Things To Do Before Reshingling Your Roof

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Things To Do Before Reshingling Your Roof

23 September 2016
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Are you getting ready to reshingle your roof or to hire someone to do it for you? Are you making plans so that you have everything all ready for the project? For any given project, there are things that obviously need to be done and things that are less obvious. Obviously, to redo your roof, you'll need new shingles. But less obvious things that need to be done include:

Plan for disposal: Reshingling a roof creates a lot of trash. Old shingles, nails, and flashing will all need to make it to the dump somehow. The most obvious way to do this is via dumpster rentals from a company like RMS Containers. As a bonus, with large enough dumpster rentals, the excess materials can be thrown directly into the dumpster from the roof, without needing to first gather everything up and carefully place it inside of the dumpster. True, some of these thrown items might miss their intended target, but they should be easier to clean up than if everything was thrown haphazardly off of the roof.

Get permits: For some municipalities, you may need a permit in order to reshingle your roof. If your home is in a historic district, for example, you may need to show that your new roofing materials will comply with the standards set by the city. If you're planning on changing between roofing materials, your city or county might want you to prove that the new material is appropriate for your home. You may even need a permit if you want to do any dumpster rentals. If you're unsure if permits are needed for either of these, your roofing contractor and dumpster rental company should be able to give you information for your area or direct you to someone who knows.

Board your pets: Reshingling a roof is noisy and can be scary for pets. Cats may hide from the noise while dogs may bark all day in an effort to drive away what they perceive to be intruders. If you have a pet bird, they may fly haphazardly around their cage in an attempt to escape whatever is making all that racket. For the sake of everyone involved, make plans to take your pets elsewhere for the duration of the roofing project. Even simply taking them over to your neighbor's house to stay during the day and then bringing them home at night may be enough so that your pets don't feel threatened by all the noise.