While there are certainly ways you can help extend the lifespan of your roof, eventually, all roofs need to be replaced. A licensed professional can help you prepare for this process, but it helps to know what to expect when this project rolls around.
Tearing Off the Old Roof
Tearing off your old roof is going to be a messy, dusty, and dirty process. It may even seem like a disaster has struck your home. Lots of materials go into constructing a roof, which means lots of materials need to come off.
Not only will this process be a complete mess, but it will be loud. When working from home, having young children, or owning pets, this is a critical expectation to manage.
Your roofer may have many of the supplies they need on hand, but there’s a good chance they will have to order some materials for your project.
The ordering process also involves working on choosing shingles based on color, quality, and design. This process could take a couple of weeks.
Large trucks tend to make the deliveries for the roofing materials needed to construct your new roof. It’s a good idea to keep both your driveway and lawn clear for these trucks.
Many contractors will use construction mats to protect your lawn from damage, though you should ask about this ahead of time to be sure.
The installation timeframe will vary from company to company. Some smaller projects can be done in as little as one day, while other large-scale roofing projects may take several weeks.
Most companies don’t expect homeowners to be home during this process. However, stay near the phone in case your contractor needs to contact you.
As we mentioned in our first point, roofing and reroofing is a messy process. Once your roof is complete, there will be many debris, tools, and materials to clean up.
Your contractor should handle this part of the process though, so don’t worry too much. They will provide a thorough cleanup of your property, including your lawn, driveway, and walkways.
Be cautious in the days following this project, as it’s likely small remnants like nails and splinters will be left behind.