Once the roofing company arrives, your house becomes a work zone – which as you can imagine – can present unexpected hazards. We want you and your family to stay safe when the shingles start to fly, so today we’re sharing our top 10 tips to prepare you for your east Grand Rapids roof replacement.
1. Consider the kids and pets. Loud noises may increase their anxiety or disturb their sleep habits. Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off limits until the project is complete.
2. Relocate your vehicles. Contractors will need quick access to their tools and trucks throughout the day. They need a place to load shingles and debris, so you’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is completed. You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.
3. Remove wall decorations. The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home. Walk through the rooms on the level of your home below the roof and consider temporarily removing any knick-knacks, pictures or other items that are hanging from your ceiling or walls. As a precaution, remove any decorations that aren’t permanently secured with screws. You may also choose to remove decorative light fixtures to play it safe.
4. Cover belongings in the attic. Dust or small debris will fall in attic spaces during your east Grand Rapids roof replacement. You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the roofing company is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.
5. Move grills and patio furniture away from the work zone. A shed or garage are the best places to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments and potted plants while your new roof is installed. If you don’t have onsite storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.
6. Prune trees and cut grass before construction begins. Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before your contractor can begin work. Your contractor should use drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home, but you need to cut grass a day before construction begins.
7. Identify several accessible power outlets. Your contractors will need access to electrical outlets while they are working. If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can pose a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.
8. Remove antennas or satellite dishes. If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them temporarily removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.
9. Talk to your neighbors. Let your neighbors know about the planned work and provide them with an anticipated timeframe for the duration. They will thank you!
10. Be aware of your surroundings during construction. Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles. Extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there offer some fine opportunities to really hurt yourself. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries.
Ready to discuss your east Grand Rapids roof replacement project? We’re here to help. Call us today to schedule a consultation so we can perform an inspection, prepare an estimate and discuss your options.