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How to prepare for a Roof Replacement

Updated: Apr 30

Roof repairs and replacements however necessary, can be rather inconvenient. The hope is to try and make the entire process of the project as seamless as possible. We do this by providing clients with the proper information and tools for complete transparency throughout the duration of the project. Maintaining open communication is vital to ensure a successful roofing project.


Plainly put, tearing off an old roof and installing a new one is a big project. It can take up a lot of space around the property and perimeter of the home. A roof replacement is also a messy and dirty job. The crew will take every pre-caution to minimize the dust and debris created during the roof’s replacement process, but there is no getting around the fact that dust debris is hard to tame.


Please understand that the property of the project will be transformed into a construction site. Take caution when moving about. Be mindful of any equipment set up, storage of materials, safety hazards, and safety warnings that may be put into place such as caution tape & safety signs. Just keep in mind that it’s all for the benefit of the project and safety assurance.


To start the project off there are a few things that are asked prior to rolling on site to ensure that the job runs as smoothly as possible. Please review the client ‘Preparation Guide’ prior to the roofing crew’s arrival and project set up.



·       Move vehicles and other items away from your driveway (when possible).

·       Put away or cover any patio furniture, grills, outdoor toys, hanging and potted plants, landscape décor, or other items around the outside of the house. We recommend moving what you can into a safe storage space such as a garage or a shed. For items to large or heavy to move we suggest covering them with a tarp or plastic sheeting while the work is being performed.

·       If you have satellite on your roof, you should talk with your cable provider to move it while your roof is being replaced.

·       WINTER: Make sure driveway and walkways are plowed & free from ice.

·       SUMMER: Turn off yard sprinklers, wet grass is more prone to damage. Cut the grass to a short length at least a couple days prior to the start date. This makes it easier when it comes time for the crew to complete a thorough site clean-up and sweep the property with a magnetized roller designed to pick up nails and any loose metals.

o   Please note that space will be needed for the roofing company’s trucks, trailers, and equipment (when necessary).



·       Remove any valuables within your attic (space directly below the roof surface) and cover any remaining items with plastic sheeting or painters' cloth for protection. Dust and debris will be expelled from the roof deck with any type of roof work. A large amount of dust and debris can be expected with roof replacements and repairs.

·       Temporarily remove any hanging frames, decor, or mirrors on your walls to prevent them from falling. You should also consider removing any glass sconces on light fixtures that are attached to the walls especially on the upper floor levels (when applies). Any type of heavy construction on your home’s frame can cause strong vibrations that shift mirrors and photos on the walls, this is inevitable.



·      Be prepared for loud noises once the work starts. The loud noises from the machinery, equipment, power tools, and the crew banging on the roof can disturb pets, small children, and the ability to work from home for the duration of the project.

·      Make sure that all persons and pets inside the home are looked after throughout the course of the work. With young children and pets, you may want to decide for them to stay with a friend or relative during the project, this is always recommended.

·      When kids and pets are within the home, its strongly recommended to keep them inside while the crew is on site. We kindly ask that you do not allow them to roam freely or unattended, outside the home. Please have them supervised by an adult or responsible person at all times while outside the home. The construction equipment and materials on site poses a safety hazard for them.



·       Inform your neighbors about the work scheduled to have done. Provide them with an estimated total time frame for the project (if known).

·       Warn them of the loud noises they may experience in addition to the trucks and equipment that will be coming in and out. This is especially important for neighbors with children and pets. Remember, a little curtesy can go a long way.


Rest easy knowing that upon completion of the work your home will have increased in value and you will have a reliable new roof to enjoy.


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