Your home’s roof is one of the most significant structural components on the property. This is because it protects your home from damage from the elements, invasion from pests and critters and more. Your home’s roof also serves as an insulator to promote efficiency with your heating and cooling system, and it protects the structural components inside the home as well. With how important the roof is to the home, you understandably want to keep it well-maintained through periodic repairs and even a full replacement from time to time. If you are planning to repair or replace your roof soon, you can easily follow these helpful tips to prepare your home for the best results.
Make Room for the Roofers to Work
At first thought, you may not think that roofers need much room to work because their efforts will be confined to the top of the home. However, they will bring ladders, work trucks and even large waste disposal bins with them. Shingles and debris may fly off the roof of the home during their efforts as well. It is important to give roofing professionals adequate space to work when making roof repairs or roof replacements. Consider parking your cars in the street away from the home, moving patio furniture away from the perimeter of the home and more to give workers the space they need.
Protect Your Property from Damage
Roof repairs or roof replacements can result in minor property damage from time to time, but there are steps that you can take to protect your property. For example, shingles and debris that fly off of the roof can fall down and break potted plants. You can easily remove decorative items, furnishings and more from the perimeter of the house to prepare the exterior for the work that needs to be done.
Think About the Inside of the Home
While damage may be done to the exterior of the home, it is also important to think about the interior of the home. Hammering and other efforts can cause significant vibrations inside the home during the repair or replacement process. This can cause picture frames and other decorative items to fall off walls. In some cases, small nick-knacks and other decorative items may fall off shelves, tables and more. Take time to walk through the home, securing belongings that may be damaged by vibrations.
If you keep storage in the attic, it’s best to cover the items or furniture as well from any debris or dust that might soil your belongings.
Safeguard Pets and Children
A final and important tip to keep in mind is to keep pets and kids away from the work area. Pets should be kept indoors while there is work in progress, and pay attention to whether gates were left opened or closed after the workers leave. A close eye should be kept on children as well, and they should be encouraged to play indoors until after the work has been completed. Before you let your children and pets venture outdoors after the work has been completed, walk through the yard to ensure that stray materials or other items have not been left in the space.
Roof repairs or roof replacements can help you to maintain the condition of your property, improve its property value, protect the home from the elements and much more. However, these are significant work projects, and the homeowner can benefit significantly by taking a few steps to prepare their home. In the days leading up to your scheduled repair or replacement work, follow these tips for the best results.
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