Getting your roof replaced can feel like an overwhelming project. However, putting off a roof replacement can be risky. You can open you and your home to possible leaks, higher energy costs, and structural damage if a problem is left uncorrected. If your roof has reached its lifespan or you notice damage, it’s time to call a roofing company to get a roof replacement.
Getting Ready for Your New Roof
It’s important to know what to expect when the time comes to replace your roof. By doing so, you will protect your family and home from potential damage and minimize interruptions when the professionals get to work.
1. Consider Your Family
When you have your roof replaced, prepare for loud noises from tools smacking against the roof, old shingles being thrown off, roofers stomping around on the surface, and the hammering of new shingles getting installed.
It’s best to schedule a roof replacement when the kids aren’t in the house. For pets, it’s best to keep them inside because they will be in the way when running around outside. You can plan a day trip with the kids, drop pets off with a family member or daycare center, or arrange a playdate for the kids.
2. Remove Items from Your Walls
The walls will react to the pounding your roofers are doing during the replacement. Anything hanging on the walls can slip right off their hooks and fall to the floor. Any paintings, pictures, or wall decorations should be removed to avoid breakage.
3. Prepare the Attic
The area of your home that will need the most preparation is your attic. The ceiling of the attic will get the worst of the vibrations when roofers are hammering new shingles. Dust and debris will be shaken loose. Covering it and any stored items with drop cloths and old sets of sheets will facilitate cleanup afterward.
If your home or business has an attic or upper storage space, be sure to clear a path for the roofing contractors before the work begins. They will need to check for leaks, security, and installation.
4. Remove Antennas, Satellite Dishes, Overhanging Limbs
If you have a satellite dish or antennas attached to your roof, they’ll need to be removed before a professional roofing contractor comes to start the replacement. Ensure that your roof is as hazard-free as possible by clearing away any large objects that are present.
5. Move Any Vehicles
You must move your vehicles away from your home during the roof installation, so they are safe from any falling debris. Moving your vehicles will also allow the crewmen to park closer to your house. The roofers can then unload easier and access their tools and materials which will improve the speed and overall efficiency of the roof installation.
6. Do Your Yard Work
Some yard work may have to be done before your roof is replaced. This means pruning back any low-hanging tree limbs that would prevent workers from starting the project. Be sure to cut your grass a day or two before your roof is replaced. Debris will be falling below, and the clean-up will go much quicker if the grass is short.
How Do You Know You Need a Roof Replacement?
- Age: Roofs last, on average, between 20 – 25 years.
- Curled Shingles: Curling shingles indicate problems under the shingles, which can put you at risk of leaks or other damage.
- Missing shingles allows moisture to get into your home,
- Leaks or Sunlight in the Attic: Check out your attic or crawl space directly under the roof. If you can see sunlight coming in, or spots of moisture, this is a sign your roof is compromised.
- Flashing Status: The flashing around your chimney or other areas of the roof should be secure.
- Sags: If there are any spots on your roof that are sagging, that’s a definite sign that you need a roof replacement.
- Moss on the Roof: Plants thrive where there is moisture, and greenery on your roof means moisture is collecting in areas it should not.
Your Roof Is Your Home’s First Line of Defense
Don’t endanger your home or family by ignoring the signs of roof wear and tear. Brian Dawson Roofing provides professional roofing installations and inspections. Our roofing experts have years of experience with different roofing materials. Call us for a free consultation.