So, you’ve picked your roofing contractor, reviewed and signed the contract, and have picked an installation date. Congratulations, the hard parts are over. Now, all you need to do is prepare your home for roof installation. Here’s how you do that.
Prepare Your Yard
Roof installers will mostly be working outdoors, which means your yard will need as much preparation as the house itself. You can begin preparing your yard as soon as you confirm an installation date, giving you about two to three weeks, even longer if you’ve booked a late spring installation as early as this winter season.
You will need to clear as much space in your yard as possible. Installers from the roofing company will need truck parking, along with spots to store construction material and garbage bins. You will need to clear your driveway, yard and garden of anything that can be set aside and stored safely. This includes solar-powered yard lights, a garden table set and a gazebo that isn’t anchored on the ground. Those that you can’t move, such as landscaping, should be covered during the few days before installation begins.
Prepare Your Home
Roof replacement will create a lot of dust, noise and waste material. Even if the work will mostly be done outdoors, it’s generally not a good idea to stay at home, let alone keep everything indoors unprotected. You may consider renting storage space for the duration of the roof installation project: items in the attic will need to be cleared while furniture and valuables need to be moved out of the way. Those that can’t be moved will need to be protected with dust covers.
Prepare Your Kids and Pets
Noise and the presence of many strangers going about the house can be upsetting for small children and pets. One reason why homeowners prefer to have their roofs replaced during summer is because children can be sent off to camp or relatives, all without disrupting their school schedules. Pets can be temporarily housed at friends, neighbors or a pet kennel.