Should You Stay Home During a Roof Replacement?

So, the scheduled date for your roof replacement is coming up and you’re wondering should I stay home during the roof replacement or should I make other plans?

This is actually a very important question to ask your roofing contractor before signing off on the entire process. While the decision is yours to make, there are several important factors that will affect that decision — especially if you have kids or pets.

Below we’ll sort out the details of those factors so you can decide what’s best for you and yours when you go about getting your roof replaced.

Should I Stay Home During Roof Replacement Projects?

construction worker removing the old roof tiles

Whether you should or shouldn’t stay home is entirely up to you. Your roofing contractor shouldn’t have an issue if you decide not to pick up and leave while his or her team is installing your new roof. 

However, whether or not it’s a good idea to stay home during your roof replacement will depend on your current living situation. If you have kids or pets, your contractor will likely recommend that you stay elsewhere or arrange for your kids or pets to stay elsewhere for the time being.

Here’s why:

  • Roofing is very loud work. If anyone in your neighborhood has had construction done, you know how loud it can get. Of course, it’s even louder when it’s happening directly over your head. If everyone is out of the house during the day, the noise won’t be an issue. If you work from home, staying home may be a bad idea throughout the roof replacement process.
  • Pets and kids aren’t fans of loud noise. Pets and children may be good at making unnecessary noises, but they don’t actually appreciate the stress of the constant loud banging coming from elsewhere. Animals are especially sensitive to loud noises due to their incredible hearing capabilities, which amplify noise. At the very least, you may want to have a friend or family member take in your pets during your roof replacement to prevent stress.
  • You’ll need to stay out of the way. If you choose to stay home during your roof replacement, your contractor will make sure you understand the importance of staying out of the way. Once your old roof has been removed, the roofing team won’t be able to tell if there are people walking around below where nails and tools, and roofing materials may fall. Your roofer will likely go over a designated footpath for when you need to come and go, but if you’re constantly walking outside to sneak a peek at how the job is going, you could be putting yourself in harm’s way.
  • You may have to find a new parking spot. Roofing contractors are generally careful about blocking homeowners’ driveways and interrupting their daily lives. However, the layout of your home may make it unsafe to remain parked in your driveway. If your overall space is small you may also get blocked in, which means you may need to arrange to park elsewhere.
  • It may be cold. One of the primary functions of a roofing system is to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the home. While it may be fine to stay home during the roof replacement, you’ll want to consider the fact that an open roof will bring in a significant draft. If you can’t handle the temperature or have fussy kids, it may be best to stay elsewhere.

The 3 Benefits of Staying Home

suburban house with partially complete roof

While getting your kids and pets out of the house for their own sake, staying home during your roof replacement comes with its own set of benefits, such as:

1) Saving Money

Roof replacements can take anywhere from three to 10 days. This means you’ll have to arrange to stay in a hotel and eat takeout the whole time, and find stuff to do so you’re not bored — which can get expensive. 

2) Constant Communication

A reliable contractor will keep you informed of how the project is going. However, staying home means you get the updates face-to-face and you get to see the progress first-hand.

3) It’s More Convenient

Having to pack up and leave home for a while with or without kids or pets is generally an inconvenience. It’s especially inconvenient if you’re arranging to stay at a friend’s house or with family (for various reasons you can probably imagine). Staying home means no packing, no relocating, and no forgetting something you need and can’t come back to get.

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

The decision to go or stay home during your roof replacement is simple once you know what your project timeline will be and carefully consider the above. If you aren’t sure of what to do, you can trust that your contractor will help you make the right decision based on their initial assessment of your existing roof and the project at hand. 

Allphase Restoration can help you make the right decision and more. Give us a call today to schedule your free inspection.

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