You became concerned about your roof, called a reputable contractor to evaluate its condition, received his inspection report, determined how to fund your roof replacement cost, and scheduled a date for the work to begin. You may think that all you have left to do is wait for the contractor to secure the materials and begin installing your new roof. However, in the days leading up to the work, you should do a few things to ensure that the job goes as smoothly as possible. Five categories of tasks involve the inside of your home, your exterior spaces, your children and pets, your attached garage, and your attic.
How to Prepare for a Home Roof Replacement
How Do I Prepare the Interior of My Home for a Roof Replacement?
Roof replacements require workers to walk on your roof and use hammers and power tools. The vibrations can dislodge items hanging on your walls, move lightweight items perched on shelves or countertops, or jar delicate items stored in your cabinets. Whether their value is monetary or sentimental, treasured items should be removed from walls, cabinets, or shelves to ensure that they do not fall and suffer damage. You might even want to remove chandeliers or other delicate, expensive light fixtures.
How Do I Prepare the Exterior of My Home for a Roof Replacement?
Often, a contractor will include the tasks that a homeowner needs to complete as part of his roof inspection report or job quote. If you have any questions about who is responsible for what, be sure to contact your contractor. In general, however, when getting new roofing homeowners are usually responsible for trimming any branches that will interfere with the work, moving toys and patio furniture at least 15 feet away from the exterior walls, mowing the lawn just before the scheduled start date, and marking or protecting any delicate plants near the foundation. You should also pick out a spot to park your vehicle; your contractor will need to make use of your driveway, and you may not be able to access your vehicle if you park it in the garage. If you will not be home during the installation, unlock your gates or provide your contractor with a key.
How Do I Deal With My Children and Pets When I Am Having New Roofing Installed?
Often, the best way to deal with children and pets is to find somewhere else for them to be during the work. Replacement roofs involve a great deal of noise that can distress youngsters and pets. Furthermore, the work zone can be a dangerous place. Do not leave your pets outside, and do not allow your children to play outside without close supervision.
How Do I Prepare My Garage for a Replacement Roof?
If you do not need your car, you can leave it in your garage, but you should cover it with a blanket or tarp. Garage roofs typically have little insulation, so granules can fall through when your shingles are being installed. The granules can accumulate on your car, scratching the paint when you wipe or brush them away. If necessary, remove any breakable items hanging on the walls or precariously perched on the shelves. To make it easier to clean up, cover items inside your garage with tarps or blankets.
How Do I Prepare My Attic for a Roof Replacement?
Preparing your attic is very similar to organizing your garage or your living spaces. However, many homeowners lean items against the walls when storing them in an attic. Mirrors, framed photographs, and similar items should be placed in a flat position and protected. To keep the attic cleaner, cover boxes and other items with lightweight tarps to catch any dust or granules that fall.
For the Superior Roofing Homeowners Need, Contact Alpha
Alpha Roofing provides a variety of roofing services to homeowners in Central Texas. We install flat and asphalt shingle replacement roofs, metal roofing systems, and skylights. We also repair flashing and chimneys, offer emergency roof repairs, and remove moss and debris. Our reputation is exemplary and is based on the high quality of our work, our dedication to superior customer service, and our professionalism. To request a free roof inspection report and quote, call us at 512-777-1086 or fill out the online form.