Feeling nervous about a big roofing project coming up? Here’s what to expect from the professional roofers, and how to ensure the whole process goes smoothly.
Preparation and Arrival
A little bit of preparation is very important for larger roofing projects. Roofing contractors will request that you move all vehicles out of your driveway/yard to clear up room. A lot of roofing also involves many new materials like stacks of shingles or lumber. You may want to clear a spot for these materials while the work is progressing. Often roofers will deliver these materials before starting the project, so expect a delivery a day or two ahead of schedule. This is a sign to examine your estimate and contract to refresh yourself on the details.
When roofing trucks first arrive, it’s important that you be there to greet them. This is likely to happen early in the morning – roofing contractors need the daylight for maximum visibility, and prefer to show up at dawn, especially if they can complete a project in a single full day. So set your alarm clock and prepare to say hi.
Upon arrival, the supervisor in charge of the project will probably ask a few questions, such as where your external power outlets are located. A quick circle of your house is advisable so the supervisor can see the landscape, the best way to access the roof, and more. After this first tour and discussion, the professional roofers can get on with what they do best!
In larger roofing projects, there is going to be a lot of trash. Reroofing and repairs involve tearing off many shingles and often the underlayment, along with other materials. This debris has to go somewhere, and it usually goes in a big pile in the front of your house. Unsightly, but roofers will take away all this junk when they are done. If there’s a specific spot that is ideal for this trash heap – or a spot where it really shouldn’t go, like a new flowerbed – you may want to mention it.
When people walk, work and nail on your roof, it creates a lot of noise. Keep this in mind for anyone who is going to be around, including house pets, children, and anyone trying to take a nap. Fortunately, as noted, professional roofers usually quit when the daylight fades, so you’ll still be able to get a good night’s sleep. Another important point to note: Roofers will take some extra time during multi-day projects to protect sensitive portions of the roof overnight.
In addition to noise, roof work also causes vibrations that can be felt throughout the whole house. When preparing for a lot of roof work, you may want to take down anything delicate that can easily fall off walls or shelves when things get shaken up.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your roofing project, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Findlay Roofing, today!