Check the Repair of Your Roof

Having a new roof on your head means being protected from the elements for a long time, ensuring a pleasant temperature in both winter and summer, and preventing leaks from damaging your home… Provided that this roof is properly built! Re-roofing is therefore not a matter to be taken lightly, especially since a new roof represents a certain investment on the budget side.

But how can we control the proper execution of the work when access to the roof is generally not allowed, for obvious safety reasons but also for contractual reasons? To ensure that your coverage will be done properly, follow our checklist, step by step!

While framing is essential to the structure of your home, roofing protects you from weather conditions and also preserves your structure. It also plays a significant role in terms of thermal comfort.

Depending on the material used, your blanket – if properly maintained – is expected to perform its role over time (between 15 years for shingle and more than 100 years for lauze).

Checking the correct implementation of the roofing is therefore a guarantee of peace of mind for a long time: our advice to prepare and monitor your site as well as possible.

Preamble: administrative procedures

Even when you redo your coverage exactly the same, it is always wise to check with your local council that the type of coverage that exists is still allowed.

If you choose a new material, create new openings in your roof or change the exterior appearance of your roof windows, you will have to go through the declaration of work box.

In the case of a raised roof or a change in the slope of the roof slope, a declaration of work or a building permit will be required.

Therefore, find out in advance about any local regulations and procedures to be followed, especially if you live in an architectural heritage protection zone.

Roof condition monitoring and associated diagnostics

The first thing to check when you start repairing your roof is the water path: is the slope of your current roof to standards, are the gutters properly designed and dimensioned, is the water flowing well on your property and not on that of your neighbour? A qualified roofer will naturally take these points into account before making his recommendations to you.

Three other assessments must be carried out in order to eliminate the following risks: asbestos, woodborers and heat loss. A diagnostician will examine your roof and will be able to tell you whether or not there is asbestos, parasites and the state of your roof insulation.
Finally, if you plan to modify the slope of your roof or have it raised, you will need to call on a design office to design your new roof and produce the plans and documents necessary for its implementation in accordance with the standards in force.

After having all these checks carried out, you can now choose your craftsman. Check carefully the company’s quality and reliability guarantees, its professional certificates, but also its insurance certificates, which must be up to date and attached to the estimate (Professional and Decennial Civil Liability). If you are looking for a reliable roofing company to repair your roof contact

The stages of the construction site

How to check the proper implementation of your new coverage without putting yourself in danger? By following the key stages of the site thanks to the reports of site meetings associated with photos… and especially by never climbing on the roof!

At the end of the work….

At the end of the work, you must draw up the acceptance report in the presence of the installer.

When receiving, pay particular attention to the finishes, especially the critical points that ensure good waterproofing:

the correct connection of the galvanizing elements;
the abergements, and the connection with the roof windows if you have them;
the installation of the edge tiles and the headband.

Don’t forget to archive all the documents of your site, from the upstream diagnostics to the acceptance report, including the estimate and invoice as well as the technical data sheets of the materials used for your renovation and the site reports.

In the event of any inconveniences, subsequent interventions on the roof or even in the context of the sale of your house, these documents will be very useful to you.

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