Preparing for a new roof installation can help ensure the process goes smoothly. At New View Roofing, we understand the importance of good preparation. This guide is designed to help you understand what needs to be done before our roofing crew arrives so you can ensure a hassle-free and efficient installation process.
What to Do Before Your Roofing Contractors Start Work
Before your roofing contractors arrive to install your new roof, there are a few things you should do. We’ll cover them in the following sections:
- Clearing the area around your home
- Preparing the inside of your home
- Notifying your neighbors
- Arranging for pets and children
- Ensuring easy access to your roof
Here’s a closer look at each.
Clearing the Area Around Your Home
Before a roofing project begins, it’s important to prepare the space around your home. This is not just about making room for the roofing team and their equipment; it’s also about protecting your property. Start by moving your cars out of the driveway. This creates space for the roofing materials and equipment and prevents your vehicle from being damaged by any debris.
Next, look around your yard and patio. Move lawn furniture, grills, and decorative items away from the house. Roofing can be messy work, and the last thing you want is for your outdoor belongings to get damaged. Pay special attention to any fragile items or decorations near your home’s exterior. It’s wise to move these items to a safe spot where they won’t get knocked over or hit by falling debris.
Preparing the Inside of Your Home
When we work on your roof, vibrations can travel through your home. These aren’t typically strong enough to cause damage, but they can disturb items inside your house. Take a walk through your home and secure items that could be affected. This includes removing or securing hanging pictures, mirrors, and other items on your walls, particularly in rooms directly under the roof.
If you have items stored in the attic or on the upper floors, you might want to cover them. While our team works carefully, some dust or small debris could fall through the spaces in the roof deck, especially if we’re removing an old roof before installing a new one.
Notifying Your Neighbors
Roofing installations can be noisy, and we know this noise can reach your neighbors. It’s a good idea to let your neighbors know about the upcoming work. This isn’t just about being polite; it’s about maintaining a good relationship with the people who live near you. Let them know when the work will start, how long we expect it to last, and that we’ll do our best to minimize any disruption.
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Arranging for Pets and Children
The noise and movement of a roofing project can be stressful, especially for pets and young children. For pets, the noise can be unsettling, and having unfamiliar people around the house can cause anxiety. It might be best for them to stay with a family member, friend, or in a quieter part of your home during the work.
Similarly, for children, the constant noise and the presence of workers might be disruptive. If possible, it might be a good idea for them to stay with relatives or friends during the busiest parts of the roofing installation.
Ensuring Easy Access to Your Roof
Finally, make sure our team can easily access your roof. This might involve trimming back tree branches that are close to the roof. Also, take a walk around your house and move any items that might be in the way. This includes things like garden hoses, bikes, or large toys. Clear access not only makes our job easier but also ensures the safety of our workers.
Preparing your home and surroundings for a roofing installation will make the process smoother and safer for everyone involved. If you have any questions about how to prepare, don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re here to make sure your roofing experience is as stress-free as possible.
FAQ About Preparing for Roofing Installation
Here are some frequently asked questions about what to do prior to roofing installation. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for here, please call our office. We’re here to help.
Should I Be Present During the Roofing Installation?
While it’s not necessary for you to be home during the installation, you may want to be available to answer any questions that might arise. If you choose not to be present, make sure the roofing team has a way to contact you.
How Long Does a Typical Roofing Installation Take?
The duration of a roofing installation depends on the size of your roof and the type of materials being used. A typical residential roof can take a few days to complete.
What Happens If It Rains on the Scheduled Installation Day?
If there’s a high chance of rain, we may need to reschedule the installation to ensure the safety of our crew and the quality of the installation. We closely monitor weather forecasts to make informed decisions about scheduling.
Is There Anything Special I Need to Do for Flat Roofs or Special Materials?
Flat roofs or roofs requiring special materials might need additional preparation. We will provide specific instructions based on your roof’s design and the materials being used.
Ready to Get Your Roof Installation Started?
If you’re ready to begin your roof installation, or if you have more questions about the process, reach out to New View Roofing. We’re here to guide you every step of the way and ensure your roofing project is a success. Call us or visit our website to schedule a consultation at your convenience.