- By: Marie
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Many homeowners are unaware that, while it’s best to leave the actual installation of new residential roofing to professional builders, there are several steps they can take to expedite the process. The experts at Thomas Roofing and Restoration have compiled a list of five key things homeowners can do to prepare for residential roof installation:
1. Trim the Grass
Residential roof installation can be messy work! Throughout the process, fragments of material will land in the yard. If the grass is too high, it can camouflage sharp shingles and nails, endangering pets and family members in addition to prolonging the cleanup efforts.
2. Bring Tarps to the Attic
Covering possessions in the attic with tarps will ensure their protection from dirt and other debris that may be shaken loose from above during roof replacement. The tarps shield items from getting dirty.
3. Talk with Neighbors
To maintain friendly relations with next-door neighbors, notify them in advance that work is going to be done on your home. Provide them with an estimated time of completion and let them know which days the crews will be working and their anticipated work hours. It’s the considerate thing to do and will give them an opportunity to be elsewhere during peak work hours when the noise level will be greatest.
4. Relocate Vehicles in the Driveway
Before any work begins to install the residential roof, vehicles need to be removed from the driveway leading up to the house. The roofer will need a clear lane and wide berth to drive up to the house and unload key roofing equipment and materials.
5. Free Up the Nearest Outlets
Not surprisingly, installing a residential roof requires power tools. Homeowners shouldn’t be surprised if their contractor asks to utilize one or more outlets. Select outlets located closest to where the crew will be working and remove any existing devices that might be plugged in. Doing so will give the roofers ample room to work and charge tools/equipment.