If you have arranged for a roofing contractor to replace your roof, here are two tips that you might find useful.
De-clutter before your roofing contractor arrives
A day or two before your roofing contractor is due to begin the roof replacement process, you should spend a few hours removing items from the areas of your home where he or she will be working.
These areas may include the loft and the garden, as well as the sections of your patio which are located next to the edges of the roof (as this is where the contractor will set up the scaffolding). Clearing out these parts of your home prior to the arrival of the contractor will serve two purposes.
Firstly, it will enable the contractor to begin their work the moment they reach your property, instead of having to waste their time moving obstructions out of the way before they can start.
Secondly, it will eliminate the possibility of your valuable possessions being damaged while the roof is being replaced. For example, if you remove any paperwork, books or electrical goods from your loft, you won't have to worry about the possibility of these items sustaining water damage as a result of rainwater falling through the open sections of the roof.
Likewise, if you move your garden furniture and barbecue equipment out of the garden, there will be no danger of these items being struck and broken if heavy roofing materials or tools fall off the scaffolding.
Weigh the pros and cons of staying in the house during the roof replacement process
Before your roofing contractor begins working, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of remaining in your home while they carry out their work and decide whether it is best to stay or move into another accommodation.
If you're on a tight budget and both you and your family can tolerate exposure to dust and loud noises, then it may more economical to stay in your house.
However, if anyone in your household suffers from any respiratory conditions such as emphysema or asthma, you may need to seek out alternative accommodation. Roof work generates a huge amount of dust which, if inhaled by someone with a respiratory disease, could exacerbate their symptoms and make them extremely ill.
Similarly, if you have very young children who may become distressed as a result of the extremely loud sounds produced by the roof replacement process, then it may be easier to simply move out until the roofing contractor has finished their work.