As a property owner, you need to pay attention to your roof, especially if it is a few years old or hasn't been inspected in a while. As a general rule, it is best to schedule your roof repairs as soon as any damage occurs. This helps to avoid greater, more costly issues. On the day of repair, there is a substantial amount of work and activity involved. Therefore, you need to prepare your home before the roofing contractor arrives. Below are several ways to get your home ready:
Put Away All Wall Hangings and Other Valuables
The first step toward prepping for a roof repair is to remove all wall hangings. This is because the project involves a lot of vibrations through the walls from all the hammering. Removing all the wall hangings ensures that they do not fall and break. This also extends to valuables such as vases, sculptures, and other breakable items. Pull them down from pedestals and other high stands, and place them in a safe place to restore them to their usual positions once the roof repair is complete.
Safeguard Members of Your Household
Repairing your roof with vulnerable members of your household present can be challenging. This is especially so for household members who need to be watched and supervised, particularly children and pets. If you can, make arrangements for the children to have a play date away from the house during the repairs, especially if it's an extensive project. If the roof repairs needed are minor, you may limit the kids' to a section of the home that won't be affected by the repair. Be careful to keep all vulnerable household members under supervision at all times.
Clear or Cover the Attic
If you have an attic, you can protect it by either covering or clearing it. That is necessary because attics are usually the most affected areas during a roof repair. Therefore, you need to secure everything therein to protect it from damage from debris produced. Without this protection, you would otherwise be further tasked with cleaning your attic once the roof repairs are done.
Clear the Patio or Deck
In addition to clearing your deck, you will also want to remove everything from your patio, including furniture and equipment. For heavier equipment that may not be movable, ensure that you cover it completely with a tarp to protect against damage and dirt. Moreover, a clear patio or deck provides the roof repair contractors with additional space to work.
The above checklist will help you prepare for a roof repair. Nonetheless, a roofing service will provide further guidance and assistance before the contractors begin.