How to Prepare for Roof Replacement
When Long Island homeowners are in need of roof repairs or roof replacements, the first company they call is ML Best Construction. Their team of highly trained and experienced roofing contractors offer the highest quality craftsmanship and affordable prices. They also offer free inspections and estimates, and work quickly and efficiently. When it comes to your roof replacement, you can count on ML Best Construction, Inc to meet – and exceed – all of your needs.
Roof replacement is one of the best home improvements you can make. Not only does it improve the curb appeal of your home, but it also ensure your house – and your family – are protected from the elements.
While a replacing your roof is a wise investment, it’s a very complex job. To ensure complete success, it’s important that you know what to expect and make the necessary preparations. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind before and during the roof replacement process.
Do Your Research
Installing a new roof is a sizable investment and you want to ensure that you are spending your money wisely. Once you’ve made the decision to replace your roof, you want to make sure that you choose a reputable roofing contractor who will deliver outstanding results.
Do your research. Ask people you know who have recently replaced their roofs to make recommendations. Check reviews and ask for references. Find out about the experience, the materials, and the process that a prospective roofing contractor uses. Once you have decided on a contractor, ask them to walk you through the process so you know exactly what to expect.
Clear Access to Your Roof
It goes without saying that the roof replacement company is going to need to have access to your roof. You can make their job a lot easier if you take the time to clear access before they arrive.
Clear the driveway, the walkway, and all of the areas around your home. Remove vehicles, furniture, and other items that surround the perimeter of your home. Doing so will not only ensure that the roofing contractors can easily access your roof, but it will prevent your belongings from being damaged during the process.
Protect Valuables in Your Attic
It’s also a wise idea to clear out any valuables that are stored inside your attic. Reputable roofers will try their best to minimize the amount of dust and debris they create during the removal of your old roof and the installation of your new one, but it’s still a messy job.
If you have any valuable items stored in your attic that you don’t want to risk having damaged, consider moving them. If you removal isn’t an option, cover them with plastic wrap, drop cloths, or heavy sheets.
Make Arrangements for Children and Animals
If you have young children or pets, make sure you take the time to prepare them ahead of time. Young children are curious and might want to inspect what the roofers are doing, and pets can get out of the house. If they are in the “danger zone” of falling debris, they could be seriously injured.
You might want to consider making arrangements to have your kids or pets stay with a trusted friend or family member while your roof is being replaced. If you can’t make alternative arrangements, talk to your kids about the importance of steering clear of the work area. To avoid an accident, keep your children and pets inside until the work is completed.
Prepare the Interior of Your Home for roof replacement
The heavy tools and machinery that are used to install a new roof can cause strong vibrations to move through the interior walls of your home. Those vibrations can shift pictures, mirrors, light fixtures, shelves, and anything else that may be hanging on your walls.
To reduce the risk of damage, make sure you take down anything that’s attached to the walls before the installation of your new roof begins.
Prepare the Exterior of Your Home
If any tree branches are hanging near your roof, trim them before the roofing contractors arrive.
Use drop cloths to cover up plants and shrubs in the flower beds that surround your home. Mow the lawn right before the project is scheduled to begin so you can easily spot roof replacement nails, metal, and any other debris that may fall into the grass.
Talk to Your Neighbors
Your neighbors will probably be just as excited as you are about your roof replacement. After all, it not only improves the look and value of your home, but it can also enhance the beauty of your neighborhood and increase the value of surrounding properties.
Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to be neighborly and let the people who live next door and across the street know about the project. Let them know when it will begin and about how long it will take. Roofing materials can easily land in nearby properties, so your neighbors know in advance will allow them to make the necessary arrangements for their children, pets, and belongings.
If you’re looking for a roofing contractor, contact ML Best Construction with their team of experts – and these tips – you can ensure that your roof replacement goes as smoothly as possible.
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