A Visual Guide to the Roofing Process

Joyland Roofing | October 23, 2020  | By: Joyland Roofing

If this is your first time going through a roof replacement, there are a lot of unknowns! Even if this is your 5th roof replacement, you may not be aware of what each of the steps are. We want to make sure that you’re equipped with the knowledge and awareness of what the process is.

  • Preparing to Get on the Roof
  • Removing Existing Materials
  • Installing Moisture-Resistant Protection
  • Receiving New Roofing Materials
  • New Material Installation
  • Cleaning Up

Follow us through the roof replacement process in the form of GIFs below!

Step 1: Equipping to Get on the Roof


All of our job sites are OSHA Compliant. Safety is the first step when we show up to any location! We assess the hazards at the property and put on our fall protection systems to make sure our crew can work all day without accidents.


Man putting on safety harness for roofing work


Step 2: Removing Existing Roofing Materials


We place a dumpster on or near your property. This allows us to collect all of the old roofing materials, typically shingles. All the old roofing materials are torn off your roof and disposed of. Your roof deck is inspected to make sure it’s still tight and strong with no areas of concern. If we find a board or two that need replaced, we will do so prior to continuing the replacement process – and we will let you know!


3 people on a roof with safety harnesses removing fabric


Debris is removed from the roof carefully to prevent damage to your property. We put tarps around your home so that as shingles and nails fall to the ground, your home’s exterior and landscaping is protected.


2 people on a roof removing materials


Step 3: Installing Extra Protection


Water-resistant underlayment is rolled out as the first layer to cover your roof, and tacked down thoroughly. The underlayment is installed over the roof decking to prevent any moisture seeping through to the interior of your home.


Person walking on roof carrying protection materials


Step 4: Receiving New Roofing Materials

Shingle Delivery

For most residential homes, we are installing shingled roofs. Shingles are delivered on a boom truck and unloaded directly onto your roof. This can happen at different points in the job, depending on the size of the roof. The materials typically get delivered mid-tear off.


machine carrying roofing materials to people standing on roof


Step 5: New Material Installation


The most exciting part of getting a new roof! Your material of choice is installed using chalk lines to make sure the rows are straight and look excellent. Our crew is installing architectural asphalt shingles in the example below!


Man on roof installing shingles



Flashing is metal that is used to keep transitions in your roof watertight – like where your roof meets a wall or chimney. Flashing is detailed work that makes your roof look great and protects it from water as it sheds down the roof.


person putting chimney flashing and ridge went on chimney on top of roof


Step 6: Cleaning Up

Clean Up

We know that protecting your property is one of our most important jobs. We clean your property thoroughly by walking around to pick up loose debris and perform a magnet sweep to get any missed nails. We will leave your yard just like we found it, if not cleaner!

Your Project Supervisor will then revisit the property once the job has been entirely completed and dumpsters removed to ensure everything is to your standards!


Man throwing roofing material into trash


Back To Your Normal Life

Our goal is to be as unintrusive as possible, and leave no mess and no worry. You and your family can smoothly return to your normal life with a brand new roof.


How to Start the Process

Get in touch with us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation reroofing estimate for your home today!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in October 2020.

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