If you're about to have a new roof installed on your home by a company like Davis Bros Roofing, you may want to be prepared for the clean-up. Doing some advanced planning will allow you to avoid the mess that is often left after a roofing job. Here are some simple tips that will help take the work out of the clean-up.
Prepare the Workspace
While the construction crew is removing your old roof, they're going to be throwing the rubbish on the ground. You can reduce the clean up by laying tarps on the ground to capture the debris.
Once the project is complete, you can roll up the tarps and throw everything away. If you have planters around the perimeter of your home, you should cover your plants with tarps. This will protect them from damage during the roofing project. Another way to protect your plants is to prop sheets of plywood up against your home. Set the plywood in front of your plants and then tip it until it's resting against your home.
Rent a Dumpster
Most roofing contractors will remove the discarded roofing material once the project is complete. However, that leaves your yard cluttered with garbage while they're working. As soon as you know the start date for your roofing project, call and order a dumpster from your trash collection company.
They'll set up the dumpster so that the contractors have a place to throw the roofing debris while they're working. For maximum efficiency, have them place the dumpster directly below your roof, so that the roofers can simply push the debris from the roof into the dumpster.
Donate the Shingles
Did you know that roughly 10 million tons of discarded roofing shingles are disposed of in landfills each year in the United States? You can keep those shingles out of the landfill by donating them to charity. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity will take gently used shingles and recycle them for their charity housing projects.
If there isn't a Habitat for Humanity chapter in your area, you can donate them to area trade schools that offer construction classes. Most organizations that accept donated roofing shingles will come to your home to pick them up, which means you won't have to clean them up.
You've got to have your roof replaced. That doesn't mean you have to deal with all the mess. The tips provided above will help you reduce the mess associated with having your roof replaced.