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Are you in need of a new roof? If so, it’s important to start planning and preparing your home for replacement.
Debris is bound to fall, and you should prepare for this. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging property or having to clean up massive amounts of roofing material as well as leaves, dirt, and other materials that may fall onto your property. If left uncollected, these can clog gutters and cause water damage around the house.
Dublin City Roofers offers quality roof replacement, repairs, and installations. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a new roof replacement.
Clean the Roof
Before the new roof goes on, the old one must be completely clean. The roofing crew will do this as part of the installation, but you can help by removing any tree limbs or leaves that may be in the way. Also, ensure the surface is free of dirt, dust, and other debris.
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, you’ll want to remove any moss or algae built up over time.
It can be done with a soft brush and a solution of bleach and water. Be careful not to damage the shingles while you’re cleaning them.
Windows are especially vulnerable during a roof replacement because the workers will carry materials, cut panels, and remove old shingles.
Windows can be secured in a few ways:
- Temporary Window Film: A plastic sheet is applied to the window and sticks with an adhesive. It can be removed when the replacement is complete.
- Window Shutters: Wooden or metal shutters can be installed outside the window frame to protect it from debris.
- Window Guards: These are metal bars that fit over the window and can be opened or closed as needed.
- Screens: Screens can be placed over the windows to prevent debris from entering.
Whichever method you choose, ensure to keep them in place until the replacement is complete.
Clearing the patio is an essential part of a roof replacement project. It prevents the roofers from having to move or climb over obstacles, and it also keeps them safe from tripping on wires, plants, or other items.
To clear the patio, you will need to move any furniture, toys, potted plants, or other objects that are in the way.
It will prevent damage to the objects if they are moved before the roofers put them on the ground, and it will also prevent accidents.
Remove vehicles from the driveway and garage to make room for the roofing crew and their equipment.
Keeping your vehicle away from the construction zone will help prevent it from being scratched or dented by equipment.
Cover it with a tarp if you cannot move your vehicle to keep away debris. Consider placing cones around the garage to avoid anyone accidentally hitting your car while entering or exiting.
Clear Objects on the Roof
Remove any objects on the roof, such as bird feeders, air conditioning units, satellite dishes or antennae, and chimney stacks.
Not only can these objects get in the way of the workers, but they can also be damaged during the replacement process.
Clear & Protect the Antiques
Antiques are furniture that has been around for centuries. A truly fine antique can last a lifetime and retain its value through the years.
The only wrong thing with such venerable objects is that they might be damaged during a roof replacement project.
There will likely be befalls of debris. Window screens may become dislodged; rain and wind may enter.
It is necessary to take a few preparatory steps to protect the antique:
- Remove the furniture from the room where the replacement will take place.
- Cover the furniture with sheets or tarps.
- Tape the sheets or tarps around the edges of the furniture with duct tape.
- Remove any items hanging on outside walls (bikes, tools, recycling bins) and store them indoors until the project is completed.
Protect Fragile Items
The vibrations can cause damage to anything that is not well-anchored. Even anchored things can be placed at risk, as they will still vibrate if the movement comes through the walls or floor.
To prevent this, ensure items like dishes and glassware are completely protected by moving them off counters, tables, and other surfaces before work starts.
Protecting your home is an important step to take when preparing for a roof replacement. These steps will help you get ready and prevent damage while waiting for the roofers to arrive with their tools and equipment.