistance because it insures an effective seal between the starter and the first course of shingles. Starter shingles are the first line of defense against wind uplift along the edges of a roof and allows for a straight edge along the eaves and rakes.
Proper Shingle Nailing
Nailing errors, such as underdriven, overdriven, or angled nails, can cause future problems with your shingles and roof system. Nail type, location, length, angle, and force of application are all critical when installing shingles. We install more nails than the manufacturer’s installation requirements for better wind resistance and an overall stronger roof system.
Valleys are one of the areas of the roof system that takes careful planning and time to install correctly. Valleys are a prime leak vulnerable area, so it’s important to be precise during installation. We install a water barrier in all valleys to protect against water infiltration.
Flashing is installed to direct water away from critical areas of the roof, wherever the roof plane meets a vertical surface like a wall or dormer. Flashing is also installed to surround roof features, such as vents, chimneys, and skylights. Flashing is highly recommended for waterproofing these critical areas of your roof. Our roofers will inspect these areas and install flashing where needed to provide protection in all critical areas of the roof.
Proper ventilation is critical for helping to reduce hot and moist air in your attic space that can damage your possessions, increase your energy costs, and potentially reduce the longevity of your roofing system. There are several different ventilation options that work well depending on the size and type of roof system. Our certified roofers will discuss the most efficient options with you. Visit our ventilation page for options and details.
Ridge Cap Shingles
Hip or ridge cap shingles are not only a great finishing touch to your roof, they are also a critical component of your roof system that helps to protect some of the highest stress and vulnerable areas on your roof. We install the manufactured hip and ridge shingles on all dimensional roof systems that meet or exceed the manufacturers warranty requirements.
Our roofers will use tarps to collect as much debris as possible and to protect flowers, shrubs, plants, and any other landscaping. We clean up debris daily using a dump trailer and use yard magnets to sweep the perimeter of the house to collect nails throughout the roofing process. Our team of roofers will perform a final inspection and clean up after the roof is installed. We do not want our customers to even know we were there after we leave.
Click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the roof replacement process.