How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Roofing Services

You signed a contract to get some much-needed roof work done on your home. Now that roofing services are scheduled to come out in a few weeks, you realize you should prepare both yourself and your property. Here are some tips that can help you to prepare for your upcoming roofing services.

Clear the Yard

The most critical part of preparing for roof work is clearing the space around your house. Make sure the ground underneath is obstruction-free. Move vehicles, yard furniture, tools, sports balls—anything resting near or on the side of the house that is underneath the roofline. This protects your belongings from falling debris and gives the roofers ample room to do their best work.

On the day work begins, take any small outdoor items left near the house and bring them inside. It's better not to chance the safety of your favorite potted plant or garden gnome. Additionally, be aware that your roofing services may need to use outdoor electrical outlets if they need to use power equipment for the project. Find where yours are located and ensure that the outlet is easily accessible.

Protect Indoor Spaces

Just because work happens outside doesn't mean indoor spaces won't need protection. If you're having a new roof installed, make sure to clear the attic of any items, especially if they're precious. This ensures that your roofing contractors can work efficiently to replace your roofing system or repair any leaks. Lay down tarps on the attic floor to catch any rainwater or debris.

If you have any existing leaks that need to be repaired, set out buckets underneath the leaks ahead of roof work to minimize the risk of any potential indoor water damage. Let the roofing company know about existing leaks, so they can keep an eye out for major openings as they work. This can prevent extensive interior water exposure.

Keep Pets and Children Indoors

If your pets frequently spend time outdoors, it's essential to bring them inside when your roof is being worked on. The hustle and bustle of a roof replacement can make pets nervous, and falling debris can pose a safety hazard for your dogs or cats. Unfortunately, you may not be able to take your dog outside during roofing projects for their own safety, which can make taking them out to use the bathroom difficult. Because of this, it's typically recommended to keep your dog at a family member's house, with a dog sitter, or out at the park with your partner while the project is going on.

Similarly, if you have children, make sure that they stay inside while your roofing services are replacing your roof or making repairs. Falling debris is a serious safety hazard, and you don't want your kids running around near dangerous equipment.

Park Your Car in the Garage

Roof tear-offs and replacements tend to spread debris not just on the lawn but sometimes on the walkway and driveway as well. Make sure to park your car in the garage to keep your vehicle safe from rogue shingles. Additionally, keeping your car parked in the garage can make it easier to clean up debris after the roofing project is completed.

Maintain Clear Communication

Document any preexisting interior leaks, ceiling stains, or attic damage by taking photos or videos. Provide these records to the roofing supervisor, so they know the problem areas needing extra attention. Don't hesitate to reach out to your roofing services with any questions you may have before, during, or after the roofing project. Clear communication makes the construction process smoother for everyone.

Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home from the elements, which is why, according to IBISWorld, the roofing industry ranks 16th among all the construction markets. Preparing for roof work takes effort, but it pays off by minimizing headaches later. Just remember to clear your yard and attic, keep your kids and pets indoors, park your vehicle in the garage, and stay in communication with your roofing services. If you're looking to hire high-quality roofing services you can count on, reach out to us at Allen's Roofing and Exteriors today to learn more about our services or to discuss your roofing needs.

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