New Roof Installation: Before, During, & After
A new roof is a significant investment for any homeowner. Not only is it a significant financial investment, but it’s also a major home improvement project that will disrupt your daily routine. It’s essential to be prepared for the entire process, from start to finish, so that you can make informed decisions and avoid any stressful surprises.
Here at Matute Roofing, we do our best to make the process easy, efficient, and stress-free. To help you prepare for your new roof installation, we’ve put together this guide with everything you need to know before, during, and after the process.
Before Installation: Plan and Prepare
New roof installation is a major project, so it’s important to do your research and plan ahead before starting the process. The first step is to consult with a reputable roofing contractor to get an estimate and learn about your different roofing options.
When looking for the right roofing contractor, there are some things you’ll want to look for in your search. You’ll want to research their level of experience and any previously completed projects. It’s also essential to ensure that whoever you choose is licensed, bonded, and insured.
A large red flag for any roofing contractor is an insistence on paying in cash. Checks, credit cards, and debit cards provide a simple and safe payment method. This is because they leave traceable evidence of your transaction. Unless you receive a receipt that proves your payment, you could be scammed out of your money!
Once you’ve chosen the right contractor and scheduled an installation date, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your home and make the process go as smoothly as possible:
- Clear your gutters and downspouts of any debris, so the contractor has clear access to your roof.
- Remove any loose or damaged shingles from your current roof.
- Make sure there’s plenty of parking available near your home for the contractor’s truck and equipment.
- Trim back any trees or shrubs around your home so the contractor can safely and easily access your roof.
- Prepare to be without power for a few hours on the day of installation. The contractor may need to disconnect your power lines before starting work.
- Plan for alternate sleeping arrangements if you’re not comfortable with workers being on top of your house while you’re trying to sleep.
During Installation: What to Expect
On the day of installation, the contractor will first set up scaffolding or ladders around your home. This will give them safe access to your roof. Once they’re set up, they’ll start removing your old roof. This can be loud, so be prepared for some construction noise throughout the day. The old shingles and other materials will be hauled off in dumpsters, so there may also be some traffic in and out of your yard.
Once that is completed, the supplies for your new roof will be hauled in. The estimated timeframe for completion should always be provided to you before work begins on your roof. That will give you time to plan other living accommodations if you feel that the noise will be too much to handle.
After Installation: Following Up
Once the job is done, the contractor will clean up the work area and haul away any remaining debris. They’ll also conduct a final inspection of the job site with you to make sure you’re happy with their work. Be sure to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. A good contractor wants you to be completely satisfied with their work before they consider the job done.
In some cases, minor touch-ups or repairs may need to be made after installation—if this is the case with your new roof, be sure that these are completed to your satisfaction before making a final payment.
And that’s it! With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that your new roof will be installed quickly and smoothly, giving you peace of mind (and protection from the elements) for years to come.
Enjoy Your New Roof Installation!
Installing a new roof is a big project. But with proper planning and preparation (and by following our helpful tips), it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By taking care of things like clearing gutters and trimming trees before installation starts, you can make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. And once it’s all finished, you’ll enjoy years of worry-free protection from mother nature!
Thankfully, there are no contractors more honest, dependable, and professional in the New Jersey area than Matute Roofing. We are family-owned & operated roofing contractors that have over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry. Our experienced crew will help with any insulation problems or questions you may have!
If you’re in need of inspections, repairs, or any other roofing services, please give us a call at 973-618-6489. You can also fill out our contact form or check us out on social media — Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.