How Do I Prepare My Home for a Roof Replacement?

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When It’s Time to Update Your Home

The roof on your home has a lifespan of about 20-years, give or take a few years depending on the level of maintenance you perform on it. After about 18-years, it is highly recommended to start considering replacing the roofing structure. Doing so will help protect your property and extend the life of the roof decking as well. For anyone considering a roof replacement in Cedar Park, TX, look no further than Malachi Consulting Roof Specialist for all your needs. We can help you through the entire process. Call us at (512) 520-0523 to get started. 

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How to Get Ready for a Roof Replacement

If it’s been determined that your home needs a new roof, there are several things you will have to do to get ready. At this stage, many are curious to know, is a roof replacement covered by insurance? Generally, any roofing update isn’t covered by insurance as it’s considered general maintenance. The only time it might be covered is if the need for a roof replacement was caused by or the result of a covered peril. For more information about covered perils, contact your insurance provider. Otherwise, it’s similar to if you needed a sewer camera inspection. That process is often not covered by insurance either. 

When you are starting to get ready for the replacement process, don’t be afraid to stay in contact with your roofer. Ask them about what are the roof replacement costs and fees, what is expected from you, how long it will take, and so on. In many cases, contractors will give you a rundown similar to the one listed below. It will give you a general understanding of what you need to do to get ready. 

Roof Replacement Preparation Checklist

Many homeowners are curious about how to prepare their home for a roof replacement. They are wondering if there is anything they need to do or set up to make the process as easy as possible. Believe it or not, but there is actually quite a bit you can do to prepare your home and your family for the replacement process. 

  • Children and Pets: If a replacement is on the books, start making arrangements for younger children and pets that are in the house. The loud noises and strangers can be very alarming for everyone, so if possible, kennel your pets and take your kids to daycare or another house for the time being. 
  • Cars: Make sure to move cars away from the house and, possibly, the garage if there is attic access there. Roofers need to be able to get as close to the house so they have access to tools, equipment, and so they can toss trash without fear of damaging your property.
  • Painting and Valuables: The force and vibrations of the replacement process can travel through the walls. When that happens, artwork, paintings, pictures, and valuables could be at risk for damage. If you’d like, take them down off the walls while the roof is being replaced.
  • Attics: As mentioned earlier, roofers will likely need access to the attic. Parts of the replacement process may involve getting inside to take care of things. For that, make sure that cars, boxes, trunks or anything else is out of the way. Also, if there are valuables in the attic, make sure they are covered with a tarp or sheets.
  • Satellite Dishes: One of the last things that can be easy to forget about is a satellite dish. If there is one on your roof, make sure to temporarily remove it. Roofers need complete access to every aspect of your roof and a satellite dish will just get in the way. 

After going through all of this plus the replacement, you may be wondering a few more things. One question we get asked often is actually, is a roof replacement tax deductible? Unfortunately, the answer is no. New roof installation or replacements – that aren’t the result of damage – are not deductible. They are considered home maintenance, which can help your property value, but it won’t help you with taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should I stay home during a roof replacement?
    • That’s really a personal preference. You are not expected to stay home during the process unless it is otherwise explicitly specified. Otherwise, most contractors will work during typical 8-5 hours, which many understand is when others are going to work themselves. If you’d feel more comfortable at home, you are welcome to stay.
  • How long does it take roofers to replace a roof? 
    • Depending on what all needs to be done, most roof replacements should take about 3-days to complete. That’s assuming that contractors won’t also have to remove and repair any underlying damage. If that’s the case, it may take longer.
  • What is included in a roof replacement?
    • Generally, roof replacements involve removing every last bit of the previous roofing material down to the roof decking. If necessary, the decking or other areas of the roof are repaired, then new material is installed on-top. Included as well is also flashing replacement, ice dam protection and more.
  • How much should I expect to pay for a roof replacement?
    • The total cost will depend on the size of your roof if there is any damage that needs to be repaired and more. Overall, homeowners with a 1500 sq. ft roof should expect to pay around $2000 or more for a complete replacement.
  • How can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced?
    • There are several signs to look for such as curling or buckling shingles. If you notice bald spots on shingles, many of the granules could be missing and could result in damage. Also look for missing shingles, dented gutters or flashing, and really anything that just doesn’t look right. 
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Call Our Team Today to Learn More

When you need a roof replacement in Cedar Park, TX, contact Malachi Consulting Roof Specialist. We are happy to help you. Dial (512) 520-0523 for more information.