Once you begin to notice multiple concurring signs that your roof is seeing its age, roof replacement may be just around the corner. But don't approach this kind of a major project in a haphazard manner!
There are many details you need to think about ahead of time to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. An exhaustive list of re-roofing tips would be an impossibility (or could fill a small book), but here are 5 key tips that every homeowner should be aware of:
1. Prepare Residents & Neighbors
If you have children living with you, be sure to instruct them to steer clear of all relevant areas of the yard during roof replacement. If you have small children, either stay inside or live off-site on re-roofing day. Be sure to control all pets as well and keep them safe.
Be sure to exercise great care yourself when moving around your property to avoid tripping over power cords or construction equipment. Never walk too close to the eave while someone is working on the rooftop. Also, take time to mention the upcoming project to neighbors so they can prepare too.
2. Protect Your Valuables
Installing new roofing can't begin until the old roofing is first torn off. And that means there is a risk of falling debris that could not only injure a bystander but might harm property. Of course, the best roofing contractors will take every precaution to minimize such risks - but so should you just to be on the safe side!
You should relocate your vehicle is you normally park it in your driveway. Try parking it in the garage or by the curb. This accomplishes two things: protects your vehicle and gives the contractor quick access to his truck for getting tools and loading debris.
Close your garage door to protect what's inside. Move grills and patio furniture away from the building's exterior walls. If you have a pool nearby, cover it. Even cover items stored in the attic since putting on a new roof will cause dust and dirt to fall down through the attic ceiling.
3. Prepare The Work Area
As much as possible, get the work site ready for the roofers so they can immediately go to work and not have to deal with any unnecessary obstructions.
Clearing toys or yard tools away from the walls where tarps will need to be laid down can help. Cut down weeds or tall grass along the exterior of your home too. And if tree branches will be a problem, consider having them pruned back before re-roofing day. Also, remove antennas/satellite dishes ahead of time - this may require a call to your cable/satellite TV provider.
4. Choose A Great Day For It!
Check the forecast so you can schedule your roof project on a day without rain, high winds, or other inclement weather. If it will take several days, look for a good three-day pattern.
5. Select The Right Contractor
Don't assume that just any old contractor will do for your roof replacement endeavor. Search carefully for a company with a strong local reputation, many years of experience, and great customer service. Reasonable prices are important, but look for quality first of all.
For additional roof replacement tips and advice, or for a free, no-obligation quote on a new roof, feel free to contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!