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If you’re getting ready to replace your roof, you can expect a few days of mild disruption to your daily routine. Fortunately, a few simple measures can alleviate any disturbance caused by the project.

Although labor-intensive, replacing the roof on an average-sized, single family home can be done in a day or two given the right circumstances. It may take a little longer for a large, complex project or if the weather doesn’t cooperate. In general, though, overlaying or completely replacing a roof on your Delaware home should not take more than a few days.

It is not necessary that you be home during the project but you certainly can be.

How to Prepare for a Roof Installation

Whether you’re staying or going, here is what to expect when replacing a residential roof and what you can do to help the process go smoothly:

1. Prepare Your Lawn and Porch

While the project is underway, roofers are on your property and on your roof. Although they park a dumpster onsite for disposing of old materials, it is typical for some debris, nails, and even old shingles to fall into your landscaping and outdoor space (but don’t worry, your roofer will go through at the end to pick up any stray metals). Clear all toys, furniture, and equipment from your porch, yard, and garden. If you have plants that are especially fragile or require special care, let your roofing manager know so that they can lay down tarps over anything you want to protect.

2. Temporary Parking Changes

Since it may be difficult to access your garage or driveway during the project, please move your vehicles to the street or an alternative parking spot the night before the project begins. Plan to park them there when you return from work or running errands as well.

3. Find Indoor Activities for Kids and Pets

Because your property is transformed into a job site, it’s best to keep your children and pets inside while the roofers are working. If you can, ask a friend or family member to keep your pets for the day, as the hammering and other noise may upset them. When children go outside to play in the evening, tell them to be cautious of debris and make sure they’re wearing sturdy, close-toed shoes.

4. Be a Good Neighbor

During your roof replacement, there is extra noise and disturbance. Out of respect for your neighbors, inform them ahead of time so they can plan accordingly. It’s a great way to build goodwill among neighbors and show you recognize your roof replacement affects their life too.

5. Temporarily Remove Wall Hangings

Installing a brand new roof causes the whole home to vibrate. You should remove wall décor that is breakable or could be damaged, such as mirrors, pictures, loose shelving, and wreaths. You should also secure all windows.

6. Get Your Attic Ready

Your attic is susceptible to gathering dust and debris during a roof replacement. If you have sentimental and fragile items stored in your attic, move them to a lower level during the project. Meanwhile, cover the furniture and other surfaces, including the floor, with tarps to make cleanup a breeze.

7. Do a Thorough Inspection

After the project is complete, your roofing team lets you inspect the new roof and you should take advantage of the opportunity while they’re still on site. Feel free to express any concerns or questions, as doing so now enables the team to address them right away.

8. Expect to Pay Out-of-Pocket

Most likely, your homeowner’s insurance policy only covers a roof replacement for your Delaware home if the damage was caused by a sudden accidental event or random act of nature. If you have to repair or replace a roof that’s gradually deteriorated because of neglect or normal wear-and-tear, prepare to pay out of pocket. In 2019, roof replacement costs in New Castle County ranged from about $6,184 to $7,948, which covers materials, labor, equipment, surface preparation, machinery, and cleanup.  Also, most companies offer various financing plans to meet their customers’ budgeting needs, so be sure to ask your prospective companies if they offer financing. 

The Value of a Roof Replacement

Although there can be some small disruptions during a roof replacement, the benefits of a new roof are numerous and well-worth the mild inconvenience. Bromwell Construction will give you all the information you need to be well prepared for the project and take precautions to protect your property and family while the work is underway.