Preparing for a New Roof Installation

Beautiful Beach House located on the water. This new roof installation came with a breathtaking view.
Mattapoisett, MA

Having the roof of your home replaced can be an exciting as well as a stressful ordeal. The years of wear and tear and long winters that gave you grief. You’ve had leaks, damage, and all sorts of trouble, but now it’s finally time to resolve those issues. Spring will be upon is in Massachusetts in a couple of months, and you can feel more comfortable with your new shingle roof. However, having the roof over your head peeled off and replaced can also be a bit worrisome. How should you prepare? Are there any precautions you need to take for a new roof installation? Yes. But Sousa Roofing & Siding has you covered to make replacing your roof a stress-free experience. Here’s a list of the ways we recommend our customers prepare for a new roof installation.

Give the crew access to your roof

It seems rather obvious, but your roofer is going to need to get on to your roof! Any professional roofing contractor will come prepared, but the homeowner has to do it’s part by having the perimeter of the house cleared.

Installing a new roof is a big project and takes up a lot of space. A good roofer will set up tarps and other means of catching debris around the perimeter of your home. This saves a lot of time for the cleanup process. To make sure that your outdoor items are safe, and that the roofers’ cleanup is as efficient as possible, clear your driveways, sidewalks, patios, and flower beds before the crew arrives. This means move your vehicles, remove children’s toys, outdoor furniture, grills, etc. away from the house.

Make Arrangements for Children and Pets

Don’t be mistaken, pets and young children aren’t in any inherent danger when you’re getting your roof replaced. However, pets that go to the bathroom outside and children that like to run around might feel a bit stir crazy during the process.

A new roof means tearing off your old one, and replacing it with new foundation boards, underlayment, and shingles. Construction can be noisy, and outdoor debris can be dangerous, so if possible, we recommend finding short-term accommodations for your pets and children.

Protect Your Valuables that are in the Attic

Experienced and attentive roofers should always try to minimize their footprint from the job, but replacing a roof is inherently a pretty dusty, dirty job. If you keep antiques, valuables, or cherished items in storage in your attic, make sure that they’re covered and out of harm’s way.

Notify Your Neighbor

Upgrades to your home, both structural and aesthetic, boost your home’s value — and your neighbors’! It’s true that if the neighborhood looks better, it’s more appealing to a potential buyer. Your neighbors will be happy to see you’re doing your part in caring for your home, but they might also appreciate a fair warning of the construction.

Just as above, small children and pets in the neighborhood can be equally as affected by the process on your home. Additionally, if your neighbors have nearby vehicles, outdoor furniture, or decorative items, they might want to move them as well. In most cases we will have to access your neighbor’s yard to cleanup any debris that might have made it’s way to their yard. One of the best things to do to prepare for a new roof is offer the small gesture of letting your neighbors know about the project ahead of time. It saves them the headache of making arrangements that are unexpectedly interrupted by noise and obstacles.

Take Note of your Interior

Heavy construction on your home can cause vibrations throughout your home. While roofing isn’t the biggest of ordeals, projects that involve laying new OSB boards and the like might cause some shaking on your home’s frame.

If you have valuable items like pictures, mirrors, or artwork loosely hanging on your walls — especially on upper levels — double check to ensure that they’re secure. The last thing you want to do is clean up broken glass instead of enjoying your new roof.

All in all, working with an experienced roofing company that has a solid and verifiable track record is the best way to prepare for a new roof. Their expertise should cover everything with you in advance. After all, they’ve done this hundreds of times.

Installing a new roof should take as much time for planning on the back end as it does to do the physical work. At Sousa Roofing & Siding, we’re always working towards new ways to improve our customers’ experience and the quality of service we deliver.

Is the roof on your home beginning to look streaky and worn? If you think it might be time for a new roof or an inspection for roof repairs, contact us to schedule a free estimate. We proudly serve the South Shore, South Coast and Cape Cod, MA area including Barnstable, Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties.