So, you finally decided it was time to replace your home’s roof. No doubt it took quite some time to research and interview roofers and ask for bids. Once you decide which roofer to work with, there are a few other things you need to do before the crew arrives for work. While a roofing crew has performed the task of stripping and replacing a roof hundreds of times, for most homeowners the process can prove to be disruptive if they aren’t prepared. To help you make the process less stressful, below you’ll find 10 things you need to do to make roofing easier to deal with.
Make sure you’re your vehicles are onto the street.
The night before the crew is due to arrive, you’d be well advised to move any vehicles you have in the garage or on the driveway to the street. Roofers tend to start early in the morning and the first thing that’s going to arrive is a dumpster where the crew will discard the old shingles. Then another truck will arrive with everything that’s needed to replace your old roof. While most roofing crews are conscientious when it comes to minimizing disruptions to your routine, if you park your vehicles in the garage you may find it impossible to get them out until the roofing job is complete. Not to mention the fact that the process may scatter a few roofing nails on your driveway that could puncture a tire. Since the process typically takes 2-3 days, your best bet is to park on the street until the job is finished and your property is cleaned up.
Put away any patio furniture and toys that are in your yard.
To do their job, roofers need to be able to access your roof from all four cardinal points of the compass. Additionally, some of the supplies needed to replace your roof may need to be stored in your fenced yard for security’s sake. The last thing you want is for the roofing crew to trip over toys or furniture. Plus, you probably wouldn’t like it if castoff shingles landed on your shiny gas grill. The best thing you can do to help the roofing crew is to create a 15-foot exclusion zone all around your home. This way you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt or anything getting damaged.
Protect your Plants.
While most roofers will place tarps over shrubs and flower beds, it wouldn’t hurt to talk to the supervisor about any plants you’re concerned about when he or she arrives prior to the arrival of the crew. This way the supervisor can mark the plants before telling the crew before they start stripping your roof. In fact, the walkaround is a good time to express any concerns you have about the process that’s about to begin.
Spotlights and Sprinklers
If you have permanently mounted spotlights and/or a buried sprinkler system, you need to point these out to the supervisor as well. He or she will mark them, so the crew won’t step on or trip over any of these devices.
When was the last time you had your lawn mowed?
Since part of the roofing process involves cleaning up after the job is done, it makes the crew’s job that much easier if the grass in your yard has been freshly mowed. Roof debris and nails are also easier to spot in short grass than they are in tall grass.
Whether you’re planning on staying at home while the roofers do their thing or you’re planning on being out, it’s vital that the crew has access to your yard and electrical outlets. This means you need to make sure gates are unlocked and either the garage is left unlocked or an extension cord is available in both the front and backyard.
If you own dogs, make sure they’re kept inside while the roofers work. Not only could an unexpected meeting between a roofer and your dog end badly, if your gate is open your pet could get loose. Not to mention you don’t want your dog to inadvertently step on any nails lying around in the yard. Your best bet for your pet’s safety is to take it out for walks rather than let it out back until the process is done and the yard has been sanitized of debris.
Even though the roofers won’t need access to your entire home, they will be tromping around on the roof. This can cause vibrations that can cause light fixtures to fall from the ceiling or fragile items stored in the attic to tumble over and break. The day before the crew arrives, it would be a good idea to remove light fixtures and remove or tarp fragile items stored in the attic. Last but not least, make sure that anything breakable doesn’t touch the outer walls of your home.
Another thing that you want to consider before the roofers arrive are your children. The noise and vibration inherent with a roof replacement guarantees that infants and tots won’t be able to nap and small children could be frightened at all the commotion. If your kids aren’t going to be in school, it’s better to have them stay with friends or family until the job is completed.
If you want to be a good neighbor, it would be a good idea to tell your neighbors about your upcoming roof replacement. This way they won’t be disturbed by the noise that will be going on for a couple of days. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask their permission for a roofer to enter their yard should a shingle happen to sail over your fence onto their property. This way the process won’t be a shock to their system, and you won’t tarnish your reputation as a good neighbor.
Now, you understand the best way to prepare for your roof replacement. To learn the stages of your roof replacement, check out our article: