There is no arguing your roof is one of the most crucial components of your home. Yet, if and when, your roof needs repairing or replacing, it can be a stressful time. It is certainly a big home improvement project, and there are some important things you should know in order to prepare for your new roof to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
The first thing you should do is have a professional roofing contractor thoroughly inspect your home, including the interior, exterior, and any attic space or storage area. This visual inspection will identify any other potential issues with your home, giving you extra confidence in the integrity and safety of your home following the repair or replacement of your roof. In this article, we have listed some of the ways you can prepare for a new roof, helping you ensure the installation goes as seamlessly as possible.
Noise, Debris and Dust
Repairing or installing a new roof is a big project, and there is no way to totally avoid noise, debris and dust. That is why it is best to make plans to be away from your home during working hours to avoid the noise. Also consider the comfort of your pets, understanding that the noise can cause them stress. It possible to take them out of the home or secure them on a first floor or basement farther away from the rooftop. Thankfully, the noise shouldn’t last for more than a few days (depending on the size of your home) with the end result a beautiful, new roof. It is also a good idea to let neighbors know about your project to avoid any unpleasant confrontations.
It is also worth noting a new roof can cause dust to fall through lighting, venting or any other ceiling openings. So, if anyone in your home has severe allergies or asthma, it is advisable you stay away during the work hours when the most dust is likely to be present.
Protecting the Inside of Your Home
The process of installing a new roof means there will be people walking around on your roof and repeatedly using nail guns and/or multiple hammers, which can cause some noticeable vibrations. You will likely hear and feel the installers on the roof of your home removing your old roof, moving materials around, hammering, sawing, and so on. You can reduce the risk of falling object hazards or breakage by taking down any loose or fragile items from the walls and shelves inside your home.
Protecting the Outside of Your Home
A trustworthy and experienced roofing contractor will avoid any major damage and minimize any minor damage to the exterior of your home. They should take precautions such as covering heating and cooling units, covering windows and have a designated debris area to prevent damage to your yard. A good roofing contractor will also take steps to prevent gutter damage by using attachments to prevent their ladders from resting on the gutters of your home and causing any dents or scratches.
Children and Pets
The process of installing a new roof can certainly pique the curiosity of young children, but it is vital they are kept away from the worksite at all times. Materials and equipment like metal flashing, nails, and ladders can be a major hazard to children, so it is important you supervise them at all times. The same goes for pets, with nails and other sharp objects posing a serious safety hazard. Furthermore, the noise and presence of unknown people can cause anxiety in some animals, so it might be wise to board your pet with family or friends during the installation.
Easy Access to Your Home
This one might seem obvious, but it is a step many homeowners miss. Before the installation of your new roof begins, it is a good idea to clear one side of your driveway for the collection of the roofing materials. And, it is advisable you move all cars, RVs, trailers and boats into a protected area away from the installation area to prevent any damage. Lastly, you will also need to provide your installers access to all areas of your yard so they can properly clean up after each part of the installation. It is important if you are keeping pets at home during the installation that they are secured as gates may be left open during the process for easy access.