Roof replacements are no small task. The resources and space needed for the entire process can cause worries about your property getting damaged. Especially if you have invested a lot of time and effort in renovating and upgrading your landscaping. The curated flower beds, pavers, patio, and backyard are probably the highlight of the home and the thought of them getting damaged during the roof replacement process is something to question.
Thus, making this a common question that buzzes around your mind when the time to replace your roof arrives. When it comes to damage to your property during the process of roof replacement, yes the possibility is there. But, there are ways in which your property should be protected. For this, getting in touch with the right contractor matters. One that is professional and skilled in their techniques. You don’t want a contractor practicing on your property, right? In addition, having a clear idea of the process along with a detailed conversation with your contractor can go a long way.
Here are some of the options that you can discuss with your roofing contractor to ensure minimal damage is caused to your property during roof replacement.
Is Tarping On The List?
During the tear-off process, placing a tarp around the landscape can be done. This is usually done around the base of the home to keep your landscape and foliage protected. The contractor ensures this method is carried out efficiently by securing a tarp from the edge of your roof to the ground at an angle.
Tarping is a common practice that is performed to keep your grass or any flower beds surrounding your home safe. When done securely, you can sit back and relax while the roof replacement is being done. All the debris and material that is generated from the roof replacement is sure to slide down the tarp, keeping your foliage sheltered.
The tarp can also be placed over your swimming pool. Even the slightest bit of fiberglass that falls from the roof can get stuck in the filter of your pool. This can cause damage to the pump and add more inconvenience to the project. Having the tarp covering your pool especially if you do not have a sturdy pool cover is an important safety protocol that should not be left out.
Where Are Vehicles And Supplies Going To Be Stationed?
Paved surfaces are where you want your contractor’s to park their vehicles. This can be communicated to your contractor, though professional contractors are sure to value your property and be mindful of this themselves. Utilizing paved surfaces such as your driveway can help prevent damage to your lawn – you don’t want any tire tracks or depressions on your grass. In this manner, your sprinkler systems, septic tanks, and power lines are sure to be kept secure as well.
That’s not all, there are several other measures you can adopt to be extra careful. Here are 3 tips you can keep in mind.
1. Protection Measures For Your Attic
Roof replacement includes a complete tear-off of your old materials and this can produce a lot of dust. This can end up in your attic storage area. Moreover, the hammering and nailing process during shingle installation can further add to the debris combined with a fall out of wood splinters. If your attic isn’t cleared out or covered, everything that you have stored up there can be covered up in construction dust, making it a mess to clean up later.
For this, a plastic covering or tarp on your attic ceiling can help. This will collect all the fallout and make the cleanup process easy.
2. Clearing Up Of The Area Around Your Patio and Deck
When it comes to your patio and deck you want to make sure everything gets cleared and moved out of the way.
You can ask your contractor if they would be assisting in this process – though most contractors usually do this for you..
A well-designed and furnished patio is what gives your property a boost in value and brings your home to life. You don’t want to compromise on having it damaged in any way.
Remove any hanging items such as potted plants and any wall décor to minimize the risk of falling and breaking. For items that cannot be moved such as a grill connected to your gas line, a plywood shelter can be made to cover it up. Once the roof replacement process has been completed, everything can be placed back to where it was.
3. Prepping Your Landscape
To make the process easier and faster, you might want to prune your tree if they hang low on your roof. Trimming them before the contractor starts the work is often recommended by experts to protect your foliage. In addition, trimming the grass a day before the work begins can help make cleanup easier in case there is any debris that does fall onto your lawn.
The Bottom Line
Roof replacements are a costly investment to keep your home protected. This is why you do not want any additional damage to your property that can add to the repair cost. An investment such as this should be done with mitigation in the risks to your property’s value and structure. So, before getting started communicate your concerns to your contractor. Having the conversation of the protection procedures as part of the roof replacement process is an indication of a skillful and professional roofing contractor. To understand the rest of the roofing process, check out our article, "The 9 Step Process to Your Roof Replacement." With all your research done and out of the way, you should now be ready to sit back and have your lovely new roof installed without worrying about any other property damage happening. We hope you will enjoy your beautiful new roof for many years to come!