A home roof replacement is an exciting project to undergo, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. If you’re planning a roof replacement soon, then you likely have lots of questions about what to expect on installation day. While your local roof contractor will handle most of the work for you, there are a few things you’ll need to do prior to installation day.

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Cover Attic Items

If you use your attic for storage, make sure to cover any furniture or valuables with old sheets or drop cloths. This helps to protect your items from collecting dust and debris. You’ll also want to vacuum the attic area after the roof replacement is finished to remove the excess dust.

Remove Wall Decorations

Hammering related vibrations may cause your decorations from shelves or walls to fall and break. Removing any valuables from the walls or shelves prior to your home roof replacement is vital to protecting your belongings. Consider storing them in a secure place, far away from the action just to be on the safe side.

Remove Patio Items

Your local roof contractor will need plenty of space to walk around your home to gain complete access to the roof. To prevent any tripping accidents from occurring, remove barbeque grills, patio furniture, bikes, and kids’ toys and place them inside a garage or storage shed. This also protects your items from accidental damage due to falling debris.

Protect Your Yard

Prior to your home roof replacement, you’ll want to snip off any branches that hang near your roof. You’ll also want to cut your grass short as it will prevent nails from getting buried in the grass, making the cleanup process easier.

If you have flower beds or vegetable gardens around your home, it’s a good idea to shield them from dust and debris by covering them with a tarp or plastic sheet. Hanging plants should also be moved to a safe location.

If you have a lawn irrigation system, turn your water sprinkler off before your local roof contractor arrives and keep it off throughout the installation process.

Move Your Vehicles

A home roof replacement is a messy job that requires a lot of space. That’s why it’s important to clear as much space around your home as possible. If you park your vehicles in the driveway, you will need to relocate your vehicles to another location to give your local roof contractor easy access to the roof, as well as to provide enough space to store equipment and roofing materials. Plus, moving your vehicles will also serve to protect them from dirt, debris and accidental damage.

Prepare those Around You

If you have young children and pets, consider planning for them to stay with a friend or relative during the home roof replacement for their safety and comfort. If they must remain in the home, it’s important to talk to your children and even your neighbors beforehand to prepare them for what’s about to occur.

Be Cautious After Installation

After the installation is finished, your local roof contractor will clean the debris from your roof and gutters, as well as your yard. While the yard will be cleared of most debris, homeowners shouldn’t expect that every single nail will be removed from the lawn or property, so it’s very important to wear shoes outside, and ensure that your kids and visitors also wear shoes outside to avoid injury.

For any roofing related questions or concerns, contact your local roofing experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We’ve got the experience, knowledge, and strong customer service you’d expect from a local roofing professional, and we’re scheduling virtual appointments so let’s talk about a new roof for your home today!