If you didn’t already have an idea, you should know that re-roofing your house is going to turn your home upside for the the day or two that it will take to complete the job. The best thing you can do to prepare is brace yourself mentally for a tremendous amount of noise or spend much or your time at a neighbor’s were you can watch the activity and be available in case the contractor has questions.
The second most important thing you can do is walk around your home taking down pictures and other delicate items on shelves or on furniture that is up against the wall. Although, the hammering will be on your roof, the impact vibrations travel throughout the home and can bounce items to floor.
Cover up your pool or hot tub, if practicable. Nails and roofing materials will be coming off the roof throughout the job and you certainly don’t need those in your favorite place to relax! Your contractor should also assist by covering landscaping to prevent damage from falling debris.
If you have skylights, be aware that this will be the one time that people will actually be looking into your home through them. This may be of particular importance if you have skylights in your bathroom!
At the completion of the job, the contractor should run a magnet over the area of your lawn closest to the house in order to pick up any loose nails. However, do not solely depend on this process. You should perform a visual inspection of your lawn after the crew has left and it is advisable to not walk barefoot in the yard for several weeks after the job.
Additionally, the contractor should pick up any debris and litter generated from the job. It is their duty to remove all debris from the job and do not be hesitant to point out items that might have been missed initially.
Finally, be sure to inspect the roof at completion with your roofer. It is best if you go on the roof so that you can check for missed caulking, incorrectly installed shingles and similar items. Hopefully, you are working with a reputable roofer but it never hurts to double check and ask questions. If you are unable to walk on the roof, make the best visual inspection you can from the ground.