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Questions To Ask Your Roofer Before Installation Begins

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If it is time for a new roof on your home, you don't want to delay. Prepare for installation by asking your roofer these important questions.

What Are the Teardown Disposal Needs?

Every roofing job begins with the teardown of the old roof. Your contractor will need to arrange for the gathering and disposal of the old shingles, underlayment, and nails. This is usually handled either with a dump truck or a large dumpster, which will need to be placed on your property. If a truck is used, you will need to have a parking area for it, either in your drive or on the street. Dumpsters can be placed on the street, in a driveway, or on your lawn. Permits may be necessary, especially if the dumpster will be in place for more than a day.

Will a Staging Area Be Necessary?

The staging area is where the roofers set the shingles and other materials in order to prep them to go onto the roof. There may also be a necessary area for tools, particularly if new supports or other work needs to be done. For a small job, the shingles may stay on the flatbed the roofer brings them on, so staging isn't really necessary. For larger jobs or jobs where the supplier delivers the materials, you will need to have an area cleared for staging. This can be a driveway, patio, or a section of the yard. The staging area needs to be easily accessible to both the street and the house.

How Is Cleanup Handled?

Cleanup is a necessary part of the roofing job, as you don't want nails and old shingles littering your yard. Some roofers practice a no-mess method of roofing, particularly when it comes to teardown. They rig up a chute between the dumpster and the roof, so there is no concern of dangerous nails being lost on the property. If this method isn't used, then you need to make sure the roofing crew does a full cleanup, including a magnetic sweep, to verify that there are no nails left in your lawn or driveway.

Are There Necessary Home Protection Steps?

Roofing can shake up the house quite a bit, what with the force of the nail guns and laying down materials. Ask your roofer what steps you need to take to protect items in your home. Generally, this may mean taking down pictures and making sure items on shelves and in cabinets are secure.

Contact a residential roofing contractor in your area for more help.


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