Replacing the roof of your house can be an exciting process. Whether your old roof is old and weathered, or you simply want an update, a new roof can drastically improve the appearance of your house and safeguard it for years to come. Roof replacement can also be an overwhelmingly large project. By knowing how to prepare, you can ensure the entire renovation process runs as smoothly as possible.
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Protect children and pets
Although children and pets may be drawn to construction sites, they can be extremely dangerous. You must ensure children and pets are kept at a safe distance from any possible hazards and reduce the chances of them wandering into danger. Potential threats include heavy, sharp machinery, uneven ground or deep holes and unsafe structures. It is also important to note that whilst most construction sites have signs warning visitors of any potential dangers, this will do little to defer an animal or a child. You can satisfy a child’s curiosity by taking regular photos of the site yourself or watching together from a safe distance.
Protect any vehicles
Aside from your home, your car is also at risk of external damage during a residential roof renovation. Falling dust or debris can land on your car and render it undrivable for the duration of the renovation process. It is also advised to give up your personal parking space for a residential roofing contractor to allow them unrestricted access to the construction site. This allows them to access any tools or machinery quickly and efficiently and reduces the chances of any accidental damage to any surrounding vehicles or property.
Inform your neighbours
Although they will figure it out soon enough, it is good neighbourly etiquette to inform your neighbours of any upcoming construction plans you have for your house or garden. Let your closest neighbours know when work is set to begin as well as when it is expected to be complete. By doing so, they can adjust their schedules accordingly. Good communication also reduces the chances of you, or your residential roofing contractor, receiving a verbal or written complaint after the work has commenced.
Prepare your garden
As your garden will be transformed into a temporary construction site, any plants, trees, shrubs and garden furniture must be sufficiently protected. Any low-hanging branches or tall trees may require pruning before the roof replacement process can begin. Patio furniture or climbing frames may also need to be covered, dismantled or moved inside or to a remote part of the garden. This reduces the chances of any dents or permanent damage from heavy-duty vehicles, machinery or paint. It is also recommended that you mow your lawn on the lead up to your roof replacement. This increases the chances of you, or your contractor, identifying and removing any hazards such as pins or nails left behind after the work is complete.
A residential roof replacement is a big commitment but following these tips will ensure you are as prepared as you possibly can be.
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