When the time comes to have your home's roof replaced, there are some preparation steps that you should consider beforehand. In fact, when you book your roofing contractor to do the work for you, he or she may actually tell you that you need to prepare the property in advance. If you've never had any roofing work done, here's a look at what you need to know about making sure that your home is ready before the roofers show up to do the work.
Roofing contractors will be working outside your home, so it only makes sense that your initial preparation should be focused outside in your yard. Remember that roofing contractors, unlike other home improvement contractors, are far more likely to need to install scaffolding or use ladders, so you should clear out anything that's in your yard to allow them plenty of room for their equipment and to work.
Consider the fact that your roofing contractors may have to drive vehicles or other equipment onto your lawn to ease the transporting of materials. Roofing shingles can be considerably heavier than many other home improvement materials, so you'll want to ask your contractors about whether or not you need to mark your in-ground irrigation system for their trucks.
Also, clear your vehicles out of the driveway to clear space for the roofing contractors to park and for the roll-off dumpster to be placed. Roofing replacement often requires larger dumpsters than many other home improvement projects because of the amount of material that's removed from your roof in the process.
Ask your roofing contractors what size the dumpster will be and how much room you'll need for its delivery. Then, select a level, flat spot that's structurally sound, such as at the head of your driveway, for the company to place the dumpster before the project.
The day before the contractors arrive, mow your grass if possible. The shorter the grass in your yard, the easier it will be to find and address forgotten tools or equipment as well as dropped roofing nails and other issues. Roofing contractors typically have large magnets that they use to attract dropped roofing nails, but the shorter your grass is, the easier it is for the magnet to work.
You probably don't think much about indoor preparations when it comes to roofing replacement. After all, the roofers aren't coming into your house. The truth is, however, that roofing replacement can pose some hazards inside your home as well.
With most home improvement projects, the noise and any vibration will usually be isolated to the immediate area of the work. However, roofing work generates vibrations that will carry throughout your entire home because the work is being done at the apex of the structure. This means that you should consider how those vibrations could affect things inside your house. Take pictures down off the walls before the roofing replacement starts so that none of them are damaged in the midst of the work.
You should also think about any china cabinets, dishware displays, or other fragile items that may be damaged by those vibrations. You can't isolate things to a single area of the house like you would with other repair work, so you have to secure anything that's fragile in advance of the roofing repairs.
Your attic will suffer the bulk of the debris issue with roofing work because roofing repairs are immediately overhead of that area. You'll have roofing underlayment, insulation, and similar debris fall in your attic during the roofing replacement because of the work location and nature of this type of project. As a result, you should make sure to protect anything in your attic from debris damage with tarps or other protective material.
Talk with your roofing replacement contractor today about any other considerations that might apply.