Early planning can help keep your roof replacement project on track. In addition to crafting a meticulous roofing budget and vetting roofers, what are the ways to get your home ready for a new roof?
Taking the Necessary Precautions to Protect Your Lawn and Exterior
Expect all kinds of construction debris to fall when your old roof is torn off. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your lawn and exterior.
Some of these precautions are:
- Clearing your driveway – Before the day of your roof replacement project, you should park your vehicle away from your home. This not only protects your car from falling roofing debris but also frees up space in your driveway for your roofer’s equipment.
- Store patio furniture in your shed – Remove outdoor furniture from your lawn and store them in your shed to keep them from getting damaged.
- Cover flowerbeds with a tarp and mark fragile trees and sprinklers – The tarp will protect flowerbeds from falling debris while the orange tape will indicate to your roofers that they need to be careful when while working near delicate plants. You should also mark your sprinklers to make sure your contractor doesn’t trip over any of them.
- Trim your lawn – The nails and debris that fell onto your lawn might be hidden behind tall grass, making the removal of construction debris harder. That’s why it’s highly recommended you trim your lawn before the day of roof tear-off.
Precautions to Protect Your Belongings
Expect your walls to shake a lot while your roof is being installed. To protect your belongings, you need to take these precautions:
- Remove picture frames and other wall decors – Store them in a safe place away from walls.
- Cover furniture in your attic with a tarp – Since the attic collects a lot of dust during a roof replacement, you should cover all your belongings in the attic with a tarp.
How to Minimize Disruptions to Your Daily Routine
Roofing projects will cause disruptions to your daily routine. Fortunately, they can be minimized by taking these precautions:
- Have your pets stay in alternative accommodation – Since construction noise is stressful for pets, it’s best to leave your pets at a friend’s place until your roof repair and replacement project is finished.
- Set ground rules with your kids – Given the safety risks around your home during a roof replacement project, it would be best if your kids stayed at their grandparents’ place while your new roof is being installed. However, if this isn’t an option, you need to set some ground rules with them. Designate work areas around your home as off-limits and remind them to avoid playing until after your roof replacement project is done.
- Inform your neighbors – The construction noise (which 29 percent of Americans in a study cited as their biggest pain point with their neighbors) will affect some of your neighbors’ daily routines, so it would be a good idea to give them a heads-up about your roof replacement project or any extensive roof repair work.
How to Keep Your Neighbors Happy During Your Roof Replacement
Here are tips on minimizing disruptions to your neighbors’ routines:
- Keep them updated about the progress of your roof replacement – Inform them about the estimated start and end dates of your roofing project, and keep them updated about any developments that may affect their routine.
- Inform them about weekend construction work – If your roofers need to work on weekends to keep your roofing project on track, it would be a good idea to send your neighbors a note apologizing for the inconvenience and explaining why weekend construction work is necessary.
Things to Discuss With Your Roofer During the Initial Consultation
Details such as the start and end dates for your project should be discussed with your roofing contractor during your initial consultation. The other details you need to discuss with them are:
- The required work permits – It’s usually standard practice for contractors to handle things such as the application of work permits and the clean-up of construction debris. However, it would still be a good idea to clarify these crucial details with them.
Here’s a tip: if you want to learn more about your local building authority’s permit requirements, you should ask a local roofing contractor, who should be familiar with the local building codes.
- Contingency plans – You can never rule out the risk of weather-related delays during a roofing project. That’s why it’s important to ask your roofer about their contingency plans in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. For instance, in the event it rains during a roof replacement, it’s standard practice for roofing contractors to cover exposed roof sheathing with a tarp and wait for the weather to clear up. This is to prevent rain from drenching your new roof’s decking, barriers, OSB boards, and felt, all of which are vulnerable to moisture damage.
- Roofing materials to be used – Ask your roofer about which roofing materials are best suited to the local climate. That’s because no matter how durable your roof is, it won’t last long if it’s made of materials that can’t handle the local climate.
Choosing the Right Roofing Material For Your Home
Here’s an overview of some of the most widely used roofing materials:
- Asphalt shingles – There are several reasons why asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material in the country. They are durable, easy-to-install and affordable. And since asphalt shingles can withstand winds of 110 to 130 miles an hour, they should be able to handle the strong winds that affect New Jersey.
- Tile roofing – Fire- and wind-resistant tile roofing is a great alternative if you’re looking for a roofing material with lower maintenance needs. However, a bit on the pricey side, with tile roofing costing roughly $300 per square foot.
- Wood shakes – If you want to boost your home’s curb appeal, wood shakes and siding are a smart choice. Wood is known for its classic appeal, which can add a sophisticated sense of elegance to your exterior.
To learn more about your roofing options, consult a local contractor. Since they are familiar with the local climate, they can make better recommendations.
Don’t forget to vet a roofer before hiring them to make sure they are qualified for the job. To help you find a contractor that can meet your needs, here are some vetting tips:
- Focus your search on contractors near you – To quickly narrow down your options, limit your search to contractors near you. Hiring local also has other advantages. For instance, local roofers are known for their personalized service.
- Ask how long they have been in business – The number of years a roofer has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
- Check their certifications – Certifications are proof a contractor underwent additional vetting and additional training. As such, in a sense, they’re essentially a vote of confidence from the manufacturer or independent non-profit that gave the certification.
Why Hire a GAF® Master Elite® Contractor?
GAF® (one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry) offers the Master Elite® certification. Only contractors who are properly licensed, adequately insured, committed to ongoing professional training, and have a solid business reputation in their local community can qualify for the certification. These requirements are so stringent that only two percent of contractors in the entire country qualify. As such, you can rest easy knowing that you can always expect quality workmanship and a high level of service from a Master Elite roofer.
Pro Quality Construction Inc., a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roofing and siding replacement services. To request a free estimate, call us at (844) 499-7878 or fill out this form.