Getting your roof replaced is a big project, one that requires a bit of preparation on your part before the roofing crew even arrives. If you do your piece, the replacement will go faster and smoother. As we mentioned in our previous blog, there are three major aspects of roofing replacement preparation: the exterior, the interior, and preparing your family. Since we’ve covered what you need to do to the outside of your home, we’ll focus on how to prepare your family and the inside of your home for a roofing replacement in this blog post.
Prepare Your Home Interior
Installing a new roof involves several preparations for the inside of the house, in addition to the outside of the house. All that hammering of nails and removing of shingles is going to shake the foundations of the earth, which means everything within the house needs to be protected in various ways.
The attic is where we store a lot of the things we’ve collected over the years. The attic is also the place that will bear the brunt of the impact of a new roof installation. Move all fragile and valuable things in the attic to a lower room. Cover the floors and whatever can’t be removed with a tarp. This will make cleanup easier once the roof is replaced.
If you have an attached garage and are having the garage roof replaced as well, then you have to be even more careful. Houses usually have extra insulation that garages lack. This means debris is more likely to fall through in a garage. Remove all valuable things from the garage and cover the floor with a tarp.
The windows can get scratched from fallen debris. Depending on the roofing company you choose to work with, they might board up the windows, or you’ll have to do it on your own.
Anything fragile inside the house, like crystal decor or china, should be put in storage. Any paintings, framed pictures, mirrors, or wall hangings should be removed and stored in a safe place as well. The top floor is where you need to be most vigilant—you might be able to keep a few fragile things on the lower floors.
Prepare Your Loved Ones
Installing a new roof can take anywhere from a day to a couple of days, and it can be a long and loud process. For someone who doesn’t understand what’s going on, like young children and pets, it will be confusing and scary, and it’s hard to explain to them that it will be over soon.
If you can arrange for pets and your children to be at a family member’s or friend’s house for a few days, that would be the best. If that is not possible, then ensure that they are inside the house where they are less likely to hurt themselves or get into trouble. Keep their favorite toy and snacks close by. Reassure them and make sure they feel safe.
Professional Roof Replacement Made Easy
Are you planning a roof replacement? Be sure to follow these steps and the outside preparation tips mentioned in our previous blog to replace your roof without a hitch. When you’re ready for professional roofing services, turn to Unified Roofing. We are dedicated to providing excellent craftsmanship and professional services at an affordable price. Get in touch with the experts at Unified Roofing for a consultation and a quote today!