Should I be home during roof replacement?

Home owner peeking out window

So you’ve just hired a roofing crew and they’re scheduled to come replace or work on your roof. Depending on how you’re wired, a crew of people working on your roof may cause you anxiety, or it may just be another day for you with the addition of construction sounds.

If you’ve ever wondered if you should stay at home while your roof is being replaced, you’re not alone. The honest answer? It’s completely up to you.

Let’s take a look at both options.

Leaving while your roof is replaced

Some people choose to take a little vacation and leave their house. The only real downside to that is that something may go wrong and we may need to contact you. It would be great if everything went completely smoothly every time we work on a roof, but that’s not reality.

Recently our crew was working on a home and we were unaware that there was a water tank in the attic. Unfortunately, improper installation years ago resulted in a line being punctured while we were doing our work, and soon the home had water dripping in the attic.

Wouldn’t you want to be there if something like that happened? Thankfully that type of situation is rare, but it’s definitely possible.

So why do people leave while roofers work on their house? The noise is probably the biggest reason. There is all sorts of scraping, hammering, people walking on your roof, and old materials being thrown off the roof. It’s a loud and messy process!

If you do decide to leave, be sure to communicate with your project’s manager so they know how to get in touch with you in case of an emergency.

Staying at home while your roof is replaced

Some people prefer to stay at home. Maybe they like to be in the loop, maybe they have work at home they need to do, or perhaps the noise just doesn’t bother them.

If you’re staying at home, be aware that roofing is a messy job while it’s in progress. We do our part to clean up before we leave. But while the roof work is actually in progress, hundreds of nails and shingles are coming off the roof and hundreds more are being put on.

One of the things we highly recommend against is leaving while the work is in progress. Cars coming in and out of a garage while your roof is being worked on can be dangerous for both people and vehicles.

Another recommendation we make is that you put up any pets or livestock. There is a lot of movement during the job, including sharp tools and equipment, gates being opened, and more. Leaving animals out with a group of noisy strangers around is not a recipe for success.

Ultimately, whether you end up staying or leaving, we will aim for the best outcome. Clear communication is key. And with us, making you comfortable is a huge priority during the process.


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