Preparing Your Home for Your Roofing Project

posted by: Ringer Roofing & Skylight

So, you have chosen a local roofing company to work with and you have seen an estimate which works for your needs and budget. What comes next? At Ringer Roofing & Skylight in Lincoln, we’ve helped countless people through the process of re-roofing their homes. It turns out that after the paperwork is signed, lots of homeowners aren’t sure what comes next. After all, finding the right local roofing company with a great reputation and affordable pricing was supposed to be the hard part.

What comes next is easy, and today in our blog, we will walk you through exactly what you’ll want to be prepared for when the roofing company you chose to work with shows up to complete the actual job. Follow these easy planning steps and you can help ensure that your new roof installation goes as smoothly as possible. If you are looking for an experienced local roofing company or have questions about the process of re-roofing your home or business, call Ringer Roofing & Skylight today — we are here to help.

Pre-Installment Preparation

If you’ve ever had a new roof installed on your home, then you know that for a short period of time, you’re property is going to become a construction site. Stripping the shingles or plates off of your roof and getting down to the decking creates a lot of mess. Here are a few ways you can help your roofing team while keeping your property and possessions safe during the process.

Plan On Heavy Equipment On Your Property

Most roofing companies are going to bring in bulky, heavy equipment for your roofing project. First, a small lift truck or crane is often used to get the heavy packages of shingling or stacks of wood up onto your roof safely. Access to a driveway is helpful for this, so it’s a good idea to move any vehicles across the street for the day. Additionally, your driveway will probably be used for the haul-away dumpster where all of the old, damaged roofing materials will end up.

Remove Wall Hangings

With a crew of people walking, hammering, and scraping on your roof all day, you’re bound to have an unusually high level of vibrations in your attic, ceiling, and walls. It is generally recommended that you take a moment to take down any wall-mounted items that could be at risk of falling. This includes artwork, mirrors, and fragile items resting on wall-mounted shelves.

Mark And Move The Items On The Exterior of The Home

As your roofing company’s crew goes about the process of removing and installing your roof, there will inevitably be some construction items that fall or are discarded off of the roof. Make sure to move all furniture, decorations, and potted plants at least 20 feet away from the exterior of your home, or into a covered space like a garage or shed. Additionally, any fixed items like landscaping or sprinkler heads should be marked with small, colorful flagging to help the roofing crew avoid damaging them.

A quality, insured roofer will always replace any items damaged during your roof installation, but at Ringer Roofing & Skylight ion Lincoln, we like to try to avoid damage in the first place.

Planning for the Roof Installation Day(s)

On the day of the roof installation itself, you’ll probably want to plan to be gone if possible. Residential roofing is a noisy kind of work. Between the people on your roof, the hammer falls, compressors, and nail guns, it can be tough to hear yourself think. Trying to watch television, talk on the phone, or enjoy a relaxing day at home is a pretty big challenge when you are getting a new roof.

As hard as getting a new roof is on you, it’s doubly as tough on your pets. They won’t understand what is happening, and even the quietest, shortest roof installation will cause a lot of stress to your furry friends. If at all possible, arrange for them to spend the day with you or at a friend’s house.

Post Installation

Once your roof is on and you can go home to start enjoying it, you’ll have one last task to complete. Although some roofing companies take excellent care to clean up around your property to avoid nails, screws, and other hardware from injuring a pet or damaging a tire, many do very little to clean up.

Plan on wearing some sturdy shoes and taking a tour around the house to inspect for nails and other dangerous materials left from your roofing job — even the most thorough practices and diligent workers can miss a couple of nails, and one is all it takes to ruin your day.

Let Ringer Roofing & Skylight Help

If you have questions about what the roof installation planning process looks like or want to know more about Ringer Roofing & Skylight, we’d be happy to help. Our locally owned roofing company has been serving Lincoln for over two decades and works with all kinds of roofs and roofing materials. We are here to help and would love to hear your questions. Contact us today.