6 Ways To Prepare For Roof Replacement Day

Posted on: 31 March 2021

Shingled roofs are not designed to last forever. Eventually, they will break down and need to be replaced. When it comes time to replace your roof, here are a few more things to make your roof replacement process smoother. 

Way #1: Take Down Wall Decorations

When your old roof is removed, and a new roof is installed, there are going to be lots of vibrations that will travel not just through your roof but through the walls of your home. The vibrations will be louder if you have decking that needs to be repaired as well.

Go through each room in your home and remove any wall decorations that are not firmly and securely mounted to the wall. That includes taking down any little items that are sitting on shelves that are attached to your walls. Taking down anything that isn't screwed in will reduce the chance that the vibrations will cause those items to fall and break.

Way #2: Cover-Up Items in the Attic

If you have an attic that you can access and use to store items in, you will want to protect those items during your roof installation. Put a drop cloth or some old sheets on top of the items in your attic. This will keep small debris and dust that will be disturbed from the installation of your new roof from getting all over your items. Once the roof is installed, vacuum your attic and remove the coverings from your items. 

Way #3: Prune Back Vegetation

Finally, it is wise to prune back any vegetation that is growing on or near your roof. If you have any tree branches, for example, that are hanging over or near your roof, trim those back. This will make it easier for your roofing contractors to access and work freely around your roof.

Way #4: Remove Satellite Dishes & Antennas

If you have any satellite dishes or antennas from your cable or satellite provider, you will need to call them beforehand to have them remove and then reinstall these items. If the antennas or satellite dishes are working, your roofing contractor is not permitted to move them. They can, however, remove all antennas and satellite dishes that are not working. 

Way #5: Get Pets & Kids Out of the Way

Installing a new roof can be extremely loud, and that noise can be difficult for small children and pets to deal with, as the noise will last for the entire installation process and can be heard throughout your home. The installation process can easily take four to eight hours. 

It is a good idea, if possible, to take your pets and kids somewhere else for the day while your new roof is being installed so the noises will not disturb them for hours.

Way #6: Move Your Vehicles

The installation team is going to be bringing in lots of supplies to replace your roof. The shingles for your roof are really heavy, so the shorter the distance they have to carry them, the better. They are going to need to access tools in their truck throughout the installation process.

The roofing contractors will need to cart away all the old roofing material and may need to park a dumpster or trailer as close to your roof as possible. 

If you have a new roof installation planned, take some time to get your home ready. Give the contractors your driveway and close parking spots. Prune back vegetation that could be in the way. Takedown unsecured wall decorations inside of your house and keep pets and kids safe.

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The Importance Of Roof Repair

One day last month while it was raining outside, my wife and I noticed that water was dripping inside the house. We placed a bucket under the drip so the water wouldn't ruin the floor. The next day, I called a roofing company and a contractor came to the house and inspected our roof. The contractor discovered that several shingles were missing from our roof and that's what caused the leak. The day after the roof inspection, the roofers came to our home and replaced the missing shingles. That night it rained again and my wife and I were glad that the roof leak was fixed. My name is Timothy Warren and I'm writing this blog to inform others about roof leaks and the importance of roof repair. I hope that by reading this blog, you can avoid costly damage to your home because of a leaky roof.

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