Introduction To Roof Replacement
Getting a completely brand new roof can be a very exciting experience for the entire family. Kids and pets may watch and observe roofer’s work: ripping, tearing, hauling, nailing, and so on.
However, once the roofing company shows up, your house is becoming a work zone. As you might know, work zones pose unexpected hazards, and kids and pets might want to sneak as close as possible to the action!
That’s why we have pulled together a list of the 12 tips to prepare for roof replacement.
While our highly trained and knowledgeable crew follows the highest industry standards and always makes sure that replacement of your roof is as seamless and stress free as possible, there are always some things you can do to prepare for roof replacement in order to make sure you, your family, and your pets are ready for this huge undertaking!
We invite you to keep reading to discover our 12 great tips for smooth and stress free replacement of your roof.
What To Expect During A Residential Roof Replacement
No matter what type of roof you have. Every replacement process is going to be the same.
- Step 1: Property protecting
- Step 2: Removing the old roof
- Step 3: The inspection
- Step 4: Preparing the roof surface
- Step 5: The water & ice shield
- Step 6: Installation of new roof
- Step 7: Cleaning up the site
- Step 8: The final inspection
12 Tips To Prepare For Roof Replacement
Tip #1 - Cover valuable things and store fragile items
Let’s make one thing crystal clear right here at the beginning. Professional roofers will do everything it takes to limit the debris and dust.
However, there is no way to completely avoid particles, dust, and other falling objects getting onto exposed furniture and areas.
That’s why you have to cover your valuable furniture with drop cloths and carefully store all of your fragile items. It is in your best interest to protect those items when roof construction is being performed on your house.
During a roof replacement Riverside, a number of roof installers will be moving over your roof, doing things like pounding it with hammers. You can keep your items cleaner by covering them with drop cloths or old sheets until the job is done! Along with that, be prepared to do some teeny tiny vacuuming after the construction is finished!
Tip #2 – Remove antennas/satellite dishes
If you have any of those located on or near your roof, you have to remove them. Call your provider to make an appointment before the roofing company begins with work.
In case that it is some old or non-working unit, almost any roofing contractor will remove and dispose of it for you!
Tip #3 – Set up safe areas for kids to play
Kids like kids – they adore playing outside. As we said, work zones are extremely unsafe for small kids. Although it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, kids might be tempted to come near.
You will have to set up safe areas at a safe distance for kids to play. Not only that, talk to them and explain to them diligently that some areas of the yard will be off-limits until the roof project is over!
Tip #4 – Think about pets; put them in the quietest area in the home
Loud annoying noises coming from the top of your roof may increase your pet’s anxiety and sleep habits. Although pets might enjoy all that crowd outside, work zones are unsafe for pets as well.
Therefore, think beforehand about how to provide a safe and quiet place for your pet. Their ears are way more sensitive to sound than ours are, so find a peaceful location for them.
Tip #5 – Find a new spot for your vehicle
You will have to give way your prime parking space to a roofing contractor – it’s unavoidable. Wondering why so?
It’s quite obvious. Roof contractors need easy and quick access to their trucks and tools throughout the day.
They also need to be close to vehicles to load debris and shingles. You will want to keep your transport at a safe distance from the working area until the work is done.
Tip #6 – Take off wall decorations
Some slight levels of vibrations – while workers are on the roof – are normal, but you shouldn’t worry about that. It is nothing strange! Those vibrations are consequences of hammering and other work and can affect the home walls, especially those on higher floors.
Hence, if you have any pictures or decorative items hanging on the walls, it would be best for you to remove them to prevent them from falling off and getting broken. This includes framed photos, paintings, mirrors, and so on.
Tip #7 – Cut grass and prune trees
Tree branches that hang low around the roof must be trimmed before the roofing contractor can start the work.
On the other hand, short grass is better, making cleanup quicker and easier. Not to mention that fallen debris is easier to spot.
Tip #8 – Secure all windows
Falling debris and vibrations can scratch or do some damage to the windows.
Make sure to secure them with some boards as long as the replacement of your roof takes.
Tip #9 – Turn sprinkler system off
This one is pretty obvious. You don’t want your roof constructors getting wet!
Tip #10 – Decide if you are staying home
Replacement of your roof takes some time and is loud – even louder inside of your home.
If you or someone from your family work from home or just plan on staying there, talk about it- you might want to find another place to stay.
Tip #11 – Don’t set the security alarm
If you decided to find another place for that period – lock your doors but don’t set your alarm!
Tip #12 – Let your close neighbors know
Last but not least. Let your neighbor know what’s going on so they can prepare. They will appreciate that!