The 8 Ways You Can Prepare Your Home For a New Roof

By Stacy Mellete

Roofing projects can be a stressful task for most homeowners. Unfortunately, there’s no clear cut way to avoid the stress and disruption to your routine a roofing project can bring, especially if the new roof is urgently needed. Thankfully, there is a way you can prepare yourself for the new roof installation that can help you minimize the stress.

In this post, residential roofing contractor in St. Petersburg FL, from Affordable Roofing Systems discuss the eight different ways you can get your home ready for the new roof.

  1. Move Your Vehicles – Roofing projects can cause debris to fall around your yard and your driveway, which can damage your vehicles. Not only that but your contractors may also need a place to park their vehicles to bring their equipment. With that in mind, make sure to park your cars a safe distance away the night before the roofing team arrives.

  1. Clear The Garden – Before the roofing project starts, make sure to move any outdoor furniture to prevent them from getting in the way of the professionals. The debris may also damage your furniture so it’s best to move them into a shed or the garage and cover them with a tarp.

  1. Protect Your Plants – Your plants can be extremely delicate and are vulnerable to falling shingles. Therefore, it’s always best to ask your contractors for help in placing netting or a tarp over the flower beds to prevent them from being damaged.

  1. Unlock The Gates – To conduct the roof repairs or replacement St. Petersburg FL, your contractors will need full access to your home so make sure to unlock the gates for them so they can have easier access.

  1. Protect Your Valuables – A new roof installation involves a lot of hammering, which can create dust and debris. While most contractors will do their best to minimize this, it’s often inevitable. To do your part in minimizing this, make sure to protect any valuables you may have in the attic by relocating them to a safe spot or covering them with drop cloths or a plastic sheet.

  1. Cut The Grass – Once the new roof installation is done, the roofers will use a metal detector to find the fallen nails while they’re disposing of the debris. Cutting the grass beforehand will make finding the nails easier and prevent you from stepping on a nail.

  1. Make Arrangements of Children and Pets – If you have pets that are easily stressed out, consider finding a safe place for them to be comfortable in and away from the noise. As for your children, on the other hand, be sure to set some rules and boundaries to prevent them from getting in the roofers’ way or injuring themselves by going where they shouldn’t.

  1. Inform The Neighbors – Roofing projects are noisy jobs and can disturb your neighbors. Therefore, inform your neighbors of what’s going to happen in the next few days so they aren’t caught off guard by the noise and dust.

For assistance in your roofing maintenance needs, look no further than Affordable Roofing Systems. We are your number one provider of residential and commercial roofing services in St. Petersburg Florida.

Give us a call at (813) 542-8462 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Tampa, St Petersburg and other nearby areas in FL.

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