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Do I need to be home during my roof installation? (and 10 more useful answers)

Whether you are in the early stages of a roofing project or you already have a contractor scheduled, there are a lot of questions you may be asking yourself about the roofing process. This guide aims to answer questions you may have about what happens after the roofers arrive. For questions about everything before that, check out our earlier guides.

Roof installation

Do I need to be home during my roof installation?

While it’s not strictly necessary for you to be home during a roof replacement, it’s advisable for several reasons. Being present allows you to address any unforeseen issues or questions that may arise during the process. It also provides an opportunity for better communication with the roofing contractor.
If you choose not to be home, ensure that the roofing contractor has clear instructions and contact information, and that you trust them to carry out the job responsibly. Additionally, being on-site allows you to inspect the finished work and address any concerns promptly.

How long does it take to install a roof?

The amount of time it takes a professional roofing crew to install your roof varies based on factors such as materials used, roof size, complexity, and weather conditions. Average times are generally 1-3 days for asphalt shingle or metal roofs, and 6-8 days from wooden shingles, ceramic tiles, or slate time. The larger your roof, the longer the process will take, and complex or particularly steep roofs will also add more time. Cold weather also requires additional steps that can cause the process to take longer.
Don’t worry though, a professional roofing contractor can usually install a fairly standard asphalt shingle roof in just one day.

Can my roof be installed in cold weather?

Yes, roofing can be done in cold weather, but it’s important to consider the specific material being used. Asphalt shingles, for example, may become more brittle in cold temperatures, so the installation process requires careful handling.
Professional roofing contractors often have techniques and manufactures guidelines to follow to ensure proper installation in colder weather. Some roofing materials, like metal, may be more resistant to temperature-related issues during installation.
Consult with a qualified roofing professional for the best advice based on your specific circumstances.

Will the noise from my roof installation harm my pets?

While the noise generated during roof installation can be unsettling for pets, it typically doesn’t cause harm. However, some animals may be sensitive to loud sounds, causing stress or anxiety.
To minimize the impact on your pets, consider providing a quiet, comfortable space indoors away from the construction noise. Additionally, inform your roofing contractor about any specific concerns regarding noise and pets so they can plan accordingly. If necessary, you may explore options like boarding your pets temporarily during the noisiest phases of the installation.

Why do some roofing contractors use subcontractors?

Roofing companies may use subcontractors for various reasons. One common reason is to handle increased work volume or projects beyond the company’s capacity. Some subcontractors can provide specialized skills and labor during peak seasons. Additionally, subcontracting allows roofing companies to focus on project management, customer service, and overall supervision while relying on experienced roofing professionals for specific tasks.
It’s essential for homeowners to inquire about subcontractor usage, ensuring they meet the same standards and qualifications as the roofing company. Clear communication with the contractor can provide insights into the reasons and benefits of subcontracting in a particular situation.

Is it legal to waive a homeowner’s deductible?

No, it is generally not legal to waive a homeowner’s insurance deductible. Doing so can be considered insurance fraud. Both homeowners and contractors involved in such practices may face legal consequences.
It’s important to be cautious of any roofing company or contractor offering to waive your deductible, as it may indicate unethical or illegal practices. Always consult with your insurance provider and follow proper procedures when dealing with insurance claims to ensure compliance with the law and the terms of your insurance policy.

Do roofing contractors need to have a license?

Licensing requirements for roofing contractors vary by state. Not all states have specific licensing for roofers. States like Florida, California, Texas, Illinois and Oregon, for example, typically require roofing contractors to be licensed. However, it’s essential to check the specific regulations in your state, as the requirements can change. Some states may have local regulations or city-level licensing requirements for roofing contractors.
Missouri does not require a state-wide license for roofing, but Saint Louis and Kansas City do, and other cities and counties may as well. Always verify the licensing requirements in your area and ensure that any roofing contractor you hire meets the necessary qualifications.

If my new roof starts to leak, what do I do?

If you notice a leak in your new roof, take the following steps:

1. Document the issue: Take photos or videos of the leaking areas and any damage caused by the leak. This documentation may be useful for insurance claims or discussions with the roofing contractor.

2. Contact your roofing contractor: Notify your roofing contractor immediately. They should address the issue promptly, especially if the leak is a result of the installation.

3.Check your warranty: Review the warranty provided by the roofing materials and the installation. If the leak is within the warranty period, discuss the issue with the manufacturer or contractor.

4. Take temporary measures: If the leak is severe, consider placing buckets or tarps to minimize interior damage. However, this is a temporary solution, and professional repairs should be performed.

5. Make an insurance claim: If the leak causes significant damage, contact your homeowners insurance provider. Provide them with documentation and details to initiate a claim if necessary.

Remember to act quickly when you detect a leak to prevent further damage to your home. Professional roofing contractors are typically committed to addressing such issues promptly, especially if the leak is a result of their work.

Will the roof installation damage the rest of my property?

A good roofing contractor will take several steps to ensure that no damage comes to your yard, garden, or the rest of your property. These steps include:

Protective coverings: Contractors use tarps and protective coverings on landscaping, plants, and other vulnerable areas to prevent damage from falling debris.

Secure belongings: Homeowners should be advised to remove or secure items in the attic and on walls to prevent potential damage during the roofing process.

Gutter protection: Gutter systems may be covered or protected to prevent debris from accumulating during the roof replacement.

Communication: Clear communication between the homeowner and the contractor is crucial. Discuss any concerns, specific areas of the property that require special attention, and establish expectations with your contractor.

Professional crew: Hire a reputable roofing company with experienced and skilled crews. Professional roofers are trained to work efficiently and safely, minimizing the risk of property damage.

Clean-up procedures: Contractors should have a clean-up plan in place, including the removal of debris and a thorough inspection of the property to ensure no damage has occurred.

Insurance and liability: Ensure that the roofing contractor has proper insurance coverage. This protects both the contractor and the homeowner in case of accidental damage during the roof replacement.

Pre-installation inspection: A thorough pre-installation inspection can identify any potential issues that may lead to property damage. Addressing these issues beforehand can prevent problems during the replacement. Be sure to take photos of any areas that concern you, to provide proof should any issues arise.

The main way to guarantee that there isn’t any damage to your property is to choose a reputable roofing contractor. Research your contractor thoroughly and let us help make it easy for you.

Once you have selected your contractor, discuss these measures with them and ask for details about their procedures to protect your property during the roof replacement process.

Will choosing level 3 impact-resistant shingles lower my insurance premiums?

In many cases, yes. Impact-resistant shingles, such as those classified as Level 3, can often qualify homeowners for discounts on their insurance premiums. These shingles are designed to withstand hail and impact damage better than standard shingles.

To benefit from potential premium reductions, contact your insurance provider and inquire about discounts for impact-resistant roofing. Provide them with the details and specifications of the shingles you plan to install, and they can guide you on any available discounts or requirements.

We hope we were able to answer your questions on the roofing contractors and the roof installation process. For more helpful answers, read part one and part two of our roofing questions, and for more in-depth information check out our Blog or our friends at

If you need an inspection, repairs, or a new roof, reach out to us and we can match you with the best local roofers in your area!

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