Answering Your Questions About Roofing

Before Replacing Your Roof, Arrange for These Conditions

by Donald Evans

If you've got a roof replacement appointment to schedule, you know you don't have a lot of time. You've got to get the roof done before the next rainstorm hits. But you should give yourself enough time to arrange for certain conditions so that you know the inside of your home will stay in good shape. Roofers are careful not to do things like break through your ceiling, of course, but the vibrations from the roof work and regular human needs can take a toll on things inside. Here are some things you should do to get the inside of your house ready for a roof replacement.

Designate—or Refuse in Advance—Bathroom Facilities

The roofers are human, and they'll need bathroom facilities. Many roofing companies bring along their own portable toilets, so it's likely that you won't have to worry about providing bathroom facilities. But it is possible that the company might not have portable facilities with them. You need to talk to the roofing company and find out what they are planning because, if you don't want the workers entering your home to use the bathroom, you need to state that up front. If you don't mind them coming in, designate one bathroom for their use and put out guest towels, which are disposable but decorative paper towels that you can get at home goods stores.

Secure Loose Items

The vibrations from the roof work shouldn't be so bad that they cause things to fall off shelves, but it's better safe than sorry. Move pictures off walls and loose items off shelves; place them in closets to keep them out of the general walkways in the home.

Board Pets

If you thought your pets freaked out when you turned on the vacuum cleaner, just wait until the pounding on the roof starts. Instead of putting your pets through that stress, send them off to a pet hotel for the few days that the roof work will be happening. If you don't feel good about sending the pets away for several days, arrange for pet daycare or for the pets to go to a friend's house during the day and then come back home at night.

Cover Furniture and Food

This one isn't necessary, but it can be helpful. Cover your furniture, pillows, and any open food just in case the roof work raises a lot of dust. You really don't want that on your pillow when you go to sleep or on the fruit in your kitchen table fruit bowl.

Contact the roofers and ask them about how long they think the work will go on and what they're doing about bathroom facilities. The more you prepare now, the smoother everything will go during the work.

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