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6 Steps to Protect Your Home During a Roof Replacement

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From an outsider’s perspective, a roof replacement seems like a pretty simple project: you just remove the shingles and then replace them with new ones. Easy, right?

Unfortunately, your replacement probably won’t be so cut-and-dry. Things can get a little messy, and it’s best to prepare your home ahead of time to keep your property safe.

On average, we work on over 1,000 roofs per year. Whether it be a repair or replacement, we always advise our homeowners on the best steps they can take to prepare their property and valuables. Now, we want to share that information with you.

Keep reading to learn six different steps you can take to protect your home during your roof replacement.


1. Cover Your Attic

Things will likely get a little bit messy during your roof replacement. If your attic isn’t protected, whatever you have stored up there could end up covered in dust, debris, or wood splinters. 

To protect your attic, you can either cover your belongings with old sheets and drop cloths or lay down tarping. After your replacement is finished, you can easily roll the debris-covered cloths or tarp up and take it out as part of the cleanup process.

If you have nothing stored in your attic, you might not want to trouble yourself with laying down any protective coverings.  However, be aware that it’ll probably get extremely dusty. You may have to do some vacuuming up there if you want to keep the area clean after your replacement. 


2. Clear Your Patio & Deck

As workers clear and replace your roof, debris will fall onto your patio and deck. You’ll need to remove valuable items from these areas to make sure they don’t get damaged. 

If you can’t move your setup, you can protect at-risk items like patio furniture, potted plants, and grills by covering them with tarps and/or plywood before your replacement starts.

blue tarp covering patio of house getting roof repairs

To go one step further, ask your roofer what steps they’ll take to protect the items you couldn’t move. This will allow your contractor to be aware of objects that fall within their workspace, giving them a better idea of how to work around these items to keep their work crews, and your valuables, safe.


3. Tarp Your Garden

Protect your landscaping with coverings such as tarps or plastic; this will offer protection against the dust and trash that accumulates during a roof replacement. You should also remove any hanging or potted plants that could get hit with falling debris.

Make sure to inspect your garden for fragile items, and then remove them and put them in a safe location. This could include mosaic stepping stones, solar-powered lights, potted plants, statues, wind chimes, water fountains, and birdhouses.


4. Move Your Vehicles

Moving your vehicles away from your garage and driveway will make your replacement a whole lot smoother for both you and your roofer.


If you keep your car on the street or at a neighbor’s house, it’ll keep it far enough away from the work zone to avoid accidental scratches or damages. It’ll also create room for the roofers’ trucks to quickly offload and load shingles and debris.


5. Remove Wall Decor

You’ll probably notice some vibrations caused by hammering, hand-nailing, and other power tools. The walls in your home will react to the pounding your roofers are doing during the replacement, and anything you have hanging on the walls can slip right off and smash onto the floor. 

Any paintings, pictures, or wall decorations that look as if they’re one tremor away from falling should be removed before your roof replacement starts.


6. Mow Your Lawn

Although your roofer will try to keep their workspace neat and tidy, it’s likely that debris will fall on the ground surrounding your home. Our cleanup method involves using a magnet 3 separate times to look for nails and other materials that might have fallen during your replacement.

silver roller magnet picking up stray nails out of grass

First, the crew will sweep the magnet around the entire perimeter of your home during cleanup on the day of installation. When they return to double-check the work, the project manager will then do a second sweep around the perimeter of your home. Lastly, the dumpster driver will sweep around the area where the dumpster was placed after he’s removed it from your driveway.

To make their search as quick and easy as possible, it’s helpful to cut your grass short before your replacement begins.


Now That Your House is Ready for a Replacement, What's Next?

Now that you know how to protect your home during your replacement, you may be wondering how long the whole process can take.

Replacement times can vary according to the type of shingles you choose, the complexity of your roof, and even current weather conditions. Read this article to learn more about how long your replacement could take.

Our best piece of advice for protecting your home during a roof replacement is to hire an experienced roofer. We aren’t telling you this because we’re trying to sell you, but because we have seen too many homeowners not get the best roof possible. Read this article to learn more about the benefits of hiring an experienced contractor. 

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