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Does your home need a new roof? Are you interested in taking on the task yourself? If so, there are some things that you should do before you actually start the job of installing a new roof.

One of the first things you should do is create a safe working area. It should also be clean and organized for safety and efficiency reasons. Your work area should be blocked off from pets and children. Also, be sure that you are not in danger of hitting power lines, cesspools, or any other unsafe items.

While you are outside, there are a couple other things you should do before taking on the job. Cover any shrubs or plants with tarps to avoid damaging them. You should move any cars out of your driveway, a safe distance from where you will working. Sprinkler systems should be disabled. If you have a pool or hot tub, cover them, too, so roofing debris doesn’t end up in the water.

Then, prepare your home’s interior. Take down wall hangings to make sure they don’t fall off the walls during the process. Also, remove items from walls or shelves that are loose.

After that, you can start preparing the roof’s surface. This is the most important part of the whole process. You will need to properly tear off the old roofing materials. Then, you can examine the deck to see if there are any problems to fix. You may find cracked boards, rotten wood, or an unsound deck that isn’t able to hold nails.

As you can see, there are quite a few things you should do before attempting to install a new roof. When you properly prepare for the task, you can do the job properly and be proud of your efforts.