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Do you know how to prepare for the installation of your New Roof?

Like any home renovation, there are ways you can prepare your home for installation day. Tips include:

• Cut your grass short before roof installation begins. Shorter grass will make it easier for your roofers to use a magnetic nail finder to recover any nails or staples that go astray during a roof replacement.
• Cover items in your attic with a tarp or plastic sheeting. Small gaps in your decking can allow shingles, nails and other debris to fall onto your insulation or valuables stored in your attic.
• Move plants and lawn furniture far away from your home. This also applies to vehicles parked in your driveway. Relocating valuable items will minimize the chance of them being damaged while your roofing team hauls debris over the side of your roof.
• Loud noises coming from the home may increase anxiety or disturb sleep habits. While it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children and pets. You may wish to remove pets for the day the construction is happening. The nailing and loud banging from loading materials on the roof can be stressful on pets.
• The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the existing deck are needed.
• Remove All wall Decorations:
 Walk through the rooms on the level below your roof.
 Consider any knick-knacks, pictures or other items that are hanging from your ceiling or walls.
 As a precaution, remove any decorations that aren’t permanently secured with screws.
 You may also choose to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.
• If any workers come to your door identify them by a company shirt and ask to see identification. Take a picture of their identification. It has been a tactic of burglars to pose as a company employee when they see construction ongoing.
• Identify several accessible power outlets.
• Your contractors will need access to electrical outlets while they are working. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is the second-best choice.
• If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.
• Let your neighbors know about the planned work. Give them an anticipated timeframe for the duration. They will thank you! This will give them an opportunity to adjust their schedules and situations so that they can be most comfortable while the work is going on.
• Be aware of your surroundings during construction.
• Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles. Extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there offer some fine opportunities to really hurt yourself. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries.
• If you should have any questions you want to speak to your project manager, not the laborers. You also can call the office at anytime and request your project manager get in touch with you as he may be on the roof and unable to locate from the ground.
• it is always best to communicate with your roofing company throughout the roof installation process. Ask if they have any other suggestions to make this work smoother for their crew and your family.
Most importantly, remember that this construction and any inconvenience it brings is temporary. Soon you will have the new roof that you’ve been waiting for and thank you for trusting us with your project.
~Chris Porosky
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