Life can be busy. You’re potentially working, carting the kids to school and soccer practice, and trying to balance all of the highs and lows of life.
That’s why when you hear you need a roof replacement, your heart sinks. When are you supposed to find the time to plan a big home project?
Here at Rescue My Roof, we understand how stressful and frustrating the roof buying process can be. That is why we are here to answer all of your questions and ease your worries.
In this article, we will be breaking down your role in the timeline of a roof replacement. So the next time you need to plan a roof replacement, you’ll know how involved you will need to be.
What are the Homeowner’s Responsibilities During a New Roof Installation?
When you buy a new roof, what should the homeowner be involved in? While it may be clear you’re not going to be the one putting the shingles on your roof, there are steps the homeowner should participate in.
Beyond being available for the roofing estimate, picking out the materials, and following our “Steps to Complete Before a Roof Installation Guide,” you’re in luck! The homeowner doesn’t have to be heavily involved in a new roof installation.
While your role in the process will be minimal, here are some essentials to remember:
You must remove anything from your yard or interior walls that may be damaged during the roofing process.
Any lawn ornaments or patio furniture may be damaged by falling debris. Additionally, any vibrations from the roofing tools may cause wall decor to fall. Removing these items ahead of time can ensure your property will not be damaged.
After that is done is where your role in the roofing process ends! Your roofing contractors will protect your home to the best of their ability to ensure the rest of the process flows smoothly.
How to Ensure a Roof Replacement is Done On Time
While the homeowner doesn’t play a significant role in keeping to the timeline during a roofing project, a few things are essential for the roofing company.
1. Hiring a Project Coordinator
All roofing companies will have a project coordinator or a foreman at the roofing site to ensure everything is running smoothly.
If the crews run out of materials or encounter a problem, the project coordinator can handle the issue. Crews should never have to both homeowners unless there is a complex issue with the roof that will cost them money.
When there is an issue involving the homeowner, they will be contacted by the project coordinator and informed of the options.
2. Communication is Key
Communication is needed between the crew and the project manager to keep everything running at a reasonable speed.
The project manager should be available to the crew during every step of the process to minimize issues that take up time.
If a crew does need more shingles or ice and water barriers, they will communicate those needs to the project manager and move on to another area of the roof.
After the manager returns with the necessary materials, work on the affected area can resume. This will minimize the amount of downtime a crew has.
Delays in the Roofing Process
We’ve covered your responsibilities and the steps the roofing contractor takes to protect the roofing timeline.
With all these elements in place, an asphalt roof replacement should only take one to two days.
However, one critical issue may cause a delay in the roofing process. While homeowners cannot fix this issue, they should be aware of it.
Unfortunately, while contractors try to avoid delays, things like the weather may stall the installation process.
Weather, mainly rain and snow, will stall the process. Any water can damage the roof decking, and installing anything over wet wood goes against building codes.
Additionally, materials may not adhere properly to the roof if the surface is slick. It’s best to wait until the rain clears to ensure your roof is in the best condition possible.
Work can begin again when the weather clears up. If the storm clears up quickly, it should not be a terrible setback to the roofing timeline.
The First Step to Planning a Roof Replacement
Now that you know all of the elements that can impact a roofing timeline, it’s time to plan a roof replacement.
The first step is finding the best roofing contractor for you. You can read more about it with “9 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor.”
Are you in the greater Milwaukee area? You can take your first step by contacting Rescue My Roof for a free, fast, and honest roof evaluation. Schedule your free estimate today.