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Do I Have To Leave My House During a Roof Replacement?

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If you’re planning a roof replacement project in the near future, you may be wondering if you have to leave your house during the replacement. The short answer is no — you don’t need to temporarily relocate.

However, it’s important to consider what happens during a roof replacement, as this might influence your decision to stay or vacate the property until your project is complete.

This blog explains what happens during a roof replacement and why some homeowners might want to consider leaving until their new roof is installed.

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What To Expect During a Roof Replacement

Before you commit to staying in your house during the roof replacement process, it’s important to understand what you can expect. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind that may influence your decision to stay or leave:

It Can Get Loud

Roof replacements can be rather noisy, with contractors needing to saw, hammer, and walk around on the rooftop. This can be particularly challenging for those who work from home, have young children, or have pets with noise sensitivities. In these circumstances, it may be best to relocate temporarily until your project is complete.

It Takes a While

The average roof replacement can take anywhere from two days to a full week to complete, depending on the type of roof you have, the size of the roof, and the contractor’s efficiency. For some, that might not seem like a long time to endure the effects of the process.

Others, however, may not want to deal with the noise, mess, and constant in-and-out from contractors for that time, choosing to vacate the property instead.

It Can be Intrusive

During your roof replacement, it’s common for contractors to need indoor access during the early and final stages of the project. This is because your roofing professionals need to inspect the attic for potential cracks, faults, or leaks to ensure the replacement is performed accurately.

Consider how this intrusion will impact your day-to-day as you weigh your options for temporary relocation or remaining on-site.

It Can be Messy

As expected, roof replacements can create a lot of mess around the property. While the best roofing contractors will ensure a thorough cleanup after the job is complete, there’s bound to be a great deal of clutter and debris during the process.

If you have small children, curious pets, or older family members with a higher fall risk, leaving the premises until the project is complete may be the best option.

So, Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Roof replacements can be inconvenient, but the result is always worth the chaos. The decision to leave or stay during a roof replacement should be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration:

  • Daily routine: If you work from home or are a homemaker, staying on-site during a roof replacement may disrupt your daily routine.
  • Household members: Those with young children, infants, elderly family members, or pets may find it easier to relocate.
  • Inconvenience threshold: Consider your tolerance for general inconveniences and disruptions when deciding to stay or leave.

Schedule Your Roof Replacement With Schoenherr Roofing

Whether you decide to stay or temporarily relocate during your roof replacement, Schoenherr Roofing is prepared to ensure your project is performed to the highest standards possible.

Delivering service excellence in every project we’ve undertaken for nearly 30 years, we’re proud to be the roofing contractor of choice throughout Southeast and Southwest Michigan.

Get a free roof replacement estimate from our team by contacting us today. 

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