So, you have purchased a new roof. Congratulations! The good news is, a new roof is one of the best investments you can make for the longevity and structure of your home. However, the installation of a new roof is quite a substantial process, and the easiest way to ensure a fast and smooth installation is to adequately prepare. That is why we have put together our top five tips to help you prepare for an easy and quick installation of your new roof.
Tip 1: Make Sure Installers Have Access to Your Home
Before having your new roof installed, it is a good idea to clear one side of your driveway for the easy collection of roofing materials. Furthermore, you do not want any of your vehicles (boats, RVs, cars or trailers) to be damaged in the installation process, so we advise parking all vehicles away from the installation area. And, to properly clean up during and after the installation of your roof, you will need to give your installers access to all areas of your front and backyard. Ensure gates are unlocked during the times your installers will be there, and that any pets are secure inside your home.
Tip 2: Safeguard Your Attic and Stored Items
Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to ensure the items in your attic, as well as the attic space itself, is kept neat and tidy during the installation of your new roof. While your roofing installers will of course clean debris from the attic and do their best to be careful with all your belongings, there is no certain way to ensure all dust and debris is kept away from stored attic items. Any items that would be harmed by dust or debris, or that are fragile or sentimental, should be moved somewhere else in the house during installation. Also, take care when opening your attic entrance post-installation as there is likely to be some remaining dust or debris.
Tip 3: Supervise Your Children
A new roof essentially turns your home into a temporary construction site, which can often attract the interest of young children. However, it is vital you keep them away from the work area, as it is very dangerous. Furthermore, some equipment and materials will remain around your home while your new roof is being installed. Items like sharp metal flashing, nails, ladders and other similar items can be hazardous to children of all ages. It is important you keep your children safe by reminding them of the possible dangers of these items and supervising them at all times while the installers are working.
Tip 4: Keep Your Pets Safe
Having a new roof installed is disruptive to the whole household, including your fur babies. The noise and presence of new people may cause some pets to become anxious or hostile. Also, with installers constantly entering and exiting your property, it is important you keep an eye on your pets, or lock them inside. Some homeowners choose to board their pets with family, friends or their vet during the installation of a new roof.
Tip 5: Let Your Neighbors Know
While it is not essential, it is common courtesy to let your neighbors know there will be construction going on around your home. Let them know in advance, if possible, that the impending project may cause a temporary increase in noise and traffic. Letting your neighbors know in advance allows them to move their cars if required, and also sets a positive tone in the unlikely event they have an issue during or after the installation of your new roof. A good roofing company will clean up during and after the installation process in order to minimize the inconvenience to you and your neighbors.