04 Oct Roofing Nuisances
Yes, getting a new roof can indeed be a nuisance.
The very nature of the roofing business and re-roofing projects necessitate noise, smell, and a general mess. There’s simply no way to get around it. However, it is important for the safety and comfort of those in and around your home that you hold your contractor to the highest safety and workplace cleanliness standards.
Noise from hammering and loud equipment outside your home or the smell of hot tar when applied to your roof is pretty much unavoidable in any given roofing project. Your contractor can minimize the disturbance; however, it is virtually impossible to eliminate. The mess generated by a roofing project can also be mitigated by a contractor who emphasizes daily cleaning and safety on the job site.
Roofing requires nails, heavy materials, and other sharp metal objects to be used and installed during most phases of the project.
First, do not enter or leave the house for your safety and security while work is being performed overhead. Enter and leave the house only when there’s no possibility of any debris and roofing material falling on you. The second safety measure is to expect your contractor to clean up as much small and large debris as is reasonably possible, including any metal fragments or nails that may have fallen off the roof at the end of each day. That debris can be dangerous for adults, children, and pets that may play or walk in the grass or along paths.
To ensure your contractor’s compliance, you must make it clear – before the work begins – that you expect the job to be performed in this manner. You may even wish to have the contractor include a provision to this effect in the contract or scope of work before you sign a work order. Contracting is generally loud, messy, and smelly work, but safety should never be compromised with proper care.
Ensure your family’s safety by communicating clearly with your contractor to understand exactly what will be done to prioritize safety on the job.