Are you ready to replace your current roof? You might have a lot of items on that to-do list, but don’t worry. Now is the time to create a checklist to stay organized so that you have the best outcome for the project. Let’s look at how you can prepare for your roof replacement.
Connect With Reputable Roofing Companies
When you hire a roofing contractor, they will come out to your home and examine the roof. At this time, you will get a quote for the project. In addition to that, the contractor will take time to become more familiar with your home. They will walk around the house’s perimeter to see what needs to be protected. Your contractor will also search for any exterior electrical outlets that they can use for their power tools.
You definitely want to discuss the dates of the project. Take this time to coordinate the delivery of the materials and dumpster. Once everything is delivered, the project manager should verify that all the materials are correct and ready to be used for your home.
All roof replacements have to follow local laws and ordinances. Your contractor will need to get the proper roofing permits before work can begin on your home. While the contractor worries about these items, you should have your own checklist to prepare for the project.
The Exterior Checklist
A simple checklist can ensure that your project goes off without any problems.
First, you want to remove all of the items from the roof. If you have solar panels or satellite dishes, they will need to be taken down. Your roofer might handle this for you. In some cases, you will have to call out a professional satellite or solar panel installation company for the job.
Along with that, you need to protect those items on the exterior of your home. You will want to cover water features, yard art, birdbaths, and outdoor lighting. Materials can fall from the roof during the project and damage these items. Use this time to move barbecue grills, children’s toys, and patio furniture away from the home. Moving these items will give the roofing crew more room to work.
For the landscape, you will want to mow the lawn. This chore can help the roofers clean up and make debris easier to spot. If you have sprinkler heads, take some tape or flags to mark them. Those markings will make sure that the roofing crew will not damage them during the installation.
Take a few minutes to snap a couple of photos of your home. In many cases, you will not have any issues, but those pictures can help if there is a problem down the road. It is better to be safe than sorry with any home improvement project.
The roofing company will often use landscaping tarps to protect your exterior plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs. If you are worried about those delicate landscaping elements, take a few minutes to add sturdier protection around them.
Finally, many people park their vehicles in the driveway. During the roofing project, give the crew plenty of room to work. The driveway is used as the delivery space for the dumpsters. With that in mind, park your vehicles in the street.
The Interior Checklist
Now that you are done with the outside work, take care of a few chores inside your home.
A roof replacement is a messy project. Your windows and walls will rattle, and you will hear thumping throughout the job.
Before the crew gets to work, you will want to cover all of the items in your attic with a cloth or tarp. That will protect them from getting damaged by dust and debris. Next, you may want to think about a drop cloth on the floor to catch those falling particles.
Take a walk around your home. If you have artwork, mirrors, TVs, or dish cabinets, you will want to remove or secure them. Any rattling can make these items fall off the wall.
For those who work from home, consider alternative arrangements. It will be loud and noisy. Provide contact information to the contractors so that they can easily reach you. If you have children or pets, you should consider making arrangements for them too. Once again, the noise could be too much for them to handle.
After the Roof Replacement
Once the roof replacement is finished, you will want to ensure it is completed to your standards.
You want to get all of the warranty information from the contractors. Keep all that paperwork in a safe location. If there are problems in the future, you will need all documentation to get the roof repaired.
Take time to inspect the roof. If something looks unusual, contact the roofing company. Call the installation companies to reinstall any solar panels or satellite dishes on the roof.
After the job is finished, always leave a great rating for your roofing company. Many roofers rely on good word-of-mouth. Do them a favor and recommend their services to your friends and family.
When it comes time to get your roof replaced, you need to be prepared. With a handy checklist, your experience will be less stressful.
We Can Help With Your Next Roofing Replacement
At RGB Construction, our team has the skills, expertise, and knowledge to work on your next roofing project. Our company can give you a few pointers if you need help with items to add to your pre-project checklist. We will ensure that the roofing process is smooth and stress-free for you. Schedule a consultation by calling 856-264-9093.