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Should I Stay Home During a Roof Replacement?

January 21, 2022

Summer is a great time to get any necessary roof work done while the weather is still dry and sunny. It’s also the season when the kids are out of school and a great time for families to get together. Many of our clients wonder if it’s okay for them to stay home during a roof replacement or any other type of roof work. It’s usually up to our customers if they want to stay at home during a roof repair or replacement. While it’s not necessary to completely move out of the house during a roof replacement, there are definitely some precautions you should take.

How Long Will Replacing Your Roof Take?

The duration of replacing a roof depends on various factors such as the size of the roof, the materials being used, and the weather conditions. Generally, for an average-sized home, replacing the roof can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

The process usually involves the removal of the old roof, inspecting the roof deck for any damage, installing new roofing materials, and performing necessary repairs. It is advisable to hire a professional roofing contractor to handle the replacement, as they have the expertise and experience to efficiently complete the job. Additionally, a roofing contractor can provide a more accurate estimate of the time required based on the specific details of your roof. 

Weather conditions can also affect the duration, as rain or extreme heat may cause delays. Proper planning and communication with the roofing contractor can help ensure a smooth and timely completion of replacing your roof. 

What to Expect When Replacing Your Roof

When it's time to replace your roof, there are a few things you can expect. First, the process of replacing your roof can take a few days to complete. The duration may vary depending on the size of your roof and the complexity of the project.

You will need to hire a professional roofing contractor to carry out the work. They will start by removing the old roof, which involves tearing off the existing shingles, underlayment, and sometimes the roof deck.

Once the old roof is removed, the contractor will inspect the roof deck for any damages and make necessary repairs. Then, they will install the new underlayment followed by the new shingles. Throughout the process, you can expect some noise and disruption but the contractor will take measures to minimize the impact on your daily life.

It is important to communicate with the roofing contractor and ask any questions or concerns you may have to ensure a smooth replacement process. 

Safety First

It’s a top priority that our customers stay safe whenever we come over to repair or replace a roof. When replacing a roof, we often have to remove the old shingles and nails before installing your new roof. This means there will be falling debris and nails on the ground while we get the roof work done. 

It’s crucial for everyone to stay inside or away from the lawn and anywhere near your roof. Even after roof work is finished, it’s always a good idea to be cautious around your property in case there are any pieces of leftover debris.

Avoiding the Noise

Another factor to consider is the noise from hammering shingles onto your roof. Some homeowners have larger homes or basements where they can relocate to another room to minimize the noise. However, if you work at home, the hammering noise could be very distracting! 

Roof work noise can also be very distressing for pets, so you may want to consider having them stay with a neighbor, friend, or family. Homeowners are not required to stay at home when we’re working on a roof, so you can also make plans to take your family out on a day trip to avoid the noise, and return home when the work is done for the day.

Talk to Your Roofer

Your roofer will let you know what to expect prior to your scheduled roof repair or replacement. And if you have any questions (even if it’s if you should stay home during a roof replacement), don’t hesitate to ask! Your roofing contractor can let you know what they need from you. The roofing proposal will also let you know how long your roof work will take. That way, you can make the necessary arrangements for your family ahead of time.

As we’ve mentioned, it’s preferable for homeowners to get their roof repairs and replacements done during the dry seasons of the year. That will ensure that your project won’t get delayed or paused by bad weather. Not sure if your roof needs work? Then schedule a roof inspection with IBEX Roof today! We will assess your roof and let you know if it needs maintenance, repair, or replacing.

If your roof is healthy and doesn’t need any work done, then we’ll let you know that, too! Call us at 360-218-3108 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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