When you replace your home’s roof you are making one of the best investments you can make in your property. Not only because the new roofing designs look beautiful, they’re designed to last for as long as you own your home.
There are several things you can do when going through a new roof installation to ensure the job unfolds as smoothly as possible. Here is our guide with eight tips to keep in mind before the roofers arrive to do their job.
1. ALWAYS DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Replacing a roof is a considerable investment. Once you’ve decided it’s time for a new roof, it’s important to select a quality home roofing contractor who will deliver exceptional work, with high-quality materials and unparalleled expertise and experience.
As you talk to prospective home roofing contractors and begin to gather quotes, it’s always a good idea to get a firm handle on the size and scope of your project before you begin. You should always know the exact size of your roof and have an idea of the amount of materials you’ll need.
By having a clear idea in mind of what to expect as you enter your roofing project, you’re less likely to underestimate the total cost of replacing your roof; something that can make the cost of a home remodel higher than you anticipated in most cases.
Once you have a rough estimated budget in place, working with an experienced home roofing company will help you stick to it. An experienced roofing contractor will spend just as much time planning your installation as they do installing the roof, this is an important step.
In our case, at Springer Roof, before the first hammer flies on a roofing project, we know exactly how the job will unfold, step by step. This thorough planning allows us to complete most roofing projects in the less time possible.
2. MAKE SURE THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR HAS THE RIGHT ACCESS TO YOUR ROOF
It may seem obvious saying that the roofers will need access to your roof to get the job done. While a professional roofing company will work as great as possible, tearing off an old roof and installing a new one is a big project that takes up a lot of space around the perimeter of your home. To protect outdoor items from debris it’s important to clear driveways and also the sidewalks before the crew arrives.
If possible, move vehicles and other items away from your driveway. This ensures that your cars, children’s toys and other items will be safely away from any falling debris or dust.
Similarly, if you have patio furniture, grills or other items near the house, you should consider removing them, maybe into the garage or covering them with a tarp or plastic sheeting while the work is being performed.
3. CLEAR VALUABLES ITEMS FROM THE ATTIC
Quality roofers will work hard to minimize the dust and debris created during your roof’s installation process, but there’s no getting around the fact that roofing is a messy, dusty job, it’s just the way it is.
If you store valuable items in your attic, consider moving them to a safe spot until the job is completed. If certain items are too bulky or heavy to move, just try covering them with drop cloths or a used plastic sheet to protect them from dust and shingle debris.
4. MAKE THE REQUIRED ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN AND PETS
If you have pets or young children, you want to also make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or relative while your new roof is being installed, this is always recommended. The construction that takes place during a roof tear-off and installation can be noisy, which can disturb pets and small children.
Because construction equipment and materials can also pose a hazard to children, many parents choose to keep their kids indoors while the crew is on site, and that’s what we always recommend to avoid disturbs.
5. ALWAYS LET YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW
Chances are, your neighbors will be nearly as excited as you are to see your home getting a brand new roof. Exterior upgrades like a new roof boost your home’s value, as well as the value of properties around you, this is a rule.
But before the roofers get started, it’s always a good idea to give your neighbors a heads up that you’re replacing your roof. This small courtesy can go a long way, especially if they have pets or children who might be disturbed by the noise and commotion that inevitably occurs during installation of a new roof. Just let them know a few days before and they will be happy for you.
6. TAKE CARE OF THE INSIDE
Experienced roofers do their best to keep dust and noise to a minimum during a new roof installation, any type of heavy construction on your home’s frame can cause strong vibrations that shift mirrors and photos on the walls, this is inevitable.
To reduce the risk of a photo or mirror falling during installation, it’s best to temporarily remove any hanging frames, items or mirrors on your upper floor. You should also consider removing any glass sconces on light fixtures that are attached to the walls on your upper floor.
7. GET READY THE OUTSIDE
Installing a new roof means nailing down thousands of shingles in the top. As a homeowner, the last thing you want to experience is a flat tire caused by a roofing nail or, even worse, stepping on a roofing nail in your bare feet.
Expert roofing contractors perform a thorough clean-up once a roofing installation is complete. This includes using powerful magnets and special rolling tools designed to pick up nails and any other type of metals. Before your roofing installation, cut your grass to a short length, because nails can easily get missed when they fall into long grass.
If you have satellite on your roof, you should talk with your cable provider to move it while your roof is being installed.
If you have flowerbeds or any kind of landscaping around your home, it’s always a good idea to protect them from dust and debris by covering them with tarps or plastic. You should also remove any hanging plants while the new roof is being installed.
8. WORK WITH A ROOFING EXPERT
The best ways to prepare for a new roof installation is to choose a professional roofing company with a track record of superior customer satisfaction. An expert roofing company will ensure that your roof is installed properly, and that any underlying damage is addressed and repaired.
Although installing a new roof is a major exterior home renovation, working with a knowledgeable contractor will make the process easy and hassle-free. At Springer Roof, we are driven to make sure the homeowners we serve have the best experience possible.
CONTACT SPRINGER ROOF TO START WORKING ON YOUR NEW ROOF DESIGN
If you are ready to replace your home’s roof, contact Springer Roof today to schedule a free in-home consultation. Our experts will show you the latest roofing designs that can transform the look of your home, boost your property’s value and protect your investment.