Owning a home is a big deal. Every homeowner is faced with installation or maintenance challenges now and then, and one such challenge is putting up a new roof. A lot goes into installing a new roof.
What Are the Benefits of a New Roof?
It is a huge (and long-term) investment when you are putting up a new roof for your house. Among its many benefits are improved home functionality, efficiency, and safety.
Good roofing is equally as important in the following aspects of your home:
A new roof helps improve your home’s curb appeal. Your home is not well maintained if you have sags, algae, and/or moss on your roof. These signs can keep potential buyers away from your home. However, a new roof which is in good shape will give your home an attractive look and make it worth a lot more.
The link between the exterior world and the interior of your home is the roof. Having it in good shape will keep away destructive elements such as debris, ice, snow, hail, and rain. A damaged or poorly maintained roof will cause your home to have issues like mildew, mold, and leaks. Valuable things inside of your home can be damaged by even a small leak.
A new roof gives additional value to your home even if you are not selling it. You will experience fewer air leaks if your home has sufficient attic installation, proper ventilation, and is structurally soundproof. This easily translates to efficient air conditioning, leading to lower heating and cooling bills.
4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a New Roof
As your roof gets old and worn out, replacing it is something you will have to do at some point. It is a long-term investment and adequate preparation needs to be done.
Here are 4 tips that will help you prepare for a new roof…
1. Prepare your home’s interior
The interior of your home needs to be prepared as you plan to put on a new roof. Even though no real work will be done in the house, interior preparation is still important. It ensures that you do not damage any items in your house. Wall decorations can be affected once the hammering of your new roof begins. The vibrations can cause wall items to fall. You should take all items off the walls. Meanwhile, the hammering on the roof can cause debris and dust to fall into the attic. You must cover all your belongings with drop cloths or old sheets until the roofing is completed.
2. Prepare your home’s exterior
Your home automatically turns into a worksite once the roofing begins. You need to be well prepared for it. Pruning trees close to your roof will give contractors clear access to it. Clear, cut grass will also make it easier to clean up anything that falls off the roof and onto the ground. This will help reduce any risk of an accident after completing the project. Tools to be used in working on the new roof will be brought close to the house, and it is easier when there is no obstruction– so, move your vehicles out of your driveway. Also, you avoid any accidental damage to your car if you move it away from the worksite. Finally, before installing a new roof, ensure that you remove all antennas. Allow contractors to do this for you. They can also help you with reinstallation after the work is done. Satellite dishes are prime examples of things you should remove.
3. Prepare children and pets
Your home will become a temporary construction site as you install a new roof. Ensure that all kids are away from the work area at all times. Work equipment like nails, metal flashing, and ladders can cause an accident for children and pets alike. They should be kept far away from the work area.
4. Prepare your neighbors
With all the noise that will be generated from the work area, your neighbors will be affected. Talk to them so that they can prepare for it too. Since they are aware of the disturbance that is to come, they can adjust their schedules.
Your home will turn into a worksite when you are putting up a new roof. So, you need to prepare for the installation of the new roof. The tips mentioned in this guide will be of great value to you as you make efforts to prepare your home for the installation of a new roof.