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How to Properly Prepare For Your Upcoming Roof Replacement!

A roof replacement is a big job that could disrupt everyday life for a few days, or even a week depending on the size of the roof.

Fortunately, it is something that only needs to be done every 25 or more years as long as the installation is well cared for.

To avoid problems, plan ahead before the roof company gets there to start the work. If you have a roofing replacement scheduled soon, these tips will help!

1. Notify The Neighbors

Let your neighbors know a week or two ahead that you are having a roof replacement done so they are expecting the noise and mess.

They may even need to move their cars out of their own driveway as a precaution if it is close to property lines.

Common courtesy goes a long way when having major work done on the house that could affect the neighbors, too.

2. Clear The Area

The morning that the roof company plans to start the work, go around the house and clear away all items that could get in the way or become damaged.

Park cars on the street, then put patio furniture, barbecue grills, kids things, and all  other movable backyard items away in the garage.

There should be nothing around the house that could be in the way and create a safety hazard or be damaged by the contractors.

3. Mow and Prune Ahead of Time

Since it could take a few days for your roofing replacement to be finished, do any yard maintenance ahead of time.

Trees that come close to the roof should be trimmed back. If doing so requires calling out a tree service, plan that well in advance so it is done in time.

Messes around the front or backyard will be easier to clean up if the grass is shorter, too.

4. Protect Personal Property Inside

Depending on the home, it might be a good idea to protect certain items inside, too.

Pounding from above during a roof replacement could cause some interior walls to vibrate. It could also introduce, or shake loose dust in the attic space.

Plan ahead by taking picture frames off the walls and breakables off their shelves to store them in a safe spot until the work is complete.

Likewise, if there are items stored in the attic, consider covering them up with drop clothes or old sheets that can be taken off afterward to remove all the dust.

5. Take Down Satellite Dishes

When a whole roofing replacement is being done it is necessary to remove satellite dishes, antennas, and anything else that is mounted to the top of the roof to do a complete job.

Though the roofers could take it down themselves, it is a better idea to call your cable provider to take it down and then put it back up so it is done correctly.

If it is an old dish or antenna that no longer gets used, however, this is a good time to remove it and get rid of it.

6. Label Useable Power Outlets

Roof companies sometimes need to use power tools, especially if they are making repairs along with the new installation.

Before they arrive find all the outside outlets and make sure they have power, then show them to the roofers when they arrive.

7. Keep Kids and Pets Away

The biggest danger when having a roof replacement done is curious kids and pets getting in the way and someone getting hurt.

Explain to the kids what will be going on and that they are to stay out of the yard and away from the work crews.

Pets should be contained in a room or in their crates or somewhere else that they cannot escape.

If the noise and activity causes stress, consider loading everyone into the car and going to visit some family or friends for the day or doing a family activity. Just stay close by and accessible by phone.

Keep Things On Track With Early Preparation Before Roof Replacement

When the time comes for a roofing replacement it is recommended that you plan ahead in preparation for the contractor’s arrival.

A clean, safe work environment ensures the roofing company can do their best work, cars and personal property go undamaged, and there are no accidents.

Follow the 7 steps on this list and then let the contractors do the rest!

How to Find a Roof Leak

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Your roof plays a vital role to the overall well-being of your house and provides its inhabitants with a shelter from the wind, rain, snow, and the hot, sweltering sun.

Without it, neither your material possessions or you and your family members safe from the many things that the different seasons may throw at you.

Because the roof is such an important structure, it is equally as important to make sure that there are no cracks or ruptures anywhere on it by hiring a professional roofing contractor or doing manual inspections periodically.

Check Your Roof At Least Once a Year

Checking your roof once per year should be sufficient, but ideally, doing a thorough inspection inside your attic and on your rooftop once every 3 to 4 months is even better.

Of course, not everyone has the time to do a thorough rooftop and attic inspection when they have other things they need to take care of in their busy lives, so as long as it is done at least once a year and especially during winter time when it starts raining a lot, then that is good. 

Sign That Your Roof Needs Help

So, there must be some sort of sign that is making you wonder whether or not you have a leaking roof.

  • Could it be that puddle of standing water that is in the middle of your kitchen?
  • Could it be an actual dripping sound that you hear faintly emanating from within your walls?
  • Could it be water that you actually see sliding down your walls?
  • Could it be a water stain or some other discoloration that you see on your ceilings or walls?

Whatever your reason is, you need to find out for sure if it really is a leaking roof you are dealing with so it can be fixed right away.

Check Your Roof From The Attic

The first place you will want to look is inside your attic because it is easier to spot where water is coming in from the outside.

If it is sunny outside, you just might be able to see the light coming through the other roof, but this will not work with wood shingles because they are designed to let some light through while keeping the rain out.

Armed with a flashlight, see if you can spot any puddles of water and trace back the steps of the water from there.

You should be able to find where the water is leaking through if it is raining.

Check the Roof Exterior

Check the exterior by climbing onto your rooftop, but be weary of where you step.

The damaged area will obviously be weaker than the rest of the roof that is intact, so step on the rafters that provide the support at all times.

Look out for any shingles that look out of place, have broken off, or are missing.

While you are up there, make sure that your gutters are free of any debris that has accumulated because the water that is not moving freely down the drain storm will collect and can enter through the wall's side or the edge of your roof.