The roof is the primary component of the home, providing protection and security from inclement weather, pests, and other potential threats – that is, when it’s in optimum condition. When the structure begins to show age or wear and tear, problems can occur like leaks causing damage to the home’s interior. At that point, a roofing contractor will need to do an inspection to determine if repairs can be made or if a roof replacement will be necessary. The prospect of having a new roof put on can be exciting since this is an opportunity to change the aesthetic of the home’s entire exterior. But the work will disrupt every aspect of the household until the project is complete. The entire area becomes a designated “work zone,” making it hazardous for anyone in the area. That means homeowners need to prepare before the roofers come onto the property, taking every precaution once the work begins, especially if any small children or pets live in the home.
The goal of the contractors is to ensure the project goes smoothly with as little stress as possible. Let’s look at a few tips that can help make the process more seamless.
Tips For A Seamless Roof Replacement
When roofers arrive on the scene of a new project, the household becomes their “work zone.” That means the home and the surrounding property are now hazardous areas, unsafe, especially for small children and pets to be wandering around. It’s vital in the days before the roofing professional’s arrival for you to reach out to the contractors to find out how to prepare so the project is less stressful for those working on the project and everyone living in the home. Some cautionary tips to follow for a seamless roof replacement include:
● Small children and pet arrangements
Small children and pets are equally curious when something happens out of their ordinary routine. But when these occurrences send out loud noises and disrupt the usual activity, it can create anxiety and interrupt standard sleep patterns. It can be a challenge also to get little ones to understand they can’t go into certain spaces within the household or outdoors. Danger doesn’t translate to a tiny tot. In these instances, it might be a whole lot less stressful for everyone, especially the kids and pets, to visit with a close friend or family member.
● Move the autos
The contractors will need access to the yard and the driveway. That means the autos will need to be moved to the street or perhaps a neighboring driveway until the work is complete. The work goes much faster when the professionals have immediate access to their equipment and their vehicles to unload and load materials and debris. Keeping your car safely away from where the work is happening will prevent possible damage. An extra precaution is to ensure that the garage doors remain closed throughout the job to minimize debris and dust from getting into the space.
● Household decorations
Removing a roof and rebuilding will involve a great deal of vibration from the equipment and tools coming through the structure to some of the interior walls, particularly if the decking needs repairs. The recommendation is to go through the spaces directly below the roof level to remove items that aren’t secured in place. That can include wall hangings without permanent screws holding them in place, things hanging from the ceiling, knickknacks, and light fixtures, including fragile chandeliers as a safety precaution.
● Heirlooms and antiques
The attic space will see small debris and dust because there will be many installers moving around on the structure’s surface, taking out the old and rebuilding. If there are antiques or heirlooms in the area, it’s good to cover these with tarps or old sheets until the work is complete. Afterward, it will likely be necessary to vacuum after removing the coverings to get up the dust left behind.
● Outdoor decorations
Whether you have a patio or deck or perhaps lawn ornaments near the house, it’s essential to take any furnishings, grills, decorations, or anything that you don’t want to be damaged into a shed or the garage for storing until completion of the project. That includes container plants or vegetation sitting around the work zone. If you don’t have a shed or a garage for storage, you’ll need to carry the items out of the designated hazardous area to keep them safe. It’s essential to remember to have the area cleared and ready for the contractors before the workday. The professionals will not be responsible for helping to move personal objects either inside the home or on the exterior.
Before the project begins, you need to ensure that all landscaping is taken care of. That means any branches hanging low to the roof should be trimmed so the contractor can work in a clean and safe space. The roofer will place drop cloths over the grass and foliage in the direct vicinity of the household to protect the area from falling debris. These workers ask that the grass be cut the day before the roofing project starts. Cleanup will go much faster in short grass, where debris will be more evident, allowing for a thorough sweep.
A roofing replacement is exciting for the homeowner and can be a positive, safe experience when all the necessary precautions are taken. Not only does that relieve pressure and tension for the people living in the home, but it makes the work environment stress-free for the crew coming to do the project. One component you might not think of is the neighbors. It’s a courtesy to speak to those in the community closest to you to let them know you’re having work done since there will be a disruption to their normally quiet environment.
When everyone is prepared for a roof replacement, the process should be entirely straightforward and seamless.