Water Damage, Roof Replacement, And You

3 Things You Should Do To Prepare For Having A New Metal Roof Installed

If you're like many modern consumers, your leisure and family time takes priority over other aspects of your life. At the same time, you may be working long hours in order to care and provide for your family, so you understandably need to minimize household tasks and home maintenance chores during your time off from work. Many homeowners are opting to have metal roofing installed as part of their strategy to keep home maintenance and repairs as minimal as possible. If you've recently come to this decision yourself, you're undoubtedly looking forward to many happy years of having to do little more than using a roof broom now and then in order to keep it looking good.

Metal roofs don't leak, are rarely affected by high winds, and usually last for upwards of 50 years. Once they're installed, you'll hardly even have to think about them. However, having a new roof installed takes several days. Here's what you need to do to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved.

Let Your Neighbors Know

Removing old roofing materials and installing new ones is not a quiet process, so it's only good manners to let your neighbors know that there will be a few days of construction noises while your roof is being installed. It's also important to be mindful of current zoning restrictions concerning noise—most jurisdictions, for instance, limit construction to certain times of the day, such as between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Protect Your Landscaping

Trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that are next to the home should be covered by a tarp in order to protect them from falling debris and dust. It won't hurt them to be deprived of direct sunlight for the few days it takes for the roofing contractors to install the new roof, but construction dust and debris could cause significant damage to the plants.

Make Reservations at a Local Motel 

If at all possible, make arrangements to stay at a local motel while the roof is being installed, particularly if you've got young children in the home. There's simply no way to drown out the noise generated by installing a new roof, and it's generally not recommended that children be allowed to play outdoors while construction is going on. If it's not possible to stay in a motel, try to find activities in the community to keep your children occupied during the day to limit their exposure to loud construction noises.