How to Prepare for a Roof Replacement
A roof replacement is a significant investment for your home or business, but it also requires a large amount of preparation due to the size and involvement of the project. This involves not only proactively preparing your family, employees, tenants, or clients for the project itself but also physically preparing the inside and outside of the house or building before work starts.
A roof replacement is a big project. It is not something that will be over and done within a few hours. Depending on the type of replacement, the size of the building, and other factors like weather, inspections, and materials, replacements can take multiple days or even weeks to complete. Working with your contractor or roof replacement company is key to understanding timelines and keeping all the moving pieces in mind.
Nobody likes to be surprised with a big project that interrupts the normal, day-to-day flow that people are used to and turns a property into a work zone. Proactive communication is key to helping people understand what is going on, how long it will be going on, and what to expect.
We suggest giving people in your household, your community, or your business complex as much of a heads up as possible before the roofing replacement starts. This can involve something as simple as a family meeting or something more involved like a detailed set of memos, posted announcements, or meetings with employees, renters, customers, or business owners in a complex.
Tips and Tricks
At Paradigm Roofing, we’ve been serving the DFW Metroplex, Austin, and San Antonio areas for over 30 years, so we’ve seen a lot of great preparation tips and tricks for a roof replacement. While not everything will be applicable to your specific roofing project, we hope this gives you a place to start. Whatever you decide works best for your situation, we recommend you start rolling out things well in advance of the renovation even beginning. This will give people enough time to process what is happening, make adjustments to their workflow or daily routines, and not be as stressed once work actually begins. Here are our top tips and tricks:
- Work with your contractor to understand whether people can stay in the house or building while the renovation is happening or whether they need to relocate.
- Due to the noise and the number of unfamiliar workers around, consider having your pets stay at a doggie daycare or pet hotel for the duration of the renovation.
- If you live in a neighborhood or housing complex, give neighbors, home associations, and housing boards a heads up as renovations will often affect the number of vehicles in an area. Let them know if things like a dumpster or other work materials will be taking up space.
- Understand any noise regulations or quiet hours and communicate those with your contractor.
- To piggyback off the point above, communicate roofing working hours with everyone so they can anticipate loud noises and potential interruptions (this is especially relevant if you live in or have a building near a residential area with noise restrictions or quiet hours).
- Relocate vehicles or block off parking lot areas for employees and customers to ensure no damage occurs during a renovation.
- Prep your physical space, for example:
- Secure or remove pictures or artwork from the walls and ceilings. Be especially cautious with rooms or spaces directly below the roof.
- Cover items in attics to avoid exposure to dust that might get stirred up by people walking and working on the roof right above.
- Provide workers a perimeter around a home or building if you can by relocating outside furniture or fixtures like grills, patio setups, or potted plants.
- Understand how a new roof will affect something like an antenna or satellite dish and work with your cable or internet provider if needed to relocate or temporarily remove something before the roof replacement begins.
- Use cones or tape to block off a section of the sidewalk to give space to workers and materials. This will also serve as a physical warning for the work zone (in some neighborhoods or business complexes you might need to ask permission).
- Communicate roofing timelines with the people affected and especially communicate if there is a delay.
- Also, communicate when a project is finished, support the cleanup process, and let people know when things are back to normal.
Lean on Us
Remember, you are not alone with your roofing replacement, and you can lean on us to help prepare for your project as well. Whether it is a replacement for a commercial building or a private home, we can walk you through the process, provide details on the project, and work with you on setting timelines so expectations are clear. The more you are aware of, the more you can support your family during a home renovation or your employees, tenants, and clients during a commercial renovation. Please contact us or stop by one of our locations in McKinney, Fort Worth, or Dallas to start the conversation.