A new roof is one of the most annoying installations that homeowners have to face. Although annual roof repairs can help to avoid a costly roof installation, eventually a replacement is needed because all roofs will naturally degrade over time.

One of the most challenging aspects of a roof replacement is having to stay on top of the weather forecast. Contractors can not install a new roof when it’s raining because the rain can adversely affect the quality of the installation.

It rains in Scotland all year round and that is why it is crucial to prepare for your roof replacement in advance.

To make sure your contractors can work both efficiently and effectively, follow our tips to set everything up correctly for the big day.

1. Remove Obstructions From Your Yard and Roof

If you have an outdoor area, it is important to clear everything out of the way for your new roof installation.

Your installers need to be able to access your roof freely and use your pathways to carry their tools.

During the installation, the old material gets removed and your yard will be used to store the waste.

Therefore, it is in your best interest to remove any obstructions from your yard.

When it comes to company placed times on your roof, make sure to contact the company in advance because some will give you removal instructions and others might send someone to do the work for you.

Here are some of the things that you must remove:

  • Sculptures
  • Tables, chairs or benches
  • Landscape light fixtures
  • Garden pots
  • Bikes
  • Satellite dishes
  • Lighting rods

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2. Remove Your Vehicle

During your new roof installation, your installers will need to park in your driveway so they can easily access their tools and trucks.

You should look for a safe and free place to park your vehicle in advance to protect it against falling roof items.

3. Cut Your Grass

Before your new roof, the old material gets removed and short grass will help your roofers to clean up the aftermath faster.

Many roofers who take care of the waste will ask you to cut your grass in advance.

4. Plan Your Outlets

When installing the new roof, your contractors will need access to electricity to use their construction equipment.

Make sure you have a few extra extensions available that can run through your home, in case your outdoor outlets are not enough.

If you end up using your indoor outlets, to avoid hazards, make sure to choose those that are close to your windows, so the chords can easily pass through.

5. Clear Your Walls

The heavy machinery and hammering used for your new roof will cause vibrations, and depending on your walls, some of that vibration could travel through.

It is a good idea to remove all of your wall hangings and decorations for your roof installation. Make sure to remove any decorative objects that are hanging from your ceilings too.

6. Protect Your Garage and Attic

When it comes to replacing your roof, both your garage and attic will likely take the most beating.

Clear any valuable or fragile items that you may have in your attic and garage.

Cover all the remaining elements in your attic and garage with plastic sheets to protect them against dust.

7. Get Your Family and Pets Ready

While the noise level of your new roof installation depends on the nature of the work, there will still be plenty of noise.

It is best for those who have small children and pets to arrange accommodation for when the work is taking place.

If you decide to stay in your property, make sure to let your children know how unsafe the work zone is.

It is your responsibility to ensure that they know the backyard is off-limit while the replacement is taking place.

8. Let Your Neighbours Know

As soon as your contractors start working, everyone will instantly know you are installing a new roof

Loud noises cannot be avoided during the installation, but by giving your neighbours the heads up, you give them the opportunity to be prepared or make plans for the day.

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