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Prepare for a Roofing Job at your Home

Prepare for a Roofing Job at your Home

How to Prepare for a Roofing Job at your Home

Have your home ready for the roof installation by following these simple tips.

Getting your roof replaced doesn’t require a lot of preparation time for the homeowner but there are a few things that you want to think through and have ready for your contractor for the day of installation.

Remove any delicate items away from the house.  

While we take the utmost care with your landscaping and property, we appreciate if you remove planters, statues, garden animals, hoses and anything else that could potentially be damaged during the installation. We also ask that you move patio furniture away from the home.

Test your outside power outlets.

Please test your outside power outlets to be sure that they are working prior to the installation. Our nail guns and other tools require power and if outlets are not working or non-existent, we will need to make arrangements for alternate sources of power.

Let us know if anyone will be at home or will be arriving home during the installation.

If someone will be in the house during the installation, remind them to be very cautious opening doors and walking outside while the installation is taking place. We also appreciate it if you tell us if any children might be arriving home after school. We’ll be sure to have areas safe and clear for them to enter the home.

Consider sending your furry family members to the animal daycare for the day.

We love animals at Greenawalt Roofing Company and we know that our pets are part of our families. Installing a new roof involves a lot of loud noises from nail guns, footsteps on the roof, etc. Your animals may become stressed and scared at the unusual sounds. Consider asking a friend or family member to keep the pets during the day or send them to the animal spa for a day of pampering.

Do I need a new roof?

Do I need a new roof?

How to Tell When it’s Time for a New Roof

It’s not always easy to know when your roof has reached the end of its service life and needs to be replaced.

Most people don’t think much about their roof until they have a problem that gets their attention. Water stains on interior walls and ceilings are a sure sign that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s important to take action before your roof leaks and causes interior damage but it’s not always easy to know when it’s time for a new roof.

Start by asking yourself “how old is the roof and what type of material is it?”

Different materials have different lifespans ranging from 20 to 50 years. A metal roof is the most durable and can last as long as 50 years. Wood shake roofs last an average of 30 years and common asphalt shingles will protect your home for about 20 years. If the roof has not been well maintained or was damaged during a storm, its lifespan will be shorter, no matter that roofing material.

Next, take a look at the condition of the roof. Are there missing, loose or curling shingles or shakes?

Check the gutters. Are they filled with debris or granules from the shingles? If you spot any of these telltale signs of an aging roof, you should schedule your free roof inspection today before you have a problem.

If you are experiencing obvious leaks, you should call a professional roofing contractor right away to assess the problem. In some cases a roof repair may be possible and with proper maintenance you could extend the life of your roof for a few more years. Our experienced team will assess the roof and provide an estimate for repair or replacement.