A leaky roof doesn't always mean you need to get a new roof, but if your roof is old, a roof replacement might be a better use of your money than repairs. A home roof replacement is a big investment and a large undertaking. However, there's not much work for you to do other than make room for the roofing crew. Here's a look at some of your responsibilities in getting a new roof.
Pick Out the Material Type & Color for Your New Roof
When you need a new roof, you have the chance to get something completely different. You might want to switch from asphalt to metal or tile. Even if you stay with asphalt shingles, you can choose a new color to give your home a different appearance. Before making your decision, weigh the pros and cons of each type of roofing so you make the best choice for your budget. You may also want to use a roofing visualizer app that lets you try different types of roofing and exterior home colors on a picture of your home that you upload so you can see the effect of getting a new roof style or color for your home.
Get Your Property Ready for the Work Crew
Once you've chosen the roofing materials you want, the roofer orders the materials and has them delivered to your property. The shingles will probably be placed on top of your roof so they don't get in your way. However, you'll need to make space for the dumpster. The dumpster should go close to your house so debris can be tossed in it easily. This usually means the dumpster will be in your driveway next to your garage. You'll want to get your cars out of the way so the dumpster can be positioned properly, and make other plans for parking since the dumpster may be on your property for a few days.
The roofing crew is careful not to disturb your plants, but if you have valuable plants or ones that have sentimental value, you might want to cover them or set up some type of protection to keep them safe throughout the roofing process. Another thing to keep in mind is your pets will not be happy with strangers climbing on your roof. The noise will probably make your pets anxious too. You may want to take them to a friend's house for a couple of days so they'll be happier and won't get in the way of the crew.
Contact services like Par One Construction, Inc. if you have more questions about the home roof replacement process.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.