How to Prepare for Your New Roof Installation
Installing a new roof for your home is one of the best investments you can make for your property. So you probably wonder how to prepare for your new roof installation? There are several things you can do to ensure the job unfolds as smoothly as possible. Here are five tips to keep in mind before the roofers arrive.
1. Ensure Access to Your Roof
It’s obvious that the roofing contractors will need full access to your roof. Although professional roofers try to work as cleanly as they can, removing an old roof and installing a new one takes up a lot of space around the outside of your home. To protect outdoor items from debris and ensure the roofers can work as efficiently as possible it’s important to clear driveways and sidewalks before the crew arrives.
If you can, try to move vehicles and other items away from your driveway. They will park their garbage bin in the driveway for the easiest cleanup. You may also think that putting your car in the garage is a good idea however, roofs are usually not insulated, so shingle granules and nails will drop through the roof as the roofers work. The granules will then gather on your car and will scratch the paint as you wipe them away. The safest place for your vehicle is on the street. Similarly, if you have patio furniture, grills, or other items near the house, you should also consider moving them into the garage or covering them with a tarp or plastic sheeting while the work is performed.
2. Remove Valuables from the Attic
Roofers with a lot of experience will try to minimize the dust and debris that comes from your roof’s installation, but it’s hard to avoid the inevitable of some dust. If you store valuable items in your attic, it would be wise to move them to a safer spot until the roof is installed. If you cannot move the items, the next best thing is to cover them with something to protect them from dust and shingle debris.
3. Prep the Inside
Any type of heavy construction on your home’s frame can cause strong vibrations that shift mirrors and photos on the walls. The vibrations from the construction equipment used to install your roof can knock decorations off walls, so you should take them down ahead of time. This could include mirrors, pictures, wreaths, and more. Be sure to be extra thorough on the top floor because it will move more.
4. Prep the Outside
Although expert roofing contractors perform a thorough clean-up once a roofing installation is complete, you should still take some extra steps to ensure that the clean up after the installation goes as smooth as possible. This can include, cutting your grass to a short length, as nails can easily get missed when they fall into the long grass. Or if you have a satellite on your roof, you should work with your cable provider to move it while your roof is being installed.
Other things to look for is if you have flowerbeds or landscaping around your home, it’s a good idea to protect them from dust and debris by covering them with tarps or plastic. It’s also a good idea to remove any hanging plants while the new roof is being installed.