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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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!