Once you’ve made all the decisions with regards to your home’s roof replacement, you’ll have some preparation to do before the job kicks off. Apal Roofing has been installing roofs in the Raleigh area for a number of years, and with that experience comes advice we like to dispense to ensure a smooth process. Here’s our recommendations for how best to prepare for your home’s roof replacement.
1. Love thy neighbor
Be courteous and give your neighbors a heads up before work commences. Both parties can then openly discuss any specific requirements, restrictions and preferences. You want to avoid a situation where your roof replacement has begun and you have angry neighbors at your doorstep – it’s the last thing you need when you already have an under-construction home to deal with.
2. Clear the attic
While roofing work doesn’t take place within the attic at all, the work on the surface is bound to cause dust and possibly debris there. While a thorough cover up of valuables could do the trick, for peace of mind, you may want to remove them temporarily while the roof replacement is being done.
3. Remove satellites and antennae
Satellites and antennae will impose obvious hindrances to your roofing service provider during the roof replacement. If you can’t remove them yourself, get your local cable guy to do the job.
4. Move outdoor furniture and paraphernalia
If outdoor furniture are in harm’s way (with the risk of falling debris etc), move them to a place where they are far enough to be unaffected by the roofing activity. If you’re lucky to have a shed or garage, it’s best to store them there in the meanwhile. If your vehicles park outside, then definitely also make sure you find new parking spots for them.
5. Train pets and kids
You will need to start training your pets to keep indoors, as well as speak to your kids about the dangers and risks of playing outside while the roofing replacement is being completed. You may be best off if both pets and kids could spend some time at family of friends during this construction period.
6. Remove wall hangings and fragile objects
Your roof replacement will no doubt cause vibrations through the house, which could compromise fragile objects. Rather be safe than sorry by removing them from surfaces and packing away somewhere safe. With regards to wall hangings, take ‘em down to avoid disappointment.