Whether you are replacing your old roof or installing one on the house that you’ve built, you are going to need the same checklist. It may seem like you don’t have anything to do for roof installation because you are hiring professional contractors but as a homeowner, you’ve got some things to take care of. For one thing, you need to find those roof contractors.
Roof installation sounds a big project and it is, that is why it is very important to be prepared and have answers to all questions. So, let’s keep the introduction short and jump to our checklist for roof installation.
Item #1 Hire a roofing contractor
First and foremost, get the hardest thing done before you proceed to other preparations. Once you reach to roof installation, start looking for a reliable roofing contractor, who will take over your project.
You can find a roofing contractor through your contacts or a web search. Make sure to check certifications and reviews before hiring anyone. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t do roof installation on your own (unless you’re a roofing technician) since it bears risks and requires special skills and equipment.
Item #2 Indoor preparations
This point refers to you if you’re replacing your old roof or if for some reason, you have all your belongings inside your property. Roof installment creates vibration and might cause things to fall or even create leaks on the ceiling. Roof installation can also create a lot of dust. So, here are some indoor preps before roof installation:
- Empty any shelves, kitchen cabinets and collect loose items such as paintings, photos, decoration, etc.
- Cover your furniture as well as anything in your garage and attic.
- If you have open beam ceiling then remove rugs.
In summary, cover and collect everything that can get dirty or fall.
Item #3 Outdoor preparations
As we already discovered, roof installation is a messy and noisy process, so your yard needs some preparation too. Roofing contractors highly recommend covering up your pool if you have one, otherwise, it will need a thorough cleaning later.
If you have special plants outside then relocate them or cover them up to prevent potential damage. Don’t park your vehicles on your driveway or in the garage. It is a lot more safe, plus roofing contractors often need space for their equipment.
Item #4 Safety
And last but not least safety measure. Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, there should be no one inside during the roof installation. Move your family, employees and pets away until the installation is over.
If you have solar panels, satellites or anything else attached to your old roof, you need to remove them before the installation of the new one begins. Make sure they’re safely detached and ready to be used again.
And one last tip, if you are still planning to enter your property while the roof is being installed, make sure that the access path is safe and you’re advised to wear a construction helmet.