Through early planning and meticulous budgeting, you can keep your roofing project on track and within budget. Aside from doing your research on the types of roofing materials best suited for your local climate, what are the things you need to do before your roof replacement project starts?
To help you prepare your home for your roof replacement project, StormROOF Systems, LLC, your trusted roof repair contractor, compiled a checklist below:
How to Protect Your Lawn From Falling Construction Debris
- Clear your driveway and remove outdoor furniture from your lawn – Nails and other types of construction debris may fall on your lawn when your old roof is torn off. To protect your vehicle and outdoor furniture, you should park your car away from your home and store outdoor furniture in a shed.
- Cover flowerbeds with a plastic tarp – Cover delicate flowerbeds with a plastic tarp to protect them from falling nails and shingles.
- Mark fragile and sprinklers – As for large, fragile trees, mark them with orange tape, which will indicate to your roofing contractor that they need to be careful when working near them. It’s also highly recommended that you mark sprinklers to prevent roofers from tripping over them.
- Trim your lawn – During clean-up of construction debris at the end of your roofing project, your contractor will use a large magnet to remove nails and other debris that fell onto your lawn. To lessen the risk of contractors missing nails and make it easier for them to remove debris, it would be a good idea to trim your lawn before the start of construction.
How to Protect the Belongings Inside Your Home
- Remove picture frames and décor from your walls – Expect your walls to shake when your old roof is torn off and your new one is installed. To prevent picture frames and other décor from getting damaged, remove and store them in a secure location away from the walls.
- Cover your belongings in the attic with a tarp to protect them from dust. (The attic usually collects the most dust during a roof replacement.)
Minimizing Disruptions to Your Daily Routine
Roofing projects will inevitably cause disruptions to your routine. Fortunately, with the proper precautions in place, you can minimize disruptions.
Here’s an overview of the precautions you can set in place:
- Find alternative accommodation for your pets – Since pets find construction noise stressful, we recommend leaving them at a friend’s place until after your roofing project is done.
- Set ground rules with your kids – Before construction starts, it’s important to set ground rules with your kids. Designate worksites as off-limits and remind them to remain in their rooms at all times. Alternatively, you can have them stay at their grandparents’ or a friend’s place for the duration of your roofing project.
- Inform your neighbors about your roof replacement project – Don’t forget to inform your neighbors about your roofing project. According to a study, 29 percent of Americans cite noise (an inevitability if there’s an ongoing roof replacement project) as the biggest pain point with neighbors. To give them time to prepare and modify their schedules, you should give them a heads-up about upcoming construction and roof repair work.
How to Keep Your Neighbors Happy During the Roof Replacement
It would be a good idea to keep your neighbors updated throughout the roof replacement process. That way, they’ll be able to take the necessary steps to minimize disruptions to their schedules. In particular, we recommend:
- Sharing details about the project timeline – Inform them about the start date of your roofing project as well as its expected duration.
- Informing your neighbors about any weekend construction work – It’s best to avoid construction work on a weekend, but there may be times wherein weekend construction work is necessary. If your construction crew needs to work overtime during the weekend, it would be a good idea to send your neighbors a note explaining why weekend construction is necessary and apologizing for any disruption it may cause.
What to Discuss With Your Roofing Contractor During Your Initial Consultation
For smoother coordination, we recommend discussing the aforementioned precautions with your roofer. Aside from the precautions to minimize disruptions, you should also discuss with your roofer the:
- Required construction permits – It’s usually standard practice for roofing contractors to handle the acquisition of the required permits. However, you should still clarify this crucial detail with your contractor.
Here’s a tip: if you need more info about your local building authority’s requirements for roofing projects, you can consult a local roofing contractor. Since they’re familiar with the local building codes, they can make give more detailed answers.
- Roofing materials most suited to the local climate – There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach in home improvement projects, and roof replacement projects are no exception. Regardless of how durable your new roof is, it won’t last long if it can’t handle the local climate. That’s why it’s important to choose roofing materials that are suited to the local climate. If you’re having trouble choosing a type of roofing material, you can consult a local contractor. Since they’re familiar with the local climate, they can make better recommendations.
- Contingency plans – It’s impossible to rule out the risk of weather-related project delays. That’s why you need to discuss the contingency plans with your roofer. For instance, if it rains in the middle of your roof replacement, it’s standard practice for roofers to cover the exposed roof sheathing with a tarp and wait for the weather to clear up. This is to keep rain from drenching your new roof’s decking, barriers, OSB boards, and felt (all of which are vulnerable to moisture damage).
- Project timeline and deadlines for the deliverables – It’s important to note that, at this stage, this is just a projected timeline.
What to Expect During Your Roof Inspection
To craft a timeline for your roof replacement project and estimate the project costs, your roofer will conduct a comprehensive roof inspection. Through a comprehensive inspection, a contractor can detect underlying roofing issues that may increase project costs and delay the project timeline.
Here’s an overview of the different phases of a roof inspection:
- Inspecting the roof’s structure and assessing the condition of your roof – Your contractor will start by inspecting the different components of your roof, which includes its ventilation system and gutters, and check if the surface of the roof is level.
- Inspecting your home’s interior – If your roofer finds signs of damage during the roof inspection, they may need to inspect your interior to determine if roofing damage affected other parts of your home.
Important note: keep in mind that while roof inspections can help prevent project delays and budget blowouts, you can never rule out the risk of underlying roofing issues. That’s because there’s no foolproof method for detecting issues such as deck rot. However, you shouldn’t worry too much about underlying roofing issues if your roof was properly maintained and you made sure to have it inspected for storm damage after extreme weather events.
One more thing: don’t forget that roofing projects are essentially a collaboration between you and your contractor. That’s why it’s crucial to the success of your roofing project that you hire a roofer who’s qualified for the job and who you can easily get along with.
To help you find a roofer who can meet your needs, here are some vetting tips:
- Hire local – To quickly narrow down your options, limit your search to roofers near you.
- Check their local reviews – Online reviews should give you a good idea of the level of service you can expect from a roofer.
StormROOF Systems, LLC, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roof replacement and storm damage repair services. To schedule a free inspection, call us at (470) 300-1768 or fill out this form.