On average, homeowners with roofing systems that are over 20 years old begin to prepare for roof replacement. Some people will put this off as they know it is an expensive project that requires planning and preparation. When you get your roof replaced, there are a lot of things to take care of before the roofers arrive. If you want to make sure nothing falls through the cracks and your roof replacement goes as planned, here’s how to prepare for roof replacement:
1. Find out what needs to be done and schedule it early
If there is roofing work that needs to be done besides your roof replacement, such as new gutters or downspouts, you will need to find a way to keep those projects from interfering with your roof replacement. It may be necessary for you to hire an additional contractor or postpone the roof replacement until such time as both jobs can be performed. This also applies if other renovations will be going on in the roofing area of your home while roofers are on site.
2. Remove all belongings from the roof
Having roof replacement done on a roof that is cluttered with furniture, lawnmowers, garden equipment, etc. makes it more difficult for roofers to get the work done quickly and safely. Clear all of these items off of your roof before having it replaced. You don’t want to have workers climbing over obstructions while they’re restoring your roof, especially if there are mountains of debris up there! If you need help removing personal property from your roof, call upon family members or close friends for assistance.
3. Prepare your access points
The easiest way for roofers to get onto a roof is through an existing entrance, such as a door or a roof hatch. In the event that you don’t have any roof hatches, having roofers create their own roof entrance is going to cost you additional money and time.
4. Prepare roof for roofing material
To get the best results from a roof replacement, it’s important to prepare your roof by clearing away old roofing layers and debris. This will allow new roofing materials to adhere correctly and give them an opportunity to withstand rainstorms without being damaged or dislodged prematurely.
5. Remove loose shingles from anywhere near the work area
Before doing anything else, check your roof for loose shingles around where the new ones are going to be installed. If there are any, have roofers remove them before they start roof replacement. Without doing this, you run the risk of a roofer accidentally pulling a nearby shingle during the roofing process, which can cause damage to other roof shingles and roof layers.
Once you’ve taken care of all these things, roof replacement should be a snap! Until it’s time for your roof replacement to begin, make sure you keep your access points clear and don’t allow anyone but roofers on your roof until everything is finished. This will ensure that everything goes smoothly from start to finish without any unnecessary interruptions or delays. If there are obstacles involving pipes or gutters in the way of roof replacements, talk with roofers about how best to accommodate those features in roof replacement roof projects.