Congratulations on your new roof! Getting a brand new roof can be exciting, if a bit stressful, time for homeowners. That’s especially true if the roof replacement has been needed for a while. On the one hand, you probably can’t wait to have the new roof completely installed so you can reap its many benefits, from preventing leaks to making your home more energy-efficient, to just plain looking better. On the other hand, roof replacement can mean a lot of coming and going, noise, and possibly debris around your home. Fortunately for everyone, Terre Haute roofing contractors can usually get the job done within a few days.
But what should you, the homeowner, do while roofing contractors do their job? Most people stay in their homes, which is absolutely fine and safe to do. When contractors move quickly, the interruption is minimal. However, some people may choose to vacate during the day or even to stay with friends or relatives for the duration of the project. To figure out what’s best for your particular roof replacement, it helps to know what to expect, as well as what factors may impact your decision.
What to expect from your Terre Haute roofing contractors
Each roofing project is different, so talk with your roofing contractor about the specifics. Like anywhere else, here in Terre Haute and the greater Wabash Valley area, roofing contractors will all have slightly different setups and work processes. The bottom line, however, is that a roof replacement turns your home into a construction site.
Plan for noise, materials, debris, and the presence of workers who are coming and going. You may even feel vibrations as the project gets underway. As a precaution, it’s a good idea to move or cover items in your attic. In addition, plan to secure valuable items in your home to prevent damage, and move vehicles away from the range of falling debris.
Factors that can impact your decision
For some homeowners, it’s relatively easy to stay in your home and work around a couple of days of a new roof. In fact, many people find the process smooth and simple. For others, you may prefer to spend your time outside of the home during replacement.
1. Babies and kids
While the noise associated with a roof replacement can be annoying to people of any age, adults are generally a little better at coping with it than very young kids. If you have a baby or toddler who needs to nap during the day, it might be worth planning to be out of the house if possible. Keep older children away from areas where debris may be present, which might mean limiting play to indoors. Some kids may also struggle with an entire crew of strangers being at the house.
On the other hand, many children are thrilled to watch the action and find roof replacement fascinating. project fascinating and be thrilled to watch the action. At the end of the day, you know your children’s personalities and temperaments best. This means you’re best equipped to know whether or not they can handle being present during the process. If you can’t move the whole family during the roofing project, consider sending the kids to a grandparent or other relative’s house during working hours.
2. Pets and animals
2. Pets and animals
The hammering, other loud noises, and presence of strangers that go along with roofing may stress out your pets. At the very least, pets need to be kept indoors while the roofing team is at work. Be prepared to offer them some extra comfort if they seem bothered by the process.
3. Working from home
Your Terre Haute roofing contractor and team will likely be hard at work during business hours. If you have a 9-5 job, you may hardly see them. But people who work from home have different considerations. Will you be able to focus and be productive during a full roof replacement?
For most people who work from home, working and roofing may not go together very well. Depending on your work, you may be able to make arrangements to simply work elsewhere. We recommend setting up shop for the day at Java Haute or Little Bear Coffee Co. Or, maybe this is the perfect excuse to take that vacation you’ve been putting off.
4. Longer than average roofing projects
Most home roof replacements are done in under a week, but your roofing contractor should be able to give you a reasonable estimate for your particular project. The season, weather, complexity of your roof, and even the layout of your home can impact duration.
When to stay home during your roof replacement
Most people do stay in their homes relatively comfortably during a roof replacement. If your contractor is confident it won’t take long, you don’t have young kids, and you’ll be at work most of the time anyway, plan to stick around. The main thing to consider is your whole family’s comfort level with the situation.
Ready to look for home roofing contractors in Terre Haute or the greater Wabash valley? Rogers Home Improvement is happy to offer a free estimate on your new roof project. Ready to get started? Get in touch.