Should I Be Home During a Roof Replacement?

Now that the weather is turning nicer, you’ve decided that you’re going to have your roof replaced. If you’re like most people, you are probably wondering if you should be home during the roof replacement. This is one of the first things customers ask when scheduling their roof replacement. The answer is no- primarily because it’s so noisy. However, if you decide that you do want to stay home, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. 

In all honesty, it is entirely up to you whether you stay home during a roof replacement or not. You may want to oversee the work to ensure it is being installed properly, or maybe you want to be there to ask the contractor questions you think of. 

Whatever your reason, the contractor should not have an issue with it. However, a reputable roofing company will recommend that you leave while working. Below are four reasons why they will make this recommendation. 

What You Need to Know if You Stay Home During a Roof Replacement

Most roofing contractors will recommend that you leave when working on your roof, but why? Below, we’ll take a look at 4 things you need to know if you opt to stay home while your roof is being replaced. You may end up changing your mind, especially with the noise and the chance of your car being blocked in. 

Roof Replacements are Loud 

If you’ve never been inside a home where someone was hammering nails on the roof, you have no idea how loud it will get. You may find it quite difficult to stay inside with the banging. Some people even say they can’t even think because of the noise. 

If you live in a two-story, the banging will be slightly muffled, but it will still be loud, and there’s nowhere you can go inside the house to get away from it. Chances are, it will be noisy until the sun goes down for a few days as it takes time to replace a roof.

Consider How Your Pets Will React 

When having your roof replaced, if you have pets, you also have to be concerned about how the noise will affect them. Many customers say that their cats are more affected by a roof replacement than dogs, and some have even mentioned that their cats go into hiding for a week or more following a roof replacement. 

One thing to keep in mind: if your dog is affected by thunderstorms or firecrackers, chances are they are not going to handle the constant banging on top of the roof. Don’t stress your pets out by staying home during a roof replacement. Find somewhere else to go until the job is completed. 

Stay Out of the Way of the Installation Crew 

If you decide that you want to stay home during your roof replacement, you will have to exercise caution when you come out of your home. The debris is tossed over the edge when tearing the old roof off. While they are not going to toss it by the door or other entrances, if you’re close to the gutter line, you may be hit because the crew on top of the roof can’t see over the edge to know if someone is walking around. 

Of course, the contractor will make you aware of the areas they are working on so that you know to avoid those areas. 

Move Your Vehicles Before the Work Gets Started 

Another potential issue that may come up if you decide to stay home is that your car may be blocked in. The contractor will do everything they can to make sure that your vehicles are not blocked, but if you don’t leave, you may end up in a situation where you cannot leave. 

If it gets to a point where the noise is too much, or something has come up, and you need to leave, the contractor will have to stop what they are doing, move everything out of the way and clean up any debris or nails in the driveway. This will make the roof replacement take that much longer. 

Therefore, even if you plan to stay home during your roof replacement, move your vehicle to where you can leave if you need or want to. 

To Leave or Not to Leave?

So, can you stay home during your roof replacement? Yes, you can. However, it’s not going to be a pleasant experience. If you have pets, you should leave and take them with you so that they are not stressed out over the noise. 

If your roof needs to be replaced, contact A&J Reliable. You can trust them because they have decades of combined experience. They know what it takes to get a roof installed right the first time, and you won’t have to call them back out. Plus, they offer a variety of roofing types, so if you’d like to do something different than the standard asphalt shingles, they will be happy to help.