4 Things to Consider Before Redoing Your Roof This Spring

4 Things to Consider Before Redoing Your Roof This Spring
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    If you’ve waited all winter to have your roof replaced, spring will be a welcome sight.

    As the warm weather rushes in, you may be tempted to rush your roof installation to get it taken care of as soon as possible.

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However, before the first shingle is laid, it’s a good idea to think through some basic considerations to ensure you get the best results from your new roof. To help make the most of your investment, here are four things to consider before redoing your roof this spring.

Color

When replacing your roof, the default option is to replace it with the same color and type of materials. However, a new roof installation makes a great time to make a major change.

If you have asphalt shingles, for example, you may consider changing to a new color of shingles or even changing to something less common, such as a metal roof. In any event, it’s a good idea to use virtual design software to ensure your new roof will look good with your existing home materials.

Contractor

Another important consideration with any roof install is who you will hire to do the work. Roofing contractors can vary in experience and customer care, meaning you need to do your research before you sign a contract.

Look for a company that has plenty of positive reviews from the last few months. If you can, you’ll want to reach out to at least a few of these reviewers so you can ask them some questions and possibly even look at their roof.

Protecting Your Landscaping

Though a good roofer will do all they can to protect your landscaping, there may still be occasions in which shingles drop from the roof in an uncontrolled manner. Therefore, it’s vital that you take steps to protect flowers, shrubs, and other landscape elements to ensure your new roof doesn’t cause permanent damage.

You can use plastic sheathing over most plants to prevent nails and shingles from landing directly on them. For especially fragile plants, you can use a piece of plywood angled against your house to provide a protective “ramp” for debris to divert away from your plants.

Noise

Installing a new roof is not a quiet or subtle matter. Depending on the size of your roof, you may have one or more full days of loud noises that are easily audible in your home. If this type of noise will disrupt your day-to-day routine, it’s a good idea to make alternate plans to ensure you are able to keep up with life.

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You may even want to arrange to stay at a hotel or with relatives if the project is expected to take more than one day. If the houses that surround you are fairly close by, it’s a good idea to be considerate of your neighbors, as well.

Let them know in advance that you’re having your roof redone so they can make alternate plans if they anticipate any disruptions. After the project is finished, you can earn major “good neighbor points” by bringing your neighbors some homemade treats as a “thank you” for putting up with your mess.

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