Most roofs last somewhere about 25 to 50 years. So, we think it’s safe to say that roof replacements aren’t an experience most people are very familiar with.
But that being said, getting a new roof can boost your home’s curb appeal, and therefore it is an exciting experience. But it’s also important to remember that roofs are relatively large structures and are made by putting together several different components. This means there’s a lot of room for error.
However, getting reliable new roof contractors on board can ensure a smooth experience.
Here are some other tips as well that can help you prepare for the replacement.
Make Sure to Keep Kids And Pets Away During Construction
Kids often wander into workspaces because they find it interesting, but it’s best to keep them at a safe distance. This is because a lot is going on during a roof replacement, there is material and tools around that could be hazardous to kids, and it can be difficult to constantly keep an eye on them, so it’s best if they stay away.
On the other hand, pets are typically very sensitive to loud noises from construction. They can feel anxious and restless. So, it’s best to keep them away too.
Prune the Trees and Trim the Grass
Tree branches that are too close to the roof will need to be trimmed. Usually, the roofing contractor will do it themselves before they start working, but you can get it done beforehand.
Also, it helps to trim the grass about a day before the installation begins. This is because there will be fallen debris, and while the roofers will probably use drop cloths around the house to protect plants, the trimmed grass will also be easier to clean later.
Remove Wall Art and Any Fixtures on The Ceiling
The roofing contractors will be using hammers and heavy machinery on the roof, which will result in quite a few vibrations throughout the house, especially on the top floor.
Make sure to remove all wall art, or anything you think isn’t fixed well enough to withstand the vibrations. You should also consider removing any chandeliers or other decorative fixtures on the ceilings.
Remove Or Cover Everything In The Attic
Your attic is situated right below the roof. So, during the roof replacement, it will be impacted significantly. There will be debris and a lot of dust.
Ideally, you should remove the items in the attic to a different room. But if in case that isn’t a possibility, make sure to cover everything with sheets or other protective gear. Without these measures, the cleanup afterward would feel like a nightmare.
Inform The Neighbors
Once you’ve set a date for your roof replacement, you should let the neighbors know.
Roof replacements are a noisy affair, and your neighbors would appreciate a little heads-up. They may want to send away their pets for a while or may want to reschedule certain commitments or events at home. Just let them know as common courtesy.
Also, you can make roof replacements easier for yourself by hiring a reliable local roofing company like Certified Pro Roofing in Pensacola, FL.
Give us a call for a free quote.