Getting a new roof installed is oftentimes a dreaded but completely necessary process that all homeowners must experience at some point. The world of roofing can be very confusing to some homeowners and it’s normal to have questions. One of the most common questions we receive when it comes to roof replacements is whether or not the homeowner should stay or leave during the construction. Today we will be answering that question and giving other helpful tips to keep in mind when having your roof replaced.
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Can I stay home during my roof replacement?
The answer to this question is yes, you definitely can stay home during a roof replacement. No reputable roofing company would ever force you into leaving or staying during construction, the decision is completely up to you.
It is worth mentioning that if you are staying home because you don’t trust your roofer then that is a red flag. Any reputable roofing company can be left completely alone and still deliver the same quality of work as when you were home. So, yes you can stay home but there are some things that may prevent you from wanting to do so.
Loud noises throughout the day
One of the main reasons people do decide to leave during a roof replacement is because of the noise. Having a roof replaced is an extremely loud process and there is no way to prevent that from happening. Keep in mind that most roof replacements last multiple days, which means multiple days of noise.
The noise can get old very quickly, especially for those who work from home or need to be on important calls all day. People with younger children also tend to leave during roof replacements since nap time will be an extreme challenge. Pets are another group that gets especially irritable from the noise. Some pets bark the entire time while others get scared and hide. With that being said, it might be worth looking into a place to send your pets or leave with them during construction.
Some people may be unphased by the noise, but it does get annoying quickly. Leaving is not required by any means, but it may up your quality of life for the duration of the time.
Safety issues due to debris
Another factor that may lead you to want to leave your home during a roof replacement is the debris. When it comes to debris, it’s supposed to be as controlled and limited as possible. A reputable roofing company should be cleaning as they move throughout the entire process and preventing debris buildup from occurring.
However, accidents happen and it is still a construction site after all. With that being said, debris may be falling from the roof from time to time and nails may be on the ground. This type of environment is not great for those with smaller children and dogs. The debris and nails pose safety threats and as a parent, you will not have ease of mine until the project is completed.
Again, leaving is not required at all but this is something to keep in mind. If you do decide to stay home we suggest keeping your kids inside and only taking your dog out if it is on a leash.
Wrapping it up
At the end of the day, it really comes down to whether you want to stay or leave your home during a roof replacement. The decision is completely up to you and no roofer should ever force you out for a standard roof replacement.
Those with kids or pets may want to leave for reasons pertaining to them, and the same goes for those who work from home. Remember, a new roof only takes a couple of days to install, and then you will not have to go through this process for many more years.
Finally, we want to wrap this all up by talking about the importance of not postponing roof work. While you are not forced to leave your home, the noise sometimes alone is enough for homeowners to procrastinate scheduling a roof replacement. When it comes to roofing you never want to put anything off. If you procrastinate, you are almost always going to end up spending more money than you initially would have, and you risk damage to your home occurring. It is so much easier to just schedule your routine roofing needs, better safe than sorry.
We are here to help!
At Liberty Roofworks we have over 20 years of professional roofing experience under our belts and that number just keeps increasing. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and high-quality work. All of our amazing roofers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured taking any stress off of you.
Customer service is extremely important to us which is why we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We also work with each one of our customers to make sure they are informed throughout the entire roofing process, leaving no room for surprise or confusion. When it comes to roofing we got you covered. No job is too big or too small for us to take on! Aside from roof replacements we also often do roof repairs, roof inspections, and more.
Are you in need of any roof work? Contact us today and we would be more than happy to send out one of our licensed and insured roofers to perform a thorough inspection and let you know what your options are. With us, roofing is easy!
Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacements
We just threw a lot of information at you and it is perfectly normal to have some questions in mind. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we get about roof replacements and our answers. If your question is still not answered please contact us and we will personally answer it for you.
Q: When is the best time to have a roof replacement done?
A: While you can technically have a roof replacement done at any time during the year, the fall tends to be the best. The fall is great because it is the most predictable when it comes to weather. Summers are notorious for storms and winters bring snow and ice. Bad weather will only delay the process of getting a new roof installed and can cause other obstacles as well. Emergencies come up and if you need to, schedule your roof replacement whenever. However, ideally, schedule it for fall if you know it is just time for a new roof.
Q: How long will my new roof last?
A: New roofs can last for a variety of different time frames. The most popular and affordable residential roof is a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof which can last up to 25 years. Other materials can last up to 100 years, but they require more money to install initially. It really depends on what type of roofing material you decide to go with. It is also important to note that no roof out there will last its intended lifespan without the proper upkeep. This means having routine cleaning done and inspections. As long as you keep up with the state of your roof, you will not need a new one for a long time.
Q: How long will it take for my roof to be replaced?
A: This question has no set-in-stone answer because it can vary by each home. Some roof replacements can be completely done within a day while others can take up to almost a week to complete. This timeframe is determined by a few different things such as the roofing material used, the weather, how big a roof is, and if there are any unique characteristics to the roof that can be more time-consuming. To get the best estimate of how long your roof replacement will take we suggest having an inspector come out. They will let you know their predictions to give you a better idea.
Q: How loud is a roof replacement?
A: It is loud enough that you will probably get annoyed, especially if you do need a multiple-day replacement done. If you are on the second floor of your home it will be louder than on the first floor. You will have roofers hammering nails into your roof as well as footsteps so it can get pretty loud.