Roof replacement is a pretty big home improvement. It takes time to schedule, it takes waiting on the right weather, and it takes a bit of money as well. But after you’ve worked out all the logistics, have set a date for your roof replacement, and are looking forward to simply having it done. What do you actually do during the replacement?

Clients often ask us: “Should I move out while my new roof is installed?”

The easy answer is, you don’t have to. Roof replacement for an average sized single-family home only takes a few days. Typically it’s two or three, but it has mostly been done under a week, barring extreme weather incidents or major repairs. Most roofers conduct business during the weekdays when homeowners are at work, so there’s minimal disruption. But, if you work from home, or spend most of your time at home, it’s possible you may want to stay out of the house for the few days your roof is being replaced.

Roofing does mean a large crew walking around on top of your home, and it means a lot of construction, all of which leads to a great deal of noise. Though our crews are respectful and professional, replacing a roof simply means a lot of construction. If you’re not sure you’ll be able to stand the noise for the length of the day, it might be a good idea to get out of the house, at least while the roofers are working. But, if you’re unable to leave the house, or feel you can handle it just for a day or two, here are a few considerations to make for when your roofer comes to install your new roof:


If you plan to be at home during the roof replacement with the kids, be sure to let them know what’s going on, and give them a few extra rules for that time period. Designate certain safe spaces in the house for them to play in, and make sure they know not to go outside to play while the roofers are working. Since roofers have to tear off your old roof, there’s a lot of debris falling off on all sides of the roof, and it’s not safe to have the kids running around below them.


Whether you’re planning on staying in your home or leaving during your roof replacement, it’s a good idea to consider removing or securing your pets. Even very calm pets can find the roofing process distressing, and may not react well to strangers banging around on their home. At the very least, keep your pets in a quiet room, like the basement, where they can have a little relief from the noise, or consider taking them with you for the day if you’re concerned they won’t react well to the additional stressors.


Most quality roofers will recommend you park your car on the other side of the street during the roofing process. If you normally park in the driveway, falling debris could hit your car, and if you typically park in the garage, the construction can shake tools and items down from the walls, accidentally hitting your car. It’s best to make sure your car is parked far away from the house while roofers are working, just to be on the safe side.

Outdoor Furniture and Landscaping

Roofing is notoriously messy. While quality roofers will lay down tarps to catch debris and come around with a magnet after the job is done to collect any stray nails, you’ll want to bring in any outdoor furniture, grills, or valuables you have outside your home. Debris can fall from the roof and you’ll want to make sure your items are protected. Additionally, if you have any landscaping around the house you want especially protected, it doesn’t hurt to lay out a few of your own tarps, just to make sure nothing unwanted falls on your landscaped yard.


If you’re getting your roof replaced in the near future, these are all great considerations to keep in mind, to ensure you and your home stay safe throughout the installation. If you’re worried about staying in your home during the process, don’t hesitate to give your roofer a call, and they’ll be able to walk you through what to expect and let you know how long your installation is likely to take.


Still not sure if it’s time to replace your roof? Give Werner Roofing a call. We’ll give you an honest assessment of where your roof is, and let you know if you really need a replacement. We know it can be difficult to make that final decision, so we’re here to help you in any way we can. Give our office a call at 616-844-5382 or contact us online today for your free roofing estimate.


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