Getting a new roof can be very exciting for the entire family. You look forward to an opportunity to update the roof so your home will look and function like new, and the kids and pets usually enjoy observing how roofers rip, tear, haul, and nail. But with the arrival of roofers, your home will also become a working area, which can cause some stress. Rest assured our team at Pro Styles Roofing will make sure that your roof replacement is as seamless as possible.
- The following tips can help guide you in preparation for the for the big day!
Loud noises coming from the home may increase anxiety or disturb sleep habits. While it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children and pets.
-Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off-limits until the project is complete. Since young children and pets may not understand these dangers, you may be more comfortable visiting family or friends while your roof is replaced. But you can stay home during a roof replacement.
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Contractors need quick access to their tools and trucks throughout the day. They need a place to load shingles and debris. You’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is completed.
You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.
The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the existing deck are needed.
During a roof replacement, numerous installers will be walking on your roof, pounding it with hammers. Dust or small debris will fall in attic spaces during a new roof installation. You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the install is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.
A shed or garage is the best place to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants while your new roof is installed.
If you don’t have on-site storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.
Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before your contractor. PSR will use tarps or drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate roof line area. Having the grass cut the day before the construction begins really helps.
- Short grass will help keep fallen debris/nails from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup faster and more thorough.
Your contractors will need access to electrical outlets while they are working. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is the second-best choice. If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can pose a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.
If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.
- If there is an old, non-working unit, we will be happy to remove/dispose for you.
Let your neighbors know about the planned work with giving them an anticipated timeframe.
- They will thank you!
Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles. Extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there offer some fine opportunities to really hurt yourself. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries.
“You should secure exits from the inside to make sure no one exits under a ladder or scaffolding. Also, a large note taped to the inside of the door is a great way to remind your family that an exit is unsafe to use.”
Most importantly, remember that this construction and any inconvenience it brings is temporary. Soon you will have the new roof you’ve been waiting for!
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Quinton Smith, Owner John/Traci Smith , Co-Owner