You’ve finally decided to have your roof replaced. Congratulations! You’re on your way to once again having a safe and beautiful roof over your head. What should you expect while your roof is being replaced?
There’s no way to get around it: Roofing is noisy business. From nail guns and the sound of debris falling to the sound of roofers walking above your head, for the duration of your roof replacement, there will be varying degrees of noise. If you have babies, young children or pets who may experience distress from the noise, you may want to plan to spend at least a few hours a day away from home.
Another side effect of having your roof replaced is that you will experience some vibrations from the tools being used. This could potentially cause things to fall off walls or slide off of shelves, so it’s always advised to keep potentially breakable items secure. Better still, take pictures off the walls and temporarily store breakable items away to avoid accidents, particularly on the upper floor of the house, nearest the roof.
Possible damage to landscaping and outdoor items
There is a potential for landscaping and other items to be damaged during a roofing project, due to the potential for falling debris. To avoid that, move all patio furniture, potted plants, your BBQ, etc. out of harm’s way in advance of the roofing project. Many Ottawa roofing companies will assist with this process at no extra charge
Similarly, it’s a good idea to remove your car, motorcycle or boat from the driveway and/or garage to avoid damage to these items.
Clear and present danger
During a roof replacement, your home is effectively a construction zone. That means dangers are potentially everywhere, from tools lying about to falling debris and more. If you have small children, never leave them unattended during this project and keep them away from the work area. Even adults should move about the house with a higher degree of care than usual.
Changes in schedule
There’s no debating Mother Nature, and there are going to be times when the weather won’t co-operate with your roofing plans. Be flexible and know that the job will get done, even if it’s a few days behind the original schedule. Don’t schedule your roofing appointment with a tight timeline (leading up to a vacation, for example) because you never know what can happen. Allow yourself ample time for a Plan B.
When you hire a roofing company to replace your roof, it’s important to go into the process well informed about what to expect. The process will be noisy and probably a little inconvenient, but it shouldn’t take very long to get the job done. And when your new roof is complete, you’ll be able to rest comfortably knowing that your family is safe and comfortable under a well-constructed roof.