You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
If you have decided to get a new roof, you likely can't wait to see the final results. But, before enjoying your home's new look, you will need to put in some work. Your roofing contractor will ensure you get suitable materials for the job, plan the work schedule and bring the required equipment and tools.
On the other hand, you are expected to prepare your home as it will become a worksite for some days. If you don't prepare, the roofers will have a difficult time doing their work, and the project could take longer. Here are things you should do before the roofing replacement project starts.
Protect the Windows
Your windows are a vital part of your structure, and since they are made of glass, they'll need protection. So, before the contractor arrives to remove the old roof and install the new one, you should secure or cover all the windows. This way, you will ensure the windows aren't scratched in case some debris falls onto them.
Remove Valuables From the Walls
During roof replacement, your home's walls will experience some vibrations from the machinery and hammers. If you leave anything fragile on the wall, it could break, and this can be devastating.
The only way to avoid losing your valuables and ensure the roofers are free to do their job is to remove all photos, decorations, pieces of art, or anything that's hanging on the walls and ceiling. You should also consider removing the decorative light fixtures.
Prepare the Outdoor Area
Since roofers will need space to place the old shingles, new roofing materials, tools, and equipment, it will be vital to prepare the outdoor area for the project. You can start by ensuring your outdoor furniture is moved.
You will also need to move your car, bikes, landscaping lighting, garden pots, or any other valuables that could get damaged. Removing these items will create more workspace for the roofers to load or unload shingles, work equipment, and debris. This measure also promotes work safety by reducing the tripping hazard.
Remove the Satellite Dishes or Antennas
If you have installed a satellite dish or antenna on your roof, you will need to secure them before the roofers arrive to prevent work delay. Besides, these items can be hazardous if they're near a construction site. So, schedule the removal with your technician at least a day before the project starts. Some roofing contractors can also remove them at no extra cost.