Congratulations, you’re getting a new roof! As the big day of your roof installation is approaching, it’s time to start a roofing checklist! There are a lot of tasks you’ll need to take care of prior to beginning the project.
You’re in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly on your side. Collaboration with your roofing contractor is crucial to ensuring that everyone is on the same page throughout the installation process. It will also keep you, your roofing company, and others around you safe and in the know.
Here’s a roofing checklist for the 10 tasks you’ll need to take charge of! Check off the list to help you adequately prepare for your next roofing project:
1) Notify the Neighborhood Of Your Roof Work
The first thing you should do is spread the word to your neighbors on the exact dates that roofing construction will take place at your house. This is a common courtesy that will also help keep vehicles out of the way. This is so your roofing company team will have adequate space for trucks and equipment.
Also, if you or your neighbors have pets, it might be best to find a temporary location for them away from the construction site. This keeps them clear from excess debris or hazardous noise. If you are getting a removal company for garbage, consider getting a well-known and respected company. This helps to ensure they complete the process efficiently. This also helps to minimize any hold-ups or disruption to the installation process.
2) Protect Interior Belongings From Damage While Your Roof Is Being Repaired
There’s no way around it! A construction team on your roof will mean plenty of vibrations rattling your entire house. With this in mind, it’s best to ensure that any loose valuables you have around the house are in a secure and safe location until the construction work is complete. This includes any expensive furnishings or accessories, such as chandeliers, ceiling fans, or paintings.
3) Secure Items In the Attic
There is no perfect solution to keep the items you store in your attic space pristine during the installation of a new roof. Although your roofing installers will take care of your things, there is no sure-fire way to keep all dust and debris off stored items. You should remove items that dust or debris would harm or are substantially fragile during installation. Likewise, after your installation, open your attic entrance carefully in case any dust or debris remains.
4) Secure Exterior Area Around Your Roof
Remove anything worth value on the outside of your home, or at least cover it. This is also a critical component of the pre-roofing installation checklist. Be sure to remove any satellites on the roof, cover up all plants with a tarp, and move outdoor furniture inside or in the garage. Protect any miscellaneous objects around your home, as it’s sure that debris will spill over from the roof and all over the yard. Turn off any sprinkler or alarm systems you have installed. Finally, cover up all your windows and outdoor heating or cooling systems.
4a) This Includes Pools and Hot Tubs!
Roofing debris can damage pools and hot tubs. Professional roofing contractors are aware of this risk and will take measures to protect your outdoor water features. Even with this precaution, small amounts of debris, like sawdust, may make their way in during excessive winds. It’s best to turn off your pumps during your installation.
5) Establish Easy Roof Access
One of the biggest things your roofing installation team will need from you is to make access around your house and roof as easy as possible. This is so the project can smoothly go according to plan. This includes clearing your driveway and garage of your vehicles and leaving gates and entry doors unlocked. If you do plan on keeping your pet at home, be sure to keep it locked up away from interacting with the workers.
6) Prepare Any Special Requests or Emergency Contact Information For Roof Workers
It’s your home and property that’s being worked upon, so let contractors know if there are any requests or rules you have that they need to follow. This could be anything from staying out of certain areas around the house, keeping particular gates or doors locked, or just keeping an eye out for circuit breakers or watering systems. Always leave them with emergency contact information in the event of an accident.
7) Get Roof Work Approval
Be sure to check with your roofing contractor regarding getting permission from any Homeowners Association or county or city government for proper approval. Also, keep in contact with them so you can take steps like placing warning signs of upcoming construction around the neighborhood.
8) Keep Children (and Pets!) Away From The Roof
If you have kids (or pets), it’s important to keep them away from the construction site as much as possible, just to ensure their safety. Having them stay at a friend’s place or daycare will help them avoid being exposed to constant loud noises, floating debris, and dangerous equipment.
9) Inspect Wiring and Vents Around Your Roof
Prior to the roofing installation, be sure to have all your electrical wiring, circuit breakers, and exhaust vents inspected. This is necessary to avoid any potential unseen fire hazards or carbon monoxide leaks. Having a carbon monoxide inspector handy during the project is also something to keep in mind.
10) Review Roof Warranty Information
Keeping yourself in the loop on what your warranty will cover will give you more peace of mind once the project is complete. Don’t be shy with asking questions to your roofing contractor on what you can expect!
11) Stay Informed On The Roofing Details
While such a renovation project can seem intimidating, roofing professionals should do their best to keep you informed on all the details of the installation project. Stay in contact with your roofing company and answer any phone calls. Communication is key to getting work done quickly and efficiently.
12) Get Ready to Love Your Roof!
Here is the best part of the checklist: time for installation and loving your new roof! If you are ready to get started today, call us at 636-699-0449.