Getting a new roof means you will have workmen on the property for a few days, but afterward you will have a beautiful new roof. Materials for the new roof will likely arrive in the day or two leading up to the construction start date. You need to be ready for the delivery, since this is the first phase in ensuring your new roof goes on smoothly and quickly. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Move your cars
The roofing supplies are usually stacked in the driveway upon arrival. This is so the stacks of shingles don't damage your grass. Once they arrive, you won't be able to get into or out of your garage, so it's important to move your cars beforehand. You may need to park on the street for the duration of the roofing project. The shingles are usually stacked on top of pallets or brown paper, so there is no need to worry about staining on the driveway.
Tip #2: Find out about the tear-down dumpster
Most roofing companies use either a tear-down dumpster or a trailer to gather the old shingles they tear from the roof. This will need to be placed somewhere accessible, since often the shingles are tossed straight from the roof and into the dumpster when feasible. Find out if you need to clear space in the driveway or on the street for the dumpster, as well as when to expect its delivery. If the plan is to park in on the grass, then flag the location of sprinkler heads so they aren't driven over. You may also want to refrain from watering for a day or two to cut down on ruts in the lawn.
Tip #3: Provide electricity
Roofers will need access to at least once outdoor electrical outlet. If you are using the outlets for other purposes on the property, please free up the outlets before the roofers arrive. In the event your home doesn't have exterior outlets, you will need to run an outdoor extension cord inside to either a garage or in-home outlet. Please choose a grounded outlet for safety reasons. Your roofer can help you find a suitable outlet.
Tip #4: Find out about the bathroom policy
Some states or municipalities require a portable toilet on all job sites, regardless of whether or not a restroom is available inside the home or building. If this is the case in your area, you will need to provide a location for it to be placed. Most companies prefer to place them at the end of the driveway, as far from the house as possible. Make sure the area that is chosen is clear and ready for delivery.
For more help in preparing for your new roof, talk to your roofing contractor.