Depending on where you live and the type of roof you have, your roof could last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. If you’ve identified that your roof needs to be replaced, there are a couple things that you can do ahead of time, during the install, and after the job is completed that will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. If you’re considering it or already one scheduled, here’s what to expect when getting your roof replaced.

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Before the Roof Replacement

It’s really helpful to know what you’re in for when it comes to replacing your roof. You may be wondering, “How long does it take to replace a roof?”. Good news is it’s typically 1-3 days depending on the size and layout of your roof. 

While it’s only a couple days, it is important to remember that it’s going to be a loud and messy process. There are some important things you can do ahead of time to keep your property safe/clean and also make it easier for the roofing team:

  • Clear out outdoor furniture, toys, gardening equipment, etc. The roofing crew is going to be walking through your backyard frequently. Giving them ample space makes it much easier for them to do their jobs. Additionally, the process of removing and installing the roof is really messy. Debris, old shingles, and nails will get all over the yard. While your roofing team will clean up after the job, it is possible for outdoor furniture to get damaged during the process, so remove it from the area just to be safe.
  • Mark/protect any plants or shrubbery that is delicate and cannot be removed. If you have expensive plants that can’t be relocated, mark these with orange tape so it can be clear to the team that these plants should be treated with extra care. Do note that there are some falling items that are out of the team’s control, so if there are plants that are very important to you, do your best to protect these items with netting or a tarp.
  • Park on the street. A dumpster will be dropped off as well as the new roofing materials. Your roofing team will need your driveway for these items and as a working space, so your driveway must be clear. “I can just park in the garage” you say? Well you might want to rethink that too. Garages are often not insulated making it much easier for dust, debris, and shingle granules to fall into the garage. If these fall on your car, they can very easily scratch your car’s paint. If you do leave your vehicle in the garage, it’s a good idea to cover it.
  • Prep your attic. If you have delicate or important items stored in your attic, it is a good idea to remove those before the roof replacement starts. Similarly to your garage, your attic is likely to become covered in nails and dust. If you can’t pull items out, it is a good idea to cover them.

During the Roof Replacement

Now that you’ve got your house and backyard ready, here’s what to expect when getting a new roof. As was previously mentioned, the roofing team will be walking through your backyard and all around your house, but do the roofers need to come inside? No, they will stay on the outside of your home, but again it’s still very important to prep certain parts inside your home for the roof replacement. So now that the day has finally arrived, here are some good things to keep in mind:

  • Gates will be open, debris will be falling, and roofers will be walking all through the backyard, so pets cannot be outside. At the very least, you will need to have your pets inside during the roof replacement. A better option (when possible) is to drop them off somewhere else as many pets can be overwhelmed and scared by the noise of the replacement and strangers outside the home.
  • Kids may be overwhelmed or distracted by the noise too. It may also be a good idea to take the kids to grandma and grandpa’s during the roof replacement too. While this is by no means a requirement, it’s good to be prepared for the disruption that this may cause for their day to day life.

After the Roof Replacement

Before the roof replacement is scheduled, be sure to talk with the roofing contractor about their standards for clean up. It is important that you understand what their clean up process looks like so you can be sure that it aligns with your expectations. Also, be sure that you understand the timing of dumpster removal, final payment, etc. so you can be ready for those steps after the replacement is complete. Here are a couple things to be prepared for after the roof replacement:

  • Inspect the job with the roofing contractor. You’re not a roof inspector, so you won’t be able to see anything that requires an expert eye, but it is important to have the contractor walk you around the property and show you the final result. If there is anything that looks out of place or not quite right, call this out. This is your time to ask questions and express any concerns that you may have.
  • Be on the lookout for stray nails. The roofing team should do their best to gather any debris, shingles, or nails, but it’s very possible that they may miss a couple here and there. Be sure to look out for any stray nails that could be dangerous for kids, pets, or even yourself. 

Now that you know what to expect when getting your roof replaced, you will likely have a very smooth roof replacement process. If you’re still in the consideration phase, give us a call at (858) 206-9685 and we can help get the process started.