How To Prep Your Attic For A Roof Installation

Posted on: 20 March 2020

Getting a new roof installed can be exciting, but there is some work the average homeowner needs to do before it can be done. This is to protect your belongings and to ensure that you have the most smooth and effortless experience while a new roof is being put on your home. Here's what you should do if you have an attic in order to get ready for the roof installation.

Move What You Can

Attics tend to hold a lot of storage items, including those that are old. It's a good time to consider moving as much of these things out of the attic - temporarily - as you can.

The reason for this is that while the roof is being replaced, the old roof of your home will temporarily be gone. While the rest of your house will still have a ceiling to protect it, the attic won't. The roof is it. So anything that's in the open of your attic could experience being exposed to moisture, dust, dirt, and even plant bits if you have tall trees on your property. You'll likely want to keep the things in your attic safe from this stuff, so move as much out as you can.

Cover What You Can't

Realistically speaking, it's not possible to move everything out of the attic, especially if you're working on short notice because your roof suddenly failed or had a severe leak. For these items, simply covering them with a weighted tarp should be enough to protect them from any exposure to foreign contaminants. Make sure that you choose a tarp that's large enough to not only cover the objects but to also be weighed down at the base so that it doesn't fly away from a breeze coming through the roof opening.

Be Prepared for Power Outage

This last step could apply to your entire house, but it ultimately depends upon the wiring in your home. In many cases, shutting off the breakers that control the power to the attic will be a necessity.

This is in order to protect both the roofers and you. The roofers don't want to be exposed to anything electric that could hurt or electrocute them, obviously. But you also don't want moisture and debris potentially starting an electrical fire if they come into contact with electrical appliances or outlets in your attic. For this reason, it's a good idea to research your breaker box and to figure out which breaker controls the attic's electricity.

To learn more about roof installation, contact a roofer near you.