6 Ways To Prepare Your Home for a Roof Replacement

Friday, August 17th, 2018 by Sydney Stewart

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So you’ve hired an experienced contractor to replace your roof. Good for you! You can rest assured knowing that your roof is in well-trained, professional hands. However, you shouldn't just sit back and do nothing. There are still some crucial things you need to do to make sure your home is ready for a roofing job. That's why we at My-Pros have compiled this list of simple steps you can take to help your roofing job go as smoothly as possible:

1. Tell Contractor Where to Deposit Roofing Materials

Our product distributor will likely deliver the materials at least one day before your roof is scheduled to be replaced. One way you can make these days easier for yourself is to tell your contractor on which side of the driveway you would like them to deposit the roofing materials. Why needlessly suffer through the hassle of having to work around an annoying obstacle on the wrong side of your driveway? By planning and communicating with your contractor in advance, you can save yourself a lot of grief.

2. Move Your Vehicle to the Street the Night Before

On the day of the roofing job, your contractor will need to back a trailer up to your house to collect and haul away the debris from your old roof. While this is a nice perk because it means you won’t have to do any cleaning up after they finish the job, it can also be potentially problematic if you’re not prepared. Since the trailer will need to be close to your house, the roofers will back it up your driveway, meaning your vehicle could be blocked in your garage if you don’t move it out beforehand. That’s why My-Pros recommends you remove any cars you’re going to need to use during the day of your roofing job the night before work is set to begin. It is good to do this the night before because roofers frequently want to get an early start on a roofing job (usually between 7 and 9 AM). So if you don't want to be scrambling to move your car early in the morning, you should move it out the night before. 

3. Keep an Eye on Children and Pets

During a typical roofing job, the area around the outside edges of your home can become quite hazardous. With eighty-pound shingle bundles dropping from the roof and spare nails littered across the ground, the outside edges of your house are certainly no place for children or pets. So you’re going to want to make sure the kids play inside during the day of your roofing job, and if they’re just dying to go out, take them to the park. The last thing you want is junior stepping on a nail! And if your dog just has to get outside to relieve himself, My-Pros recommends that you pick him up and carry him out past the edge of your roof. Let him roam free at a distance from your home, but make sure he doesn’t venture back toward the house. He may not understand that an eighty-pound shingle bundle could squash him flat, but you certainly would be crushed if you lost your beloved Fido! Be safe, not sorry.

4. Move Outdoor Furniture & Ornaments Away From Roof

Not only does falling debris pose a threat to your young ones and critters, but it can also be potentially damaging to your outdoor furniture. A falling shingle could easily scratch a grill or shatter a glass table, costing you extra money to replace the item on top of the cost you're already paying for the roofing project. If you aren’t able to move your furniture on your own, any good contractor should be more than willing to help you move your valuable outdoor furniture and lawnscaping ornaments out of the way. 

5. Be Mindful of Precious Landscaping

Because roofers will be dropping debris off the edges of your roof, plants beneath those edges will be especially at risk of damage. So if you have a prized geranium that you don’t want to be harmed during the job, you may want to consider replanting it in an area away from your roof. If you do not wish to replant it or simply cannot do so, then you can ask your contractor to create a protective barrier to keep your plant from harm. Any good contractor should be willing to do this; however, it will probably cost you extra because of the expense of building the barrier. Still, if you love that plant, any additional cost will likely be worth it.

6. "Earthquake-Proof" Indoor Items

A roofing job can be downright cruel to the items hanging on your walls. Although the construction is only happening on your roof, the vibrations from that construction can reverberate through your home, creating a miniature earthquake with potentially damaging effects. That’s why My-Pros recommends you remove any items from your walls that you don’t want to be damaged during the job. You’re also going to want to consider moving objects situated near things hanging on your walls. For example, although you may not be all that devastated if a cheap decorative picture falls off your wall, you would be a lot more devastated if that picture fell and shattered the precious family heirloom on the table below it. So look around your home and make sure that the items potentially at risk of falling off the walls and being affected by things falling off the walls are not items you would be heartbroken to lose. Walls that tend to be most affected by vibrations are exterior walls and walls on the upper floors of your home, so you’re going to want to focus mostly on those.  

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