Getting a brand new roof can be an exciting experience. It also turns your house into a work zone, and work zones are potentially dangerous. However, there are safety precautions and preparations you can make to be ready.
Here are some ways you can help make your home roof replacement go as smoothly as possible.
Think about kids and pets
Loud noises may increase anxiety or disturb sleep habits. While it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children and pets. Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off-limits until the project is complete.
Remove wall decorations
The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the roof deck are needed. This could cause knick-knacks to fall off shelves, and pictures, mirrors, or other items hanging on the walls or from the ceiling to fall. Also, as a precaution, you may want to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.
Cover belongings in the attic
During a roof replacement, numerous installers will be walking on your roof and pounding it with hammers. Dust and small debris will fall in attic spaces during a new roof installation. You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the roofer is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.
Relocate your vehicles
Contractors need quick access to their tools and trucks throughout the day. They need a place to load shingles and debris. You’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is complete. You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.
Move grills and patio furniture away from the work zone
A shed or garage is the best place to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants while your new roof is installed. If you don’t have on-site storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.
Prune trees and cut grass before construction begins
Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before your contractor can begin work. Your contractor should use drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home, but you need to cut the grass a day before construction begins. Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup faster and more thorough.
Remove antennas or satellite dishes
If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.
Identify several accessible power outlets
Your roofer will need access to electrical outlets. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is the next, best choice. If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can be a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get much foot traffic.
Talk to your neighbors
Let your neighbors know about the planned work. Give them an anticipated timeframe for the duration. This will give them an opportunity to adjust their schedules and situations so that they can be most comfortable.
Be aware of your surroundings during construction
Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles, like extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries. Most importantly, remember that construction is temporary.
Ready to replace your roof?
At the end of the day, we want you and your family to stay safe while we replace your roof. When you are ready for a new roof, contact Absolute Exteriors to get a free estimate on a new roof for your home in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.