The Roofers Are Coming: 3 Things You Should Do Before Your New Roof Is Installed

If you're in the process of remodeling your home, have your roof replaced at the same time. Roof replacement is a big investment, but it's one that will protect your home from water damage, and will increase the value of your home. Before the contractors start installing the new roof, here are several things you'll need to do, to make sure you're ready for the process to begin. Following these simple procedures will help you avoid problems later.

Start with a Bare Surface

You can save some money by having the new roofing material installed right on top of the old material. However, if you do that, you'll be missing out on the opportunity to have your entire roof updated, and made more energy-efficient, which is important in colder climates. Once your roof is stripped down to the bare surface, your roofers will be able to inspect the plywood subsurface for damage, and take care of any repairs that need to be made. They'll also be able to ensure that your roof is properly protected against ice and water damage,

Prep Your Attic

If you're using your attic for storage, you'll need to take some steps to get it prepared for the new roof, especially if you're storing wood furniture, or other important items up there. During the roofing installation, dirt and debris can drop from the ceiling, which may end up on the surface of the items you have stored. Protect your valuables by covering everything with drop cloths, or old blankets, before the roofers arrive. It's also a good idea to stabilize anything that could be knocked over by vibrations, such as standing mirrors that are propped up against the wall, or large stacks of boxes.

Mow Your Lawn

It might not seem like mowing your lawn would be something you need to do before you have your roof replaced, but it's actually very important. During the roofing installation, roofing nails may drop to the ground, especially while the old roof is being removed. Those nails are going to land in your yard. Once the installation is complete, the roofing company will use a special tool, equipped with magnets, to pick up all the loose nails in your yard. If your lawn is too long, the magnet won't be able to pick up all the nails. Ensure that all the nails are removed, by mowing your lawn before the roofers arrive.