How to Prepare for a Roof Replacement
You may have done your due diligence in repairing your roof as it was damaged, but there comes a time when you just have to replace it. Luckily, you can entrust the work to your local, reliable roofing company.
Before they get there, however, you will have some homework and preparation to do. There are a handful of steps you can take to protect your property and make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Before You Commit
Deciding to do a full re-roof can be tough. It’s expensive, and you have to weigh it against the alternative of simply repairing what you can. If you have questions about whether you need repairs or a replacement, you can shop around local roofing companies to give you a quote.
Finding a reputable, trustworthy company for the job is a must. They’ll be the ones to help you figure out the best option for your house and budget. Call around to local roofing companies to find one that will provide quality work and materials at a fair price.
One thing that your contractor can help guide you through is choosing the roofing material that works best for your house. The most popular options include asphalt shingles, different types of tiles, or shake, but there are a number of other roof types you may not even be aware of!
What type of material you choose often depends on two main factors: climate and budget. Some areas need extra resistance against hail, snow, or, in the case of Arizona, heat, and some materials do better at protecting your house against different elements.
Time of Year
If you can feel the need for installing a new roof approaching, consider what season it currently is. Fall is the busiest season for roof replacements due to its mild, generally consistent weather. Fall is convenient, but you may have to wait. The same can happen in spring.
Depending on what part of Arizona you’re in, you could also get away with summer or winter. Though they have the more extreme weather, the valley’s mild winters and the north’s gentler summers can allow for suitable re-roof conditions.
Steps to Prepare for a Roof Replacement
Once you’ve decided on the type of roof that you’re installing, you need to get your home ready. Here are a few steps you can take to protect valuables and make the roofers’ jobs as easy as possible:
Move Your Car
In order to stay out of the way of the neighbors as much as they can, the crew will need to take up your driveway. Make sure you move the car into the street, or somewhere else nearby if your property allows. As long as it’s not in front of the house, you’re in good shape.
If you cannot park it within a reasonable distance of the house, put it in the garage. Not only will the roofers have their vehicles and materials in the driveway, but there will be a fair share of dust and debris flying around. Moving your car down the street or into a closed garage can save it from an extra car wash, or even damage.
Get the Pets Out of the House
Roofing gets loud. There are people walking all over the roof, hammering, cutting—it can be stressful for animals. Between the noises and the strangers, your pets are likely going to be very unhappy and might react poorly.
If you have pets, it’s best to get them out of the house. Send them to doggy or kitty daycare, or to a family or friends house while work is being done.
Shelter All Outside Valuables
Installing a new roof is a construction job. Heavy materials are being moved around, and lots of people are moving around your property.
If you have a potted plant or two that you really love, move them somewhere safe. Anything on the exterior of the house that you don’t want damaged should be moved into the house or garage while the roof is being replaced. Think decorations, furniture, and tools. (You don’t want to have to replace those lawn gnomes!)
Don’t Forget About the Interior
Once again, your house is about to undergo a small construction project. The work might knock things off the wall. More valuable and pricey objects either hung up or living on wall shelves should be taken down.
How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?
Typically, you only need to clear one day out of your schedule for a re-roof. Most often, roofs can be replaced in a single day, though it will take most of the day.
The time required does depend on the size of the house and extent of the replacement. For example, if the sub roofing needs to be replaced or the roof has an exceptionally complicated structure, the project may require more time. Worse case scenario, it will take a few weeks. However, even these more complicated installations usually only last a few days to a week.
Find the Right Arizona Roofing Company for a Roof Replacement
Having a secure and safe home is important. Keeping your roof in good condition can make all the difference in the longevity of the entire house. Don’t wait too long to replace your roof. Once a trusted contractor deems it’s time, it’s best to make it happen sooner rather than later.
Legacy Roofing is the trusted roofing company in Northern Arizona. We’ll give you honest advice and estimates about replacing your roof. Schedule an inspection today.