Ah, roof replacement. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to worry that they’ll have to move out during a roof replacement project.
Although it is a significant project, relocation during a roof replacement isn’t necessary. However, it might be something to consider based on your situation.
In today’s blog post, we look at home occupancy during the roofing process to help you decide if relocation is right for you.
Roof replacement is no small project, and it involves a team of workers, plenty of tools, and several steps.
All these factors lead to disruption even when working with an experienced team taking all the necessary precautions to make the process easier for you.
So, what exactly should you expect during the roofing process? Here are the typical conditions you’ll experience:
Noise: Considering a crew of workers is on your roof, you can expect much noise during the roofing process. Crew members will not only be walking on your roof but also hammering and using noisy equipment.
If you work from home, have small children requiring naps, or work shift work, these disruptions might be a little too much to deal with.
Caution: While in your home, the roofing process doesn’t present much danger. However, if you choose to venture outside, you could be at risk of materials or tools falling from above. The roofers will offer advice on “staying out of the way,” but you need to consider the comings and goings of your household.
Who is heading to and from work and when? Do you have kids going to and from school? What are your daily routines? How many errands do you run each day? This will help you decide if you might be at higher risk of injury during the process.
Kids and pets: If you have kids or pets at home, they are more likely to respond negatively to the roofing process. All that noise, strangers, smells, and other factors can make children and pets feel unsafe.
As a result, even if you decide to stay home, you might consider sending pets and kids to stay with friends or family, especially if your project will take more than a day.
Vehicles: Another factor to keep in mind is parking. If you drive to work and your vehicles won’t be around while the crew works, or you have a garage to keep your vehicles safe, staying home is fine.
However, if you tend to be home with your car parked in your driveway and run errands throughout the day, your vehicles are at higher risk of damage. You’ll need to find parking on the street to keep vehicles out of harm’s way. Depending on where you live, this might be a challenge. Also, remember the risks of falling debris every time you step out of the house.
It all depends on the project.
The larger the home, the more complicated the roofing features, and the more involved the installation is for the materials being used also impact timing. Putting up with the noise and mess for a day or two might be alright, but if it is more like three or four days, you might consider a relocation instead of home occupancy during the roofing project.
Relocation versus home occupancy during a roof replacement project is really up to you. Consider all the factors and discuss your choices with your roofer before deciding.
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