ARBUCKLE — When it comes to replacing a roof, many homeowners are unfamiliar with the process. To get some clarification, read the following step-by-step overview.

1. First, the homeowner must request bids from one or more roofing contractors. Once a bid is accepted, the homeowner will typically give the contractor a down payment. As per California state law, the down payment must be no more than $1,000 or 10 percent of the project estimate—whichever is less. Additionally, the contractor should provide a Notice of Cancellation form, which the homeowner can use within the three-day “cooling period” following the contract signing if they change their mind.

2. Once the down payment is received and the job is scheduled, the work will begin. The first step is to remove the old roofing materials and check the integrity of the roof deck beneath. If any dry rot is found, it’ll need to be repaired before the job can progress. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if dry rot is present in advance, and it can delay the project’s completion.

3. After the roof materials have been removed (and any dry rot issues are dealt with), an inspector will come out to inspect the deck. Pending approval, the work will continue and the materials will be delivered to the jobsite. At this point, the contractor will typically ask for another payment from the homeowner. Once the payment is received, the contractor will go to work installing the new roofing materials and completing the job.

4. Once the roof replacement is complete, it’s time for the final inspection. In addition to inspecting the roof, the inspector will enter the premises and check to confirm Title 24 compliance. One compliance requirement that’s often overlooked is having functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the correct places. If everything is up to code, the inspector will sign off and the contractor will give the homeowner the final invoice.