Even though a professional roofing contractor will take care of most of the details surrounding the removal of your old roof and the installation of a new one, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home and your family to make things run as smoothly as possible. Here are my top tips:
Clear the driveway
Make sure that the roofing contractors have easy access to your home by clearing your driveway. You should park your car inside of your garage or out on the street as well to avoid potential damage. A clear driveway will make it easier for your contractor to move roofing materials from their vehicles to your roof, which will help speed up the installation process. There's a good chance they will need your driveway space as a collection spot for all the materials as well.
Clear out your yard
Not only do you want to make sure that nothing is in the way of the contractors that will be moving around your property, but you'll want to make sure that nothing can be damaged by any roofing materials. This means that you should move your gardening equipment, your patio furniture, your barbecue grill, your potted plants and anything else that might be kept outside indoors.
Clear out your attic
Dust and debris are likely to fall into the attic from the roof as it's being worked on, so remove everything stored in your attic to keep them from getting dirty or damaged.
Odds are you have a few items hanging from your walls, whether it's paintings, photographs or mirrors. If you want to be totally on the safe side, you may want to take these down. The work being done to your roof can result in vibrations to the house, which could cause items hanging from your walls to fall down.
Inform your neighbors
Installing a new roof is going to cause a lot of noise so with that in mind it may be a good idea to tell your neighbours so that they have a chance to make plans to leave their house if they know that the noise will bother them.
If you have any pets, you may want to plan to have them out of the house on the days of the roof installation. Pets can be very sensitive to noise, and the sounds of the contractors working outside may end up driving them nuts.
If you have children, remember a roof installation will require some amount of equipment and materials lying around. To play it safe make sure to supervise kids or inform older children to be careful until the installation and cleanup are completed by the roofing contractors.
I hope these tips are helpful and wishing you a safe and hassle free roof job. If you require a professional to assist, please contact my team at Class Eh! Roofing and we will get the job done right.
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Well we finally got a big snow storm in the niagara area and although we often think more about driving conditions than about snow on our roof, your roof is one of the hardest hit features of your home when the weather turns nasty.
Even if you have a well maintained roof, you may experience problems after a particularly bad blast of snow so here are a few tips to make sure you stay on top of things.
The first thing you should do after a winter storm is to walk around your house and assess any potential damage areas. Next, remove snow from your roof, but only if it’s safe to do so and you possess the proper tools.
If you own a one-story home with a low-pitched roof, a snow rake is a great way to help you pull snow drifts off your roof. No matter how many precautions you take, you might notice a series of issues that you can’t address by yourself — that’s when it’s time to call the professionals.
When to Contact a Professional
If your home is more than one story high and you aren’t physically able to clear snow from your roof — or if you’ve noticed damage to your roof caused by a winter storm — it’s time to call a professional. Our team of experts at Class Eh! Roofing can help with both the cleanup and repair of your damaged roof.
We’ll also help you restore your roof to its full operational condition and make sure it stays protected against future winter storm threats.
Give us a call or shoot us an email today.
Or fill out the top portion of the Request Estimate tab on our website at www.classehroofing.ca
Winters, even mild ones like the one we have had in niagara can be tough on your roof, especially if it’s an older roof.
A good roof inspection in the spring will show you the warning signs of damage that might need attention before they become problems. Here’s what look for:
1. Roofing Shingles
While getting up on a ladder for a closer look is best, you can also use a pair of binoculars to inspect the roof’s shingles. Look for signs of wear on the shingles which will show up as bare areas where the protective gravel coating has been scraped off by things like debris, wind and snow.
Also look for any raised edges. These can be caused by water getting under the shingle, freezing and lifting the shingle when it does.
Especially if you have older trees around your home, your eavestroughs have been collecting things throughout the winter. Without being cleared, the debris can hold water which can back up and get in under the edges of your roof.
Flashing is used to stop water from getting in between them and the roof. The melting and freezing of snow and ice can pull the flashing away from the roof and if that happens, moisture may be able to get under the flashing and into your home.
Professional Roof Inspections are a good idea as the spring season moves in. While you can do a roof inspection yourself, if you have a multi-level home or a particularly large roof, it may be difficult to properly inspect the entire roof.
The best way to avoid expensive roof repairs is to have your roof inspected by a professional every spring and fall.
Call or email my team at Class Eh! Roofing if you need assistance. 289-687-6924
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!