8 Tips To Best Prepare Yourself And Your Home For Your Roof Replacement

Getting a brand new roof can be an exciting experience. But once the roofing company arrives, your house is a work zone. Work zones, as you can imagine, pose unexpected hazards.

When you hire Reliant Roofing to do roofing Jacksonville FL or the roof replacement on your home, you may be asking yourself, “how can I prepare myself? What do I expect?”

We provide every homeowner with a checklist to complete prior to their roof replacement. But we thought it might be beneficial to provide a more in-depth version, to explain the reasons why you need to prepare for the roof installation.

1. Remove Or Cover Valuable Items In The Attic
It’s in your best interest to always protect your valuables when construction is being performed on your home. 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 roofing company is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.

2. Cut The Grass Around Your Property
Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before we can begin work. We also use vinyl tarps to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home, but you need to cut grass a day before construction begins. Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup for a nail sweep faster and more thorough.

3. Remove Anything Valuable Or Fragile From Walls In Your Home
The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if wood rot replacement is needed.

  • Walk through the rooms on the level below your roof.
  • Consider any knick-knacks, pictures or other items that are hanging from your ceiling or walls.
  • As a precaution, remove any decorations that aren’t permanently secured with screws.

You may also choose to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.

4. Remove Vehicles From Driveway
Sorry, mom! Giving your roofing contractor your prime parking space is a must.

We need quick access to our tools and trucks throughout the day. We also need a place to load shingles and debris, which is where we place our dump trailer. You’ll want to keep your vehicle’s 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. We protect your garage door with plywood during the project.

5. Move Outdoor Furniture, Garden Pots, Bikes, And Landscape Lighting
Our roofers will be throwing away old shingles during the job, along with other debris items. You’ll want to keep your furniture, bikes, or anything else valuable that is outside, a safe distance from this area until work is completed. You don’t want these items to get damaged, nor do you want them to be a tripping hazard for the workers.

6. Turn Sprinkler System Off
This one is pretty self explanatory! You don’t want your new roofing supplies getting wet, nor do you want to give your roofers a shower.

7. Arrange Satellite Dish Re-installation
If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, we will remove them. After the roof replacement, call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements to have it re-installed. We HEAVILY recommend having your dish installed on a pole near your home and not on the roof, as this can be a problem area for leaking if it is not installed properly, and can affect the warranty.

8. Avoid Letting Pets Or Children In The Yard During Job
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.

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