So, you have made the decision to move forward with a roof replacement. What’s next? Well there are a few things you can do to prepare for the job. Roof replacements are a large project but by following these tips, your roof replacement will be stress-free and seamless.
1. Keep the kids and pets in mind
One thing about roof replacements is certain….noise. These noises may disturb sleep habits and even cause some anxiety in young children. Prep your kids about what is to come. Explain to them that certain areas of your yard will be off limits during construction. Work areas can be extremely unsafe for both children and pets. You may even find it to be a good idea to visit friends and relatives during the hours that the roofers are working just to avoid the potential of a mishap.
2. Move your vehicles
If you customarily park your cars outdoors and close to your home, you will definitely want to move them. Also, make certain your roofing contractor has what are normally considered prime parking spots. They will need access to tools and may even bring equipment in to lift bundles of shingles onto the roof. If you park indoors, you might want to keep your car outside during the roof replacement to ensure you do not get parked in.
3. Cover items in the attic
During a roof replacement, there will be numerous roofers walking on your roof and pounding it with hammers. All this action means there will be dust or small debris falling in your attic. If you use your attic for storage, covering those items will keep them safe. Be prepared to do some light dusting once construction is complete.
4. Move grills and patio furniture
Much like vehicles, you will want to keep items like your grill and outdoor furniture clear of the work zone. Moving potted plants would be a wise move as well. This is particularly true if the existing layer of shingles is being removed. Your contractor will likely put drop cloths down to protect in-ground plants, but if you can move anything, do so just to be on the safe side.
5. Prune trees and cut grass
Are there tree limbs near your home? Do they overhang your roof? They will have to go to accommodate the roofers. Also, cut your grass the day before work begins. Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your grass thus making cleanup easier.
6. Know where your outdoor outlets are
This may seem simple but make sure you know where power will be accessible. Your contractor will need access to power for charging cordless tools and providing electric to power equipment. Outdoor outlets are preferred, but garage outlets are fine. Just be aware there will be extension cords in use.
By following these few tips for Gettysburg homeowners on roof replacements, your roofing job will go off without a hitch. Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call, and find out just how flawless your next roofing replacement job can be.