A roof replacement will benefit you for years to come, protecting your home for years to come and raising your home’s value. When you choose a responsible roofing company, they’ll do most of the work, from prepping your old roof for removal to cleaning up after the job is done. However, there are a few things you can do to make your roof replacement go smoothly. We’ve compiled some suggestions when preparing for a roof replacement.
How to Prepare Your Yard for a Roof ReplacementRoofers will be walking in your yard while they work. Old shingles, nails, and other debris will fall off the roof as the roofing team removes your old roof. They’ll park a dumpster in your driveway, and work from the opposite corner of the roof towards the dumpster. That way, they get as much of it as possible in the dumpster. They should lay down tarps to help collect debris. Plus, they should use magnets, metal detectors or other equipment to find nails, but the only way to find shingle scraps is by visual inspection. So, you need to prepare your yard to deal with falling debris. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Clear your vehicles from the driveway and garage: The night before your roofing team arrives, park your cars a safe distance away on the street. Roofers will need to use your driveway all day. They will park their garbage bin in the driveway and bring their equipment nearby so they can place it on the roof when they need it. You may be tempted to put your vehicle in the garage if you won’t be using it, however, garage roofs are usually not insulated, so shingle granules and nails will drop through the roof as the roofers work. The granules will then gather on your car and will scratch the paint as you wipe them away. The safest place for your vehicle is the street.
- Clear toys and patio furniture: Roofing professionals will need to walk around your home to access the roof from different sides. You don’t want them tripping on children’s toys or wasting time moving your furniture. Ensure there is a 15‐foot clearance all of the way around your house. Falling shingles and debris might damage your outdoor toys and furniture.
- Clear the garden: Take a peek into the garden and move what you can. This might include solar‐powered lights, statues, mosaic stepping stones, potted plants, water fountains, wind chimes, bird houses, and bird feeders. A dropped shingle could damage all of these delicate items.
- Mark or protect plants: Certain plants can be very delicate or very expensive to replace. Plants are vulnerable to dropped shingles. Mark out any especially valuable or fragile trees or plants with orange tape. Place netting or a tarp over flower beds and other plants. By taking the time to mark your plants, you help the roofing crew ensure your landscaping is minimally disrupted.
- Mark sprinklers: If you have a sprinkler system that you can’t remove, then you should mark each sprinkler head so that the roofers will not trip over it. You should mark essentially anything embedded in the ground that roofers could trip over.
- Cut your grass: It’s much easier to find leftover debris and nails in short grass. Cutting your grass will help the roofers find any hidden nails and can save you the misfortune of stepping on one.
- Talk to your neighbors: While you’re outside preparing, take the time to talk to your neighbors, especially your direct neighbors, about your roof replacement. If you warn them ahead of time about the noise, disturbance and the possibility of a shingle or nail flying into their yard, they will be a lot more co‐operative the day of your roof replacement.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Roof ReplacementThe roofers won’t be inside your home, however, installing a brand new roof vibrates the whole building. Replacing roof shingles involves a whole lot of nailing, directly into the structure of your home. To minimize the potential for damage from vibrations inside your home, there are a few things you can do:
- Clear the attic: Sentimental and fragile items are often stored in the attic, but that makes them very vulnerable during a roof replacement. Store them on the ground floor for now.
- Remove wall décor: The vibrations from hammering can knock decorations off walls, so you should take them down ahead of time. This might include mirrors, pictures, wreaths, loose shelving, etc. Be extra thorough on the top floor because it will move more.
- Protect fragile items: These same vibrations can potentially hurt your especially fragile items, such as china plates. Make sure glass, vases, dishes, and other breakables aren’t touching each other or the wall.