Repairing a roof can become quite the endeavor depending on the amount of work involved. Replacing a roof can be a transforming, but messy process that’s a win-win for all involved. Keeping your roof in great condition, and making a choice to replace it when it cannot protect your home any longer is one of the wisest homeowner decisions you can make.
Once you’ve decided to repair or replace your roof, there will be some steps you’ll want to take before the work begins.
Find The Perfect Roofer
Do not go with the first roofer that gives you a quote. Instead, take your time to make a list of potential roofing companies based on minimum criteria of licensing, insurance, and reputation. Then consult with at least three roofers willing to inspect your roof and provide an estimate. Ask for references, deliberate, and then after you have done all that, choose a roofer.
Qualities To Look For In A Roofer
- certified by reputable organizations
- a positive rating with the Better Business Bureau
- has a list of references
- minimal customer complaints
- will provide you direct access to a specific project lead
- uses high quality materials
- is not willing to provide a quote without inspecting the roof first
- will thoroughly clean up the site when the job is finished
Prepare The Exterior
Small repairs to the roof won’t require too much preparation on your end. But more extensive repairs and complete replacements will require some prep work ahead of time, particularly to the exterior of the house.
Survey the area surrounding your home and remove any item that can be hit by materials, or be subject to damage from nails and other debris. This includes grills, patio furniture, cars, recreational vehicles, kids bikes and other outside toys, potted plants, etc.
Cut your grass short so that any nails lost during the roofing process can easily be found when clean up time comes. If you’re having work done during the fall time frame, clean up leaves and other debris so that work-site material can easily be spotted.
Park your car down the road or ask to park in the neighbor’s driveway, and keep traffic in and out of the house to a minimum. This is a good time to notify the neighbors as well that your roof is having work done. If it’s a total replacement they’ll probably rejoice at the increased home value that will occur as a result of the replacement.
Keep The Kids Safe
Most of the time you can still live in your home during roof repairs or replacement. But, you’ll need to take some precautions. Your home will be an official construction site, so you’ll want to keep pets and children indoors as much as possible to keep them safe. You may want to even relocate them to a family member or friend’s home, but that is entirely up to your comfort level.
Pets may be much harder to keep inside, especially dogs. You may want to consider kenneling your pup or having a neighbor or friend watch them.
Most reputable roofing companies and roofers will do all they can to accurately estimate the cost of repairing or replacing your roof. You’ll still need to be prepared for the unanticipated complication that drives the total price of repair or replacement up.
The more you educate yourself about the size, pitch, and condition of your roof, the more you’ll be able to anticipate these costs. When budgeting for your new roof, make sure you leave wiggle room for these kinds of surprises.
Report Your New Roof To Your Insurance Company
A new roof will drive up your home value. In case of a catastrophe such as a fire or other natural disaster, the cost to replace your roof must be accurately assessed. A new roof or any upgrade in your home for that matter, should always be reported to your insurance company so you can be compensated adequately if disaster ever hits.
Prepare The Home Interior
Complete roof replacement takes a bit more prep work on the inside of the home than a roof repair. If you have attic access, you’ll need to make sure all of its contents are protected. Roofing projects are extremely messy, dusty processes. So anything you don’t want covered in a layer of dust needs to be covered or removed.
Move any boxes and other smaller items out of the attic into the downstairs area. Larger items can be covered with a tarp if you cannot move them yourself. In the upstairs level, take any heavy objects off of walls to include mirrors, frames with glass, or glass sconces.
For roof repair projects, protect all items that are within the vicinity of the repair, whether it be items in the attic or fragile wall hangings such as mirrors or frames.