How to Prepare for Your Greater St. Louis Roof Replacement

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One thing RRSA St. Louis knows for sure, when homeowners decide to get a new roof it is an exciting time for both of us. The RRSA St. Louis team gets excited because roof replacement is the wheelhouse of our company and we love the look on a homeowner’s face once their new roof is installed. Homeowners get excited due to the fact that this is a major home improvement and one that will increase the beauty, curb appeal, safety, and value of their home.

If you are a homeowner who is getting ready to have us install a new roof on your Greater St. Louis home, there are some steps you can take before the job starts to make the process run more smoothly for you and for our roofers. We have listed these steps below:

1. Consider Your Pets and Children

Loud noises are going to be a part of your roof replacement project, and this may disturb children and/or pets. And while watching our roofers do their job may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children. Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off-limits until the project is complete. You may want to consider boarding a nervous pet or having a friend or neighbor house them until your Greater St. Louis roof replacement job is over.

2. Place Vehicles in a Safe Area

Contractors need quick access to their tools and trucks throughout the day. They need a place to load shingles and debris. You’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is completed. You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.

3. Remove Pictures and Other Decor From Walls

The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the existing deck are needed.

  • Walk through the rooms on the level below your roof.
  • Consider any knick-knacks, pictures or other items that are hanging from your ceiling or walls.
  • As a precaution, remove any decorations that aren’t permanently secured with screws.

You may also choose to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.

4. Protect Items in Your Attic

During a roof replacement, numerous installers will be walking on your roof, pounding it with hammers. Dust or small debris will fall in attic spaces during a new roof installation. You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the roofing company is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.

5. Move BBQ Grills and Patio Furniture

Find a safe area to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants while your new roof is installed. If you don’t have on-site storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.

6. Prune Low Hanging Branches from Trees

Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before RRSA St. Louis begins your roof replacement project in Greater St. Louis. Our roofers will use drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home. However, having your grass cut right before the job begins is a big help. Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup faster and more thorough.

7. Access to Outside Power Outlets

Our roofing professionals will need access to electrical outlets while they are working. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is a second-best choice. If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can pose a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.

8. Remove Antennas or Satellite Dishes

If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins. If it is an old, non-working unit, most roofing contractors will be happy to remove and dispose of it for you.

9. Inform Your Neighbors

Let those living next door to your Greater St. Louis home know that your roofing replacement job is about to begin. Give them an anticipated timeframe for the duration. They will thank you! This will give them an opportunity to adjust their schedules and situations so that they can be most comfortable while the work is going on.

By following the above steps before your roof replacement project performed by the pros at RRSA St. Louis begins, you will make the process so much easier for both you and us.

RRSA St. Louis offers FREE roof inspections. Call us today to set up an appointment for your free roof inspection.

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