Having your roof replaced is a big step for a homeowner, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. If you've never had a roof worked on before and aren't sure what to do in advance, then here are a few steps to get through the most important parts of pre-roof replacement prep.
Secure a Roofing Permit
First things first: all roofing replacements require a permit. There are no two ways around this. Not only do you need one now to have your roof repaired or replaced, but you'll also need to present one certifying that the roof was replaced if you ever sell your house. Without one, you won't be able to sell your house without completely replacing the roof again, this time with a permit, so it's unwise to try and go without it. Besides that, the vast majority of roofers will not work without a permit as it's technically illegal, so don't try to skip this step.
Empty Attic or Upper Crawlspace
In the days leading up to your roof replacement, it's a very good idea to start unloading everything from your attic. The attic or upper crawlspace will be exposed while the roof is removed and being replaced. This means that dust, dirt, and even water (depending on the weather) could potentially get into your attic. For this reason, take anything valuable or sentimental out of your attic well in advance and store it elsewhere in your home for time being. If there are items that are too large or bulky to remove in advance, then at least cover them with a weighted tarp to protect them from the elements.
Plan for Children and Pets
Last but not least, it's a good idea to have a place for your pets and children to go on the day of the roof repair. Roof replacements can be loud, and that can potentially upset small children and animals. Consider having your child stay with a friend or family member for the day and temporarily boarding your pet(s) with your veterinarian. This will keep them out of the way and will prevent them from going through the stress of hearing loud noises.
Roof replacement is a pretty easy process for a homeowner to go through, especially if you implement these tips well in advance. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to go to a site like https://www.centuryroofing.net/ or talk to a local specialist.