Is a home roof replacement in your near future?
roofing projects are large and extensive, so it’s no surprise if you feel a bit anxious about it. Don’t worry; the average roof lasts anywhere between 15 and 50 years, so it’s unlikely that you will have to replace your home’s roof again.
However, prior to your contractors’ start date, you should prepare your home for the project. Here are some things to do before your roof is replaced.
Clear Your Driveway
You may be tempted to park your car in the driveway on the day your contractors first arrive, but save them your space instead. Parking your car on the street or in your garage keeps your vehicle safe.
Also, your contractors will appreciate having close access to their tools as they work. If your driveway is clear, the roofing crew will be able to drop unnecessary shingles and other materials freely without worrying that they might hit your car.
Clear Your Yard
While you’re stowing your vehicle away from the work zone, remember to clean up your yard. The day before your roofing project begins, take time to do the following to give your contractors ample space:
- Cut any branches that might touch the roof
- Mow your lawn
- Remove any potted plants, patio furniture, and backyard cooking appliances
- Move any toys or playground equipment
Consider mowing your grass just one day before your roofing crew shows up. This way, your grass is as short as possible, enabling easy cleanup after the project is done.
Secure Your Indoors
Do you have artwork or delicate fixtures hanging on your walls or ceiling?
Anytime roofing work is being done, your walls and ceiling may suffer slightly from the impact. For instance, as shingles are being nailed onto your home, gravity can cause your walls to shake a bit.
Prevent your light fixtures and decorations from getting damaged by taking them down. This way, you also ensure that no one inside your home is hurt if your decorations do fall.
Clear Your Attic
Do you use your attic as a storage space?
If so, now is a good time to protect your stored items by moving them to a lower level. Since your attic is right beneath your roof, you can expect some debris to cover its surface as the project continues.
If you don’t want to move all of your things from your attic, you can simply cover them with a tarp or a protective fabric. Expect to do some vacuuming or sweeping in your attic once the roof is replaced.
Keep Kids Inside During Home Roof Replacement
Finally, remember to keep your kids and pets away from the work zone. Not only will your cutest family members be a distraction to your roofing crew, but they can get injured by falling debris or a stray nail.
If you feel like your kids may be stressed from the noise and commotion of your roofing project, set up a play date for them away from your home. Do the same for your pets if they cannot be inside or if they are easily stressed.
Ready for a New Roof?
Are you a bit less anxious about your upcoming home roof replacement?
Using the above checklist can help both you and your contractors enjoy a smoother renovation.
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