Prepping Your Home for a New Shingle Roof

Prepare for roof repairs

roof repairs winter damageLike many other parts of your house, your roof does not last forever. Although it is true that they can (and should) last you for many, many years, they are still prone to damages caused by the outside elements and normal wear and tear.

If you’re thinking of having your roof replaced, whether due to damage or simply because you feel like it, here are some tips to help you prepare for the project:

Contacting a Roofing Contractor

One of the first things that you need to do is to look for and contact a professional roofing contractor. You should look for one that has years of experience under their belts and with exceptional knowledge in the field. If possible, ask friends and neighbors who undertook a similar project before for references. Once you have one or two companies in mind, contact them and ask to see their portfolio or any past projects they’ve completed.

Getting Roofing Advice

One of the main reasons why you need to talk to a professional is so you can get the best advice for your roof shingle replacement. An expert roofing contractor should be able to help you when it comes to choosing the best materials for your new roof. They can give you tips about which shingle would work best for the type of weather in your area. They can give you a list of all the things necessary to ensure that your roof will be structurally sound and functional for years to come. They can also advice you about which type and color of shingle will look great on your house, but of course, when it comes to your house’s appearance, the decision is all up to you.

Getting Your Home Ready

Once you’ve struck a deal with your chosen roofing contractor, it’s time to get the house ready for the project. Installing a new shingle roof can be a time-consuming and somewhat dangerous process (and noisy), which is why some roofing contractors will ask you to move out of the house for the meantime to avoid any accidents caused by falling shingles, timber or any other material. Children, pets, cars or even your flower pots in the patio may be damaged by falling debris, so be sure to get them out of the way and safe.

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