A new roof for your home comes with a lot of benefits. It also comes with a little bit of anxiety over what to expect during the process. It is estimated that the need for reputable roofing services will grow by 4.9% through 2021, so you are not alone in your quest for more information about the roofing process for your home. The information here will help you to know what to expect and prepare for your new roof installation for your home.
First Things First
When you first meet with the roofing contractor for your home, early on you will have to make a couple of decisions. The roofer will prepare an estimate based on what type of roof you want and which process you choose. Some homeowners choose a re-roof option instead of a complete tear-off and starting-from-scratch option.
Re-roofing can save you money. It is a roofing process for your home that builds a new roof right on top of your old roof. The savings are realized by not having to demolish the old roof. Reroofing is a one-and-done option.
In other words, you can only reroof one time. Of course, you will also have to find a roofer that offers this service. Not all of them do.
You should meet with at least three contractors to compare estimates. Once you have decided which contractor best meets your needs, it is time to move forward with your project.
Typically it takes one to five days to finish a roofing project on a home. The time it will take for your home roofing project is relative to the size of your home and the type of roof replacement you choose. For example, a reroofing project takes less time than a complete tear-off roof. Replacing a section of a damaged roof takes less time than both a reroof and a tear-off.
Your contractor should be able to provide you with a timeline. In some cases, another damage is discovered during the process of replacing the roof on your home, which can add time to the project deadline.
The COVID 19 pandemic put a serious chink in the supply chain which can also cause some delays. In 2020, the total overseas trade dropped by about 9.5%, which was a decrease in trading of 16% compared to the year before.
The supply chain and trade are stabilizing but there may still be some hiccups as backorders are filled. Plan for changes to the timeline, and stay flexible.
Do Your Part
You can make the project move along smoother by doing your part. Make sure the roofers will have a clear path around your home to bring in materials and equipment.
Keep children and pets away from the worksite, and ensure that any obstacles have been removed. For example, consider moving cars out of the driveway and putting them in the garage.
Let your immediate neighbors know that there will be roofers working on your home so they will be more understanding if there are trucks taking up parking spaces. Check with your HOA to ensure that you are following all the bylaws and rules in your neighborhood for the construction of your home.
Do This In Your Home
Hammering and other roofing activities can jar loose any pictures that are hanging on the upper level of your home closest to the roof. You may want to consider removing wall art, framed pictures, and other fragile items that can be shaken off the wall. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Consider covering bushes and shrubs around the foundation of your home with tarps to protect them from falling debris. You may also want to mow your lawn before the work starts. Longer grass can hide debris that has fallen like roofing nails, which can cause a problem the next time you mow.
It is a good idea to remove any ornamental potted plants from around the outside of your home that sits on porches. Anything that you do not want damaged you should remove from the foundation area of your home to about three or four feet away from your home.
Being prepared for your roofing project will cut back on anxiety. If you have any questions about anything else you can do to ensure that the project goes smoothly, ask your roofing expert. They will be more than happy to work with you to ensure that your project goes off without a hitch.